On my last backpacking trip up to Spangle Lake with Ambrose, I had some good and serious thoughts about getting back to writing. I have goals for this year, books that I want to publish before the end of the year, and for that to happen, I need to get my nose to the grindstone a bit.

I have the write up to finish on the Olympic Coast trip. And when I say finish, I almost more mean start, because I’ve hardly started that. I do have the writing part of the first solo trip down, so I need to work on pictures for that – production work. And then there’s the CrossFit book, which needs commentary and review to be completed. Plus I want to do a few workouts over again for comparison’s sake. So I need to choose those.

Now, the trip on which I had all these plans was finished over Labor Day weekend. And I’m sad to report that I did not get my nose to the grindstone in the month of September. I’ve got excuses, of course. I went to a work conference for a week. I had a mini-solo hike to take care of at the end of the month. And work was particularly busy for good reasons I won’t discuss here.

But in the last week, I’ve started to run the grind stone up. I haven’t gotten my nose to it quite, because I’m not yet committing to specific word counts, though I’m thinking about it. For now, I’m just trying to get some writing each day. And I’ll try for some production work each week, though each day would be better.

I know my process by this point. If I can get started on the pictures, I’ll have a hard time stopping. And then it’s just putting the book together and I’ll be done with one. And three more to go before the end of the year. Plus a little update to the Chamberlain guide book.

I believe I can do these things. I just need to get back into disciplined habits.

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