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Broken Bicycle

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Have you ever tried taking a bicycle apart? Or a car or plane or something that would be a huge project to put back together?

I was sick for the past week. I took work off. I did nothing but lay in bed. I hated every minute of it. I had a nasty cold – the worst cold I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t think about my book for a week. I put it out of my thoughts entirely. I still have the cold, but I’m getting over it slowly.

Today, I started to work on it. But then stopped. I feel lost all of a sudden. As if, I’d taken apart a bicycle and couldn’t figure out how to put it back together. All the pieces lay surrounding me. I just don’t know what to do exactly.

The entire book, everything… It’s finished and it’s isn’t. I know what I want to have happen. I have the characters pretty much figured out. I have a ton of parts already written. It’s just figuring out the finer details and how to connect the dots.

Oh boy… It feels like it’s going to be the long haul.

Shooting Blanks

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I’m trying to finish up a chapter. I know what should be in the chapter but I can’t find the sentences at the moment to do so. I’m on a very tight deadline for my book. In two months, maybe less.. I need it done. Which is a scary thought considering how little I have actually done. Today was a long day at work and my eyelids feel droopy. Half of me is considering brewing some coffee and chugging a cup of dark espresso. While on the other hand, I really just want to crash.

It’s interesting how movies and books are so BS. In TV shows or films, the hero of the story will chug a cup of coffee while working hard on the project that will save the world. Even though he has work in the morning and most likely get no sleep… That doesn’t faze our hero. He runs on zero sleep and gallons of coffee. If only!

There are actually people in this world who only need 4 hours of sleep. These people astound me. I envy them. All the things I could do with the extra time. I once knew someone like that. She’d fall asleep around midnight and wake up at 4am refreshed. She didn’t have work until 8am and would use the free time to teach herself coding.

Lately, I’ve been drinking way too much coffee. It’s not healthy and I’m trying to lay off. I’d usually drink it to stimulate my mind which helps me to write. But then, I’d have difficulty sleeping and would wake up all groggy. Not fun. Coffee and Cigarettes. The addictions of the world.

Tonight, instead of writing. I’m on here shooting blanks. The idea of coffee is a deadly temptation.

The Best Places To Write Outside of Home

I hate writing at home. There are too many distractions. When I’m home, all I want to do is relax and turn on Netflix or my Xbox. I don’t want to do work and it’s really hard to get myself to work. I love going some place other than my house to write. I find that I have a lot more focus and I can’t accomplish a lot more in a little amount of time.

The places I try to go to are usually quiet with few people. I hate large crowds and noisy spots. I can’t focus or even hear myself think. Over the years, I’ve compiled the perfect list of places to write. Here are the qualifications for a perfect place to work. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be just writing. You can be working on school or a project for your business.

Qualifications… The place has to be:
– Quiet
– Few people
– Have A/C or heating
– Comfortable
– Bathroom facilities
– WIFI (the most important)

Here are my list of places that offer the best setting to write/work in…

1. University / School
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This is the top of my list because it’s the best. Universities or schools always have a library, a classroom that’s free, and many other spots that provide a comfortable place to sit down and plug in your laptop. Schools always have a bathroom that is accessible, A/C or heating, and vending machines for when you get the munchies or are thirsty, and free WIFI. The only downside is that there are usually large crowds of people to found here. The good thing is that mostly everyone is a student which means they’re usually quietly studying.

2. The Hospital
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I love going to hospitals to do work. You can generally find a quiet spot with few people to get some work done. It’s always air conditioned, have bathrooms and most hospitals now have free WIFI. Some also have a small cafe. Plus, unlike schools or libraries, hospitals are open everyday. The downside is that most of the people visiting the hospital are sick. Which means you’re at risk of getting ill.

3. Hotel
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The bigger the hotel the better. Hotels in big cities usually have conference rooms, small dining rooms, or lounges you can sneak into and work. Most hotel staff won’t bother you either unless you look oddly out of place or are somewhere you’re not allowed. It’s always air conditioned, have free WIFI, and bathrooms. Hotels can be crowded and noisy but it depends on the location and time of day. In smaller hotels, it’s harder to sneak into a conference or breakfast room and set up shop. But I find that if you just tell the front desk that you aren’t a guest but would like to use their wifi, they will generally be happy to accommodate you.

4. The library
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It might surprise you to find this as the last item on my list. I don’t tend to write or work on projects in public libraries. They’re always filled with noisy people and are limited in comfortable places to work.

Behind Every Genius is a Cup of…

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My day started with my alarm going off at 6 in the morning and it taking me five minutes to actually realize something was making noise. I didn’t scramble from bed but rather sluggishly crawled. It was a coffee sort of day. I could have quickly turned into Daffy Duck and taken a sludge hammer to the alarm clock or pushed a button that’d send it hurtling through a trapdoor into a black hole. But regretfully, I made myself get up.

I stumbled blindly through the rest of the morning. Stopping at the coffee shop, grabbing a cup of the darkest espresso, buying a muffin, getting on the highway, beeping at the idiot who swerved in front of me this morning and almost killed me. I did make it to work safely – if you could call it ‘safely’. But it’s definitely a coffee day.

Genius isn’t Instant

Genius isn’t instant. It’s not inherited either. Vivaldi didn’t dream up his operas all in one moment. He wrote them over the course of a year. Like all great artists, he probably suffered from writers block at times. Albert Einstein didn’t discover the theory of relatively in one day. He struggled for years with his calculations as the theory took shape over years. I don’t believe these men were the only ones with genius born inside of them..

Genius is gained through time and effort. You have to work for genius. Geniuses aren’t people who suddenly get an ‘aha’ moment. It can happen but not often. They’re workaholics. They don’t quit until they achieve their dream. They fight. They never say ‘never’.
Take Walt Disney for example, when Bambi was in the works, he was millions of dollars in debt. But he had a dream. He dreamed of the future. He had a vision and he achieved that vision. The future probably didn’t turn out to be exactly how he imagined it but I have a feeling it turned out better. Jon Bon Jovi had a dream to play music and rock crowds. He had a vision of where he wanted to take his music and he succeeded his goals. When things got hard, he didn’t give up. He struggled until he won.
I don’t claim to be a genius. I’m not overly smart. Heck, I never graduated from college. I don’t have a degree. But I’m willing to work. I’m willing to do the time and effort. The late nights filled with coffee runs. The early mornings with even more coffee runs. I’ve always heard from successful geniuses that in the beginning when you’re building your dream, it’s the most exciting. It’s the most fulfilling time of your life. And I believe them.
It’s thrilling to pull a late night and work your ass off. It’s thrilling to feel on the edge of getting somewhere. I love the crazy days filled with challenge. It’s what shapes you. It’s what changes you. It’s what pushes you forward. To be successful you must have motivation. You must visualize your dream and make it happen.
Everyone defines success differently. Some see it as a CEO running their own business. Others view it as helping those in need. And, some see it as finding inner peace. Some of you might know who Christopher Robin. He is the son of the author A.A. Milne and also one of the main characters of the very much loved children stories Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin was the hero of those stories. He was the one who helped the animals in their time of need. In reality, he wasn’t so happy. He struggled through his teen and adult years as people gave him endless criticism. Once he tried to join the army and other men there teased him about his childhood fame. They viewed him as a wuss.
Christopher Robin didn’t have an easy growing up. But he overcame it. He struggled to find himself and be something other than the Christopher Robin in the childhood books. In the end, he found himself and peace. This was his success. He never claimed the same fame or fortune as his father but I believe he found greater success than his father. He discovered himself. He knew his place in the world and accepted it. So many of us can’t claim to have achieved as much. Not even I. I’m still figuring life out.
Whatever you claim success to be, go find it. Have the courage to achieve whatever road blocks life puts in your life. Be who you want. And as Pumbaa from the Lion King would say, “Hakuna Matata”. Have no worries. Things will be fine.