Running out of time

It must have been a couple of years ago when I decided that I wanted to write a novel by the time I turn 35. I’ve flirted with the idea more seriously since I wrote the reminder on the whiteboard that hangs above my desk. With only 11 months to go, I’m not sure that I’m going to make it.

Before I left Calgary for Toronto, some five years ago, my buddy told me that I need to write a novel. I took him seriously. Every psychologist that I’ve seen has told me that I need to write a book, usually in the first session. Them, I took less seriously. When I bought myself a typewriter in December, I thought I was making real headway.

Now, tomorrow is June, which means that I’ll be 35 in less than a year and I really can’t picture myself getting enough writing done in the 365 minus one-month days that are left.

I’ve got two months in the summer to write. I’ve got most evenings and weekends free, as well. If I could get my ass out of bed in the mornings, I could probably spend half an hour pounding out something while having my coffee before work. There are even a few minutes throughout the day when I could pull out my iPad and write a sentence or two.

I’m not even bothered with the idea of writing a novel, per se. I’d be happy if I were to finish a writing project that I’ve started.

Right now, my Collection of Recollections is at the top of the list. The compendium of short stories that I was working on when I first moved to Toronto is clipped together and stored haphazardly on my bookshelf. I haven’t touched my journal in a couple of months.

I’m not writing and that’s bugging me. I haven’t got that much more time to waste.


  1. You’ll get there Bernard. It has taken me a very long time but guess what? I’m taking an early retirement (beginning at the end of this month) and I’m going to write the book I’ve been imagining for the past 30 years!!!! Sit down and write. As in chair. And find yourself some cheerleaders! 😉

    1. That’s phenomenal, Kathryn! I’m so happy to hear this. I’ll certainly be there to cheer you on. Thank you for all of your support.

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