Thanks to the wonders of technology I was able to pre-load a few posts last week, but I was actually busy exploring these three parks–plus visiting a rodeo, an animal sanctuary, riding horses, baking in 114 F weather in Vegas, seeing a Cirque du Soleil show (“O”) and eating waaay too much French toast via breakfast buffet. The kicker was waking at 4ish a.m. to catch a flight yesterday morning, then dealing with the trials and tribulations present at the JFK airport in NYC during a high terror alert. It doesn’t calm an already flight-wary person to witness an airplane being surrounded by police and other vehicles with flashing red lights just hours before you’re supposed to board a plane by the same line (Delta, if you’re wondering). We had delay after delay following that incident, until finally–after 9 1/2 hours of wait–we boarded our metal bird for a blissfully uneventful ride home. We walked through the door at about 2:30 a.m. and landed like felled trees in our beds. So maybe you’ll understand why I’m feeling tired and why this post is super late reaching you. I’m on west-coast time (like the west coast of Japan, maybe).
Anyhoo, thanks for bearing with…I promise to find something useful to say here.
Somewhere between Vegas and NYC I turned on my AlphaSmart and reviewed notes I took at a writing conference last year. Long-time readers might remember my post about the brilliant Michael Hauge and his talk on Identity and Essence, and how these things relate to character arcs. (If you haven’t read the post, you can read it HERE, and read my later interview with Michael HERE.) What popped out of those old notes for me was a question Michael posed to all of us at the end of his hours-long session: What won’t you do to succeed? [Read more…]