Oof. Fifteen hundred hard-fought words today. I completely rewrote the climax to Welltower Book Five. The book is only at 43,000 words; quite a ways to go yet. Pretty exciting stuff. Next week I’ll dive into the unfinished chapters, and then on to the final polish. A few days ago I let out a few pages to some supporters, to very positive reviews. I think I’ll treat myself to dinner. 🙂
In this 2008 TED presentation, Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, shares a life-changing realization that his job is to awaken the possibilities in others.
“It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming… The conductor depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful… I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people… And do you know how to find out (if you succeeded)? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it… I have a definition of success. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes are around you.”
Card for my wife on Mothers Day. May all women get the respect God intends them to have today and always.
Lately I’ve gained more available time, which I immediately filled up with painting and writing. I pulled back on my Welltower book 5 work for a plot revamp, making it even better than before. Waiting to release book 4 until the plotting for book 5 is done.
The room you fear to enter
holds the treasure you seek.