Books Written by Ron Vitale
What's it like to write a novel? Some days it sucks. Just like work. You get up, try really hard, but the neurons aren't firing right, but you keep on going anyway. Other days are a pure joy. I was in a blue writing funk last month but made a public commitment to redouble my efforts and push on to finish the first draft of my latest novel. I share this with you so that you can see that it's not all skipping through the daisies. Writing is work and it's hard. But it's also not impossible, just takes discipline and perseverance.
Last night I took my family to see the Temple University family holiday concert and we had a blast. We were listening to the songs being played and there was this tender and most intimate of moments. A pregnant black woman sat next to me and her husband next to her with his hand on her belly. While the drums were playing and the jazz band was just knocking it out of the park, the woman was taking her husband's hand so that she could have him feel their baby kicking.
Writing is hard. It sometimes sucks and doesn't often pay well. Still, I wanted to share with you a quick follow up. Last week I had really beat myself up on being frustrated and not doing well in making my writing goals. Working on my next novel was like having teeth pulled at the dentist's. Well, it's a week later and I wanted to come clean on my progress or lack of it.
I feel like I'm failing in many areas of my life and I've struggled with whether I want to write about it or not. There are many emotions swirling around inside and I just want to express that I'm frustrated, tried and angry. I'm angry because I'm working so hard but feel like I'm failing miserably as a writer, a parent and just as a person. I put a lot of effort and energy into all that I do, but my goals aren't any closer.
Amanda Palmer stood on stage talking with her friend Kyle Cassidy and they were talking about fame, being a celebrity and social media. Amanda thought a moment and said that she remembered a time in which the random thought in your head could not be shared instantly to the world via Twitter, Facebook, or the social media platform du jour.
When I came out from seeing Interstellar in IMAX, I just wanted to be alone. I felt adrift, having returned from a journey that was intimate and the stake were high and had this overwhelming emotion wash over me. I'm a parent and there were several scenes in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar that just grabbed my heart and did not let go. I only wanted to rush home, hold my kids and hug them.
I'm 18 weeks out from my Achilles injury and I wanted to share with you some good news. I went to my doctor and he cleared me for dancing, running, whatever I'd like to do. He did say this to me though: "You're about 6-8 weeks out from being back to your normal self. The good news is that with this type of major injury you won't have any degeneration over time, arthritis, but it will take you more time to build your strength up. Do you exercises and be patient."
When I was younger, I thought that I'd grow up in a world that was better, kinder and more advanced. That people would help each other, we'd be to Mars by now and we'd find a way to make peace with each other. How dumb I was. I've been hearing a lot about GamerGate in the last month and it shocks me that in 2014 women are being threatened online.
About a week ago I saw that Ksenia Anske, a fellow indie writer, landed a special guest spot on one of Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking" tour gigs and would be on stage with Amanda in Seattle. I read the news from Ksenia on Facebook and was over the moon for her. What a fantastic opportunity!
I promised that I would keep updating people on my torn Achilles injury because my hope is to help others who have gone through the same thing to share with them the truth of how long recovery truly takes.