Prompting Yourself To Write 40
Back in December I did a couple of exercises, in The Artist's Way Workbook, involving describing oneself, and writing to oneself.
1. Describe myself at age 80:
Bold, healthy, mentally and physically, though the ankle had a 2nd surgery, to finally remove pins and screws, when I was 65. Living in Texas, 5 years retired from my last job and living off income earned as an award-winning writer of cat themed books of fiction, poetry and short stories and an award-winning online jornalist as a blogger and its successor platform, under the personas of Nikita and Elvira and her 2 proteges.
Married to a woman 30 years my junior, the father of 2. In my early 50's I moved to Texas, and my career as a writer began to evolve and take off and i became more confident in so many ways.
2. Write a letter to my current, 51 yr old self, from my 80 yr old self:
Now hear this, Mad Macedonian!
I know times are tough as 2012 is nearing and you don't know what the future holds for you and America, not to mention the rest of the world. It's against the rules for me to be too specific, but I can at least tell you this much...
Your ankle will get better, you will trade in Ca. for Texas and get a good paying job. Just as important your creative life will will begin to take off in new, profitable, directions. You will, finally, be sent that photo of you on the Red Carpet at that charity event in LA, in 2011, your skills as a writer, storyteller, poet, humorist and online journalist, will finally be seriously noticed and you, Nikita and Elvira will gain new readers and critter blogging connections.
As you gain confidence books will be possible.
Oh, and you WILL meet the woman of your dreams...trust me. :-D
Nikita may be gone by the end of the decade, but Elvira will live just as long as he did and she will raise and nurture and mentor, her own young proteges, rest assured, even as technologies and online platforms, change and evolve.
So, stay strong and keep the faith! America will rise in glory once again and the rest of the world can and does, got to hell. :-D