Keeping my priorities straight

Last year around this time, I was getting ready to go to Vegas to shoot in a national competition. I was practicing all I could and getting brand new arrows. When I got to the competition, I won 2nd place. It was a ton of fun.

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This year… I’m not going to Vegas. I found out a few days ago that I didn’t make the cut, but you know what, I really don’t care.

I’m not just saying that, by the way. Archery is a lot of fun and a great stress reliever at the end of the day. But it’s not what I want to do with my life.

I could have spent my winter break shooting 300 arrows everyday. I could have done 30 pushups and worked with a resistance band daily. But I didn’t.

Instead, I played video games and board games with The Boyfriend’s brothers and parents as I got to know them all. I started a new podcast series (listed below) and edited ones from the other series. I wrote a lot and worked on the first chapter of a novelization of a show pilot I wrote last year (also listed below).

So I didn’t win in the preliminary tournament. I went into it knowing I wouldn’t win. I didn’t get to practice a lot last semester, and quite honestly, I couldn’t justify the extra expense of bringing a bow as an extra check baggage just so I could try to practice in Michigan.

Don’t get me wrong, I would have enjoyed going back to Vegas again, but it’s not truly important to me. I would rather build my portfolio by creating podcasts and writing my fingers off.

The truth is that archery is a hobby. Writing, podcasting, and editing are not. Those are things that I can use to show future employers that I am worthwhile to hire.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep my priorities straight when there are so many things that I want to work on. But in this case, choosing to focus on my podcasts, writing, and relationships was an easy choice.

Things that I worked on instead of practicing archery:

 

Deep Hollow CoverAfter moving to a small town in Vermont, a teenage boy uses his special dragon abilities to fight supernatural evils along with a feisty Irish-American boy with similar powers and a genius girl with an eidetic memory.

Deep Hollow is a collection of short stories set in the universe of the Dragon Knights.

Prologue

Chapter 1 – Welcome to Ridgeway

Chapter 2 – Introductions

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Contra Mundum: Episode 12 – The Super Geeks Review the 2017 Super Hero Movies (Part 1)

Hello all. I had planned to get this out before the end of the year, but I overestimated the amount of time I would have to myself while hanging out with The Boyfriend and his five brothers over the Christmas season.

But it’s still January, and it’s close enough to 2017 that this podcast still makes sense.

In this one, I unite with my Super Geek friend Kevin McHugh to review the 2017 super hero movies. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and the next one. The next episode will be far more full of disagreement than this one, but this one is still good.

I hope you all enjoyed this episode. Next week, we return to talk about the last few super hero movies from 2017.

On a related note, I don’t know about you, but I know I’m really looking forward to 2018’s super hero movies, Especially Black Panther and Infinity War. I’m sure I’ll be doing a review of my own for both of them either here or on Letterboxd (which, if you want to follow me there, click here).

Contra Mundum – Episode 11: Traveling the World and Doing Good

Hey guys, it’s been a hectic couple of weeks between the end of classes and flying to Michigan to visit The Boyfriend’s family. But I got this episode done before hand, so now you get to watch it.

Consider it a Christmas Eve present.

In this episode, I sat down with my friend Abby Chennells to talk about traveling the world and missions work. We specifically talked a lot about her recent trip to Mexico and the people she met there.

I think you guys will really enjoy this episode.

 

I hope you all liked this episode and maybe learned something new. I know I did.

On a more serious note, I hope that all of this talk about missions and helping people will inspire you to go out and do some good this holiday season.

Our next two episodes (which will get done as soon as I have time to do some editing in The Boyfriend’s house) will feature the return of the Super Geeks. We’ll be wrapping up the year with reviews for every single super hero movie that came out in 2017!

Until then, Merry Christmas!

Contra Mundum: Episode 9 – The Super Geeks Unite! (Part 2)

Soooo, I finally took the time to edit that second episode of the Super Geeks podcast.

I’ll wait for your applause.

*dodges tomatoes*

I know it’s been a while. Fair warning, you should think about this episode as something of a time capsule. We recorded this originally in late May, and then the first episode came out in June. And now it’s November, so most of the movies for the trailers we talked about in this episode are out already.

So you’ll get to see if we were right in our assumptions about them. Enjoy!

So, this was a lot of fun to record. I hope you guys liked it as much as I did.

And for those of you who can’t get enough of the Super Geeks, Kevin will be back again in early December after Justice League comes out to talk about the 2017 super hero movies.

Assuming nothing crazy happens school-wise, I’ll be seeing you all next week with a new episode. This time about history!

Contra Mundum – Episode 7: Firefighting, EMS, and More!

Hey guys. It’s late, but it’s here.

In episode 7, I interviewed my friend Mica Kluge. I met her last year when she came to my writing club. We’ve always had really good conversations, so I invited her onto the show.

As it turns out, she has had some really interesting experiences as a volunteer firefighter. We talked about how it feels to fight a fire, what it was like to be a 13 year-old firefighting cadet, and her scariest firefighting experience.

Enjoy!

This was a really fun interview to do, and I learned a lot during it. I hope you all enjoyed it just as much.

This is probably the last of these episodes that you’ll see in video format. I’m not a huge fan of the time it takes to edit the videos, and I have a lot more freedom to make it sound really good when I just do the audio side.

Also, WOW, my hair was fluffy in this video. Must have been humid or something that day, sheesh.

Any thoughts on this video? Did you learn something about firefighting? Let me know in the comments below.

Contra Mundum – Episode 6: Why Would an Author Quit Publishing?

Hey guys! Again, I’m sorry I’m a day late. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend in Georgia, and I forgot to actually post my podcast on here.

On the other hand, I did post the video on YouTube on Saturday. I actually usually post the video to YouTube earlier than it goes up here. So, go ahead and subscribe for early viewing.

This episode was fun. I sat down with my friend and fellow writer, Elizabeth McKinney. We talked about writing, publishing, and the reason that she decided to stop publishing. She also has some good advice for writers who want to go into publishing.

I hope you enjoyed this episode. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube if you want the episode a little earlier. I’m trying to get them done a little earlier than the day they’re supposed to go up here.

Next week’s episode will feature my friend Mica, who will be talking about her time as a firefighter.

See you next week!

Contra Mundum – Episode 5: Why Textbook are SO Expensive

In this week’s podcast, I sit down with Dr. Brenda Ayres, a professor at Liberty University. She has published multiple academic books in her long career. We talked about writing, publishing, and the enormously high cost of academic books.

On a personal note, I have to tell you that Dr. Ayres is the sweetest lady. I originally interviewed her for a school project. A few days later, I realized that I needed a photo that I didn’t have. So I had to inconvenience her twice in row. In return, she bought me lunch. Twice!

“I don’t like for students to buy their own food,” she said.

She’s the best.

If you’re curious about all of the background noise, it’s because we had to record in a busy restaurant at lunch time. I didn’t think it was too bad, so I didn’t bother trying to remove it.

I hope you guys enjoyed the episode. In next week’s episode, I interviewed a friend of mine on the creative side of publishing.

See you next week!