What does it take to pull you into a new podcast? Or a book? Or really anything?
With so many great podcasts out there and already not enough time for them all, the bar can be pretty high for anything new. But the first few lines of the Missed Fortune podcast pulled me in right away.
Did you ever find yourself in one of those situations where if it goes well, there’s a huge reward? But if it goes bad, you look just unforgivably stupid? Like what were you possibly thinking?
I’m in a car with some guys I don’t know on the way to somewhere we’re not supposed to be. And this is one of those situations.
They go on to explain that this is the story of a real-life treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains with the only clues being a short poem.
My favorite character is the unfailingly nice Waymond, the husband of the main character. One minute he seems a bit out of touch, and the next minute he is the man with the plan.
He embodies the idea that optimism is courageous and powerful. Being cynical and guarded might seem smart, but it will never land you on the moon or win a big battle. Did you ever hear a great general say, “I’m not sure we can do this, guys.” Being optimistic is strategic and necessary.
When I choose to see the good side of things, I’m not being naive. It is strategic and necessary. It’s how I learned to survive through everything.
Right now I’m eating a few bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, and strawberries from my tiny garden. The pesky birds and squirrels have caught on and are usually getting to the good stuff before I do. 😭
Still, I don’t mind feeding the wildlife. I just like to grow stuff. 🤷🏻♂️
Writing a full-length novel turns out to be hard. 🤷🏻♂️
Even if you know the story you want to tell, there are myriad challenges such as finding your voice, getting into the creative mood, and consistently finding the time to focus.
My latest challenge is pretty basic – figuring out what level of detail to use in the story. I want to make the story is engaging and specific, rather than just sweeping over things with the wave of a hand. 👋
But too much detail quickly turns into sounding like Uncle Colm from Derry Girls.
So if I ever find myself adding unnecessary detail and de-emphasizing the main story line, then I need to watch Uncle Colm as a little kick in the butt.
Or soon enough, people will be saying, “Alright, Colm, let’s pack it up. You’re tied to the radiator…” 🤦🏻♂️