Things I have learned over the last month

I meant to write this section earlier but Donovan has altered my timelines.  I also meant for this to be specifically about writing, but Donovan…  Anyhow, here are things I have learned this month:

  • Some of the best things come in small packages (babies, visits, premade meals, and unexpected moments of silence)
  • A quiet place is a luxury, not a necessity (in-laws are over – huge help, very noisy – but I did get to read and am going to try writing)
  • I still need to work on “who” instead of “that” when speaking/writing of about people (man, I just keep saying, “Thanks to those that…”)
  • Jump ahead on projects because time can escape without you, especially when you get those small packages (for a year I have wanted an anthology, for six months I have been prodding people to try and make one happen, now that I have them geared up, I’m behind on the deadlines – I might miss out on an anthology project that was my idea)
  • Personal space? (babies, in-laws, close friends, and writing critiques)
  • The most active in their pursuit of a dream have the best chance at achieving it (C. Michael Fontes is making worlds of opportunity for himself – I wish the world for him)

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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5 Responses to Things I have learned over the last month

  1. Chris Fontes says:

    Thanks! I think you are doing a great job too, though. You may not be “pounding pavement” as much, but you are learning more and more about the industry and such, and that is just as important.

  2. roh says:


    Congratulations to you and your family. The changes in your life are only beginning, but trust me, they are good ones.

    Not enough can be said to describe how a child brings a richness and meaning to your life. Sacrifice becomes a whole ‘nother dimension when you bring a child into this world, and it’s worth every second.

    You are already finding out how important it is to treasure those seconds, both the ones you spend with your wife and son, and the ones you get to spend alone. Time is more precious now and you have to manage it as wisely as you can. Or just go with the flow and make the best of it!

    Anyhow, tell Lis ‘congratulations’ for me, and tell Donovan I say ‘welcome.’ I look forward to meeting both of them.


  3. roh says:

    Oh, one more thing.

    Don’t worry about the anthology being published without your work…

    That just ain’t gonna happen – we’ll wait for you.


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