If you've read this far into the blog, I want to thank you for sticking with it. I'm going to assume that I've been able to establish two things. Number one, I failed and writing a book. Number two, I managed to complete a first draft of a book and am currently in the process of the second draft.
So what happened? A hundred thousand people sat down somewhere today in earnest to effort write a book. Most of them won't go back and do anything on it tomorrow. How was I suddenly able to put together a secret formula to get something done? Stay with me. I plan on telling you. A lot of it is going to be spelled out in this blog over the next few weeks. If something has given me the edge, trust me, I'll let you know.
So a quick word about the sign up top. I took a picture of this marvel of outsider art in January of 2015. I knew a couple things around the time that someone posted near a fence at my workplace. First, I wasn't going to work on Full Autonomy for the time being. It was a heart breaking revelation, but one I needed to accept if I was going to move on.
One of the things that I realized was that through all of my missteps in the writing process, I had let the story spiral out of control. It was way too complicated to complete. There may be a point in time when I look back and laugh at that sentence I just wrote. Let me put it this way; Full Autonomy was the advanced level and I was only a novice.
After I decided to set Full Autonomy aside, I spent a lot of time thinking. Just to quantify that, I found that sign posted in January. I received my senior discount at the end of February. In that two month period, I didn't write a word. I strategized. I needed to come up with an idea that I could actually see through. In the world of engineering, there's a popular saying, "Keep it simple, stupid."
And simple was what I gave myself permission to be.