Happy New Year…
Welcome to the final post of 2013. It has been a wonderful year for me and my family. I hope you all have enjoyed similar blessings. On a personal note, I am finishing the final phases of training and hopefully by the end of the week everything will be complete and I can fully devote myself to writing again.
I am finding it is taking some work to force my mind to transfer from the technical, knowledge based side of the brain to the creative, innovative side. Surprisingly, it feels almost unnatural. But the good news is that I have taken the time to re-read the final 45,000 words leading up to the ending that still needs to cleaned up. The final verdict is that I still love the story. Of course, I saw a lot that needs to be edited, but the story line is strong, vibrant and exciting. The bad news is that I can’t force myself to shake off the rust and finish the final 15,000 words. But, I am not concerned. The rust will shake off and if I have any goals for 2014, it would be this. The book will be complete this year. Unless of course, it isn’t.
A couple of housekeeping items and a quick story. I know several of you have been worried to death about the departure of Brian Harsin as the Head Coach from the Arkansas State Red Wolves. All is well in the house of the Red Wolf. On December 19th, Blake Anderson became the 30th Head Coach in history. Coach Anderson runs a high tempo, fast pace type of offense. The best part is that Coach Anderson has a three million dollar buyout on his contract. That means that if he leaves after one year the way that Coaches Freeze (Old Miss), Malzhan (Auburn) and Harsin (Boise State) the Red Wolves will get three million dollars.
Mark your calendar for this Sunday evening at 9PM EST. Your favorite football team will hold down the premiere television spot of the weekend. I looked at the TV schedule and unless you like the Best of Jimmy Fallon TV show (NBC) Revenge (ABC) or The Good Wife (CBS), there is nothing better to watch. Of course there is the constant repeat of Reality TV, Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, or American Picker reruns. So toss the kids in bed early, put on some hot chocolate (or your favorite beverage), grab a seat on the couch with your favorite significant other and enjoy the Go Daddy Bowl verses Ball State. It should be a great game to watch between two high tempo offensive teams.
Quick story, reminded of it this morning as I was on the phone with my wife. In 2000 I woke up in Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Island chain. Kwaj is a wonderful place, about 2 miles at its longest place and a 800 years at its narrowest point. There are a few hundred people who live there, mostly rocket scientists, radar technicians, and a handful of military folks. Kwaj is the location that launches missiles to test the missile defense shield of the United States. It also serves as a re-fueling stop for military aircraft transiting the Pacific Ocean.
The scuba diving is ranked among the world’s bests with several hundred wrecks to explore in the lagoon. My personal tradition was to sit on the rocks at the Southern end of the runway. I always imagined that if I jumped into the water, my next stop would be Australia. It was an amazing point because you could literally see the current flow between the waves.
We woke up on the morning of May 5th. The date may be better known to you as Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican day of Independence. We launched out on a twelve hour flight to Hawaii with a fueling stop at Wake Island. During the flight, not only were we going forward in time by passing multiple time zones, but we also crossed the International Date Line. By the time we landed in Hawaii, it was early morning. We had flown so far that we actually got another Cinco de Mayo. I always think of that story on New Year’s Eve as I watch the celebration of the arrival of the New Year roll around the world.
Until next time, keep on rockin.