Thursday, May 30, 2013

You Know Nothing

self-portrait of a writer who knows nothing
If I only knew then...
If you're not a fan of Game of Thrones, then you don't recognize the phrase "you know nothing." In the books and HBO series,  the character Ygritte tells Jon Snow frequently that he knows nothing. It's not exactly true, Jon is a smart guy. But he's on the other side of the Wall, encountering things that until recently were only legend in his world.

I'm not quite at legendary status but in the past two years I've learned a tremendous amount of new things. In one week, I celebrate my two year anniversary of claiming my dream of writing as a living and adopting a new perspective on life: try it.

Things I didn't know two years ago:

Writing
- How to sell a book on Amazon. Now I have three for sale.
- That I can write 50,000 words in a month
- What phonemes are

Parenting
- How to give a 5 year old a mohawk
- That I could coach a youth soccer team
- How to explain death to children

Hobbies
- That I like beer when it's a Russe
- That I like knitting a little
- How to make kale chips without burning them

Fitness
- That I can do push-ups
- What 'drops' are in a bike
- That swim caps don't keep your hair dry

Things I hope to learn in the next two years:

Writing
- How to write really, really great queries
- When to push past easy and write what's really hard

Parenting
- When to let my kids fail
- Better modeling of forgiveness and patience

Hobbies
- How to camp with kids & not lose my mind
- A little more about archery

Fitness
- How to train with a heart monitor
- To be really comfortable on my bike

What have you learned in the past two years? What do want to learn in the next two?