I had another deep Waldo insight this week as I was researching the author and origins of the series on the internet. It really is quite fascinating but Cam says maybe I should keep my personal problems to myself which is pretty good advice. I will try to restrain myself.*
Instead, I will say that at the library we have also been checking out James Marshall’s GEORGE AND MARTHA books. Have you read them? I love them. I know some people probably hate them. I love them. They are funny and weird and each book has five stories which makes the boys feel like we’re reading a big book with chapters.
Today I am going to relate one of the stories as motivation for the upcoming writing marathon. Please, take this to heart.
George has a sweet tooth.
Martha is worried about George and tells him to please stop eating so many sweets.
George says he’ll be fine. He’s under control.
Martha decides she needs to get serious so she starts smoking. Like cigars. Big fat cigars (this is such a precious childrens picture book).
George is shocked. Why are you doing this?
She says she’s fine. She’s under control.
George says please stop.
She says she’s fine, the smoke billowing all over the illustration.
Then he says, Please, please, why are you doing this?
Then she says, will you stop eating sweets?
He said, yes. and he did.
Isn’t that inspirational? Doesn’t that tell you a thing or two about how to motivate a loved one?
Now for the marathon, how can we motivate each other? I have a problem where I make promises/goals to myself (write a page a day, write 1000 words a day, write 19 minutes a day, think about writing sometime during the day, etc.) and then I don’t do it. I need someone I love to start smoking cigars or some other destructive behavior and then threaten not to stop unless I write 500 words a day.
Who volunteers? What can we do to push ourselves? Should we post our marathon hopes and then post the results? Have a post marathon party for everyone who reaches their goal? Partner up and email each other throughout the marathon? Send each other a prize if we make it to the finish line? What do you think?
I don’t have a sitter those days so my writing will have to happen at night. I’m trying to clear my schedule so that I can actually get a good chunk of a revision done. I hope.
What are you doing to prepare?
*Or maybe not. We’ll see how I feel next week.