Sunday, April 21, 2013

A-Z Challenge: S is for Satisfaction

By JccKeith

I was going to open this post by saying, “I can’t get none.”  Fortunately, this week has been wildly successful for me so not only would saying “I can’t get none” be grammatically incorrect, it would also be untrue.  This is the first week in a very long time where I feel a sense of accomplishment and control over what is going on in my life.

I could list here the details of why I feel this week has been successful but I’m not the kind of person to brag.  I’m the kind of person who shares the wealth.  I stole that phrase from a card on either Monopoly or Go For Broke – both copyrights/trademarks of Parker Bros.  The card reads simply, “Share the Wealth.”  I guess you could say I never forgot it and have been using that phrase ever since.

Anyway, back to what I was saying.  I have been very successful this week and have accomplished much so I thought I would share some tid bits of insightful information.  Now these are just a few rules I’ve been following this week so take into account that they might not work for everybody.  Without further ado:

 Rules to Live by to be Successful:

  •  Work hard and play hard

  •  Figure out what you want.  If you don’t know what you want, you will probably be unable to get it.

  • Make a plan of how to get what you want or how to achieve your goals

  • Be realistic on what is possible to accomplish

  • Follow the plan, as best you can, but leave room for adjustments or unforeseen events like a FarScape, Stargate, Walking Dead or Dr. Who marathon on television – watching the entire marathon should easily fit right into your plan if and when the situation arises

  • Reward yourself for accomplishing small steps along the way
    Not Good at Outlines

  • Remember that the internet, while it can be your friend, is distracting and can quickly spiral out of control into an endless black hole of wasted time that refuses to release its hold upon you.

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  Denying that you will make them or beating yourself up about it won’t get you any further along on your list

  • For guaranteed reassurance – ask your dog.  Your dog will always think you’re brilliant no matter how badly you f*** up

  • Have others read your work whenever possible but remember that rats are useless for offering feedback on writing. They are much more likely to chew up your work and use it for building a nest.

  • Caffeine is your friend but be on the lookout for overdoses.  Know the signs: If your heart begins to race uncontrollably, your hands begin to shake or you have a mild heart attack or stroke – chances are good you’ve had too much.

  • Never take your cat’s advice on how to write an outline.  Do your own research and figure it out for yourself.

  • Chameleons, no matter how wise they may seem, know absolutely nothing about writing.  Don’t let
    Know Nothing about Writing
    them fool you.

  • Read other people’s blogs and make comments.  Not only might you learn something you hadn’t thought of before or had forgotten but you will make someone else happy.  Writers love comments, so go make some.  They don’t have to be the most insightful prose ever written, just a quick hello, I stopped by and read your blog post is enough if you have nothing else to contribute.  Also, taking time out to surf the blogosphere gives you a reprieve from your own writing which is a good thing every once in a while.

  • Remember that the rest of the world will do anything and everything in its power to derail your train of thought and take you away from your writing.  Have a back up plan.  Have an excuse at the ready why you can’t stop writing at the moment and they will have to fend for themselves for another hour or so.  Have a way to get back on track quickly whether that is going into a different room, meditating for a few minutes, telling your cat how you feel about the distraction, or having the ability to tune out the world around you.  If you have no way to get back on track easily, find one because you will need it.

There you have it.  My secrets to success.  Now granted, not all of you have a dog, a cat, three rats and two chameleons so you might have to disregard a few of those.  You might also have to adapt the list to suit your personal issues.  You might have to have a laugh at my list, realize I’ve had way too much sugar today and throw it out to make your own.

Whatever you choose to do, good luck to you.  My final parting advice is, and everyone should know this, if you or someone with you ever utters the phrase, “I have a bad feeling about this,” things are not going to go well.  Alter your current course of action accordingly.


  1. Excellent advice...especially the part about not being afraid to make mistakes! Life is so much less stressful that way! :)

  2. Yes, too many people are afraid to make a few mistakes. Life is much easier if you accept that we all make mistakes!

  3. Superb post, and quite true. Especially about the rats. I chortled over that one.

    Yes, one must stick to their kalashnikovs, (pens, that is!) and continue to write, distracted not by the ever present 'net nor sundry other competing aspects of daily living.

    Thank you for the perfect morning read, replete with my moderate consumption of caffeine, of course.

    Take care,