I am buoyed quite often by my dreams of what lies ahead. Like many are apt to do when thinking about their future, I focus beyond the scene in front of me. For most of you, it is retirement; for me, it is my writing.
I became engrossed with this blog knowing it was read by so many around the world. (Hello Finland!) It never would have continued if it were not for one, adorable ankle-biter who has helped me mature as a writer.
The other day I was working a long FTC. (Fatal Traffic Collision.) Two young people died. The excitement of a new, powerful car took over the driver’s sensibilities; he lost control, killing himself and the passenger.
Many on the scene had become quite grouchy. It may have been the combination of the tension caused by City budget problems or the overwhelming media presence. Perhaps the scene was somehow gnawing on their insides; sometimes, the job just gets to you. In this case, it was truly an unnecessary loss of young lives. I felt blessed to have my writing to think about.
This blog has been a wonderful safety valve for me and a saving grace; I have enjoyed writing every word of it.
My future has already begun with the completion of my first novel, which is currently in the hands of beta readers. It took more than nine intense months of rewrites and revisions to complete. I am a changed man because of the experience, which has proved to be humbling, heartbreaking, and challenging to say the least. I am so grateful the ‘whirlwind of a process’ did not ruin my loving relationship.
Although my posts may not be updated as often, this blog will continue. An expanded version will be published in an E-book format very soon. Many of the questions I have been asked throughout my career will be properly answered, and I intend to announce the title here first.
Allow yourselves to dream about the future you desire. Better yet, dream with somebody else. Like me, the future you imagine today could very well become the life you live tomorrow.