Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Sixteen, Dateline 11-12-2018

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
— Karen Kaiser Clark

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-sixteen of Operation Achieve Anything. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been regretting my decision to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo which might be the reason I’ve been struggling with my focus as of late. I don’t mind the work and have been having a blast writing fiction again, but it’s cutting into the time that I need to prepare for the projects that I wanted to start at the beginning of the year.

Since I lost my day job, my initial plan was to put the bare minimum amount of effort into anything outside of my daily blogging obligations to spend the rest of each day cleaning up the rest of this site to go deep into marketing mode on New Year’s day. Unfortunately, my obsessive head couldn’t stand the idea that I would be missing this annual novel writing challenge to the point where I had to give in. Thanks to this decision, I’ve been fighting with my schedule in an effort to keep up.

Yesterday, I missed getting to my NaNoWriMo pages because of my trip to go visit my older sister and her family at her house. Now, I’m going to fall even further behind every aspect of my schedule until I get caught up. Though totally manageable, this means that there will be an even tighter time crunch as to what I need to get done by the end of next month. This kind of relates to yesterday’s assignment where I was supposed to explore some of the benefits that come from breaking the rules.

At first, when I saw this assignment, I was super excited to, once again, share more tales and findings from my rebellious days where breaking the rules was my only interest. Well, I guess it wasn’t an interest because I rarely actively sought out trouble since I’ve always hated conflict so much. I’m talking more societal rules like chasing the white picket fence American dream that was sold to me as a kid. I never had dreams of being a criminal, I just never had family or faith to fall back on, so the rules that I’ve been breaking have more to do with my outlook on existence and the world.

Being that this approach has turned me into a forty-two-year-old shut-in struggling even hard to figure out where I fit in on this planet while living in a windowless garage. This would have made it hard to spin this brand of rule-breaking as being beneficial. At the same time, if I can pull off the dream, this rebellious approach could pay out in the future which might leave me with more to say on the subject. Because of this, I’m going to attempt to change my outlook/approach to get back to focusing on my content while worrying less about what’s going on that is entirely out of my control, no matter how hard anyone tries to convince me that cheering on the right set of masters will change the world.

This is why I’m shifting my attention to something lighter since I’m not responsible for the wrongs going on in this world. Even though my initial goal was to start several projects on January first just to create a more memorable start date, and not because of any other time-specific needs. So I may break my own rule and start at a later date when everything is ready in order to avoid jumping the gun and starting anything prematurely just to meet an arbitrary deadline.

That said, I’m still going to push as hard as I can to meet this deadline because I’m still excited to get to work on all of my new ideas. The benefit of this rule-breaking delay would be that it would allow me to focus on getting everything up and running correctly the first go around, instead of having to go back and fix all of my first draft mistakes the way that I now have to do with the old content from this site. I’m fine with having to do all this extra work on TheWickerBreaker.com since I created this page to be my own personal blogging training ground, that was always meant to eventually be fixed having developed the overall concept as a strategy to hone my non-screenwriting skills.

These new projects would be for entirely different sites to be taken more serious, making me want to get more things right on the first go around. Making the start date less critical than the quality of the work. Plus, once I start these new projects, I’ll be working on some of them every day, adding to my already hectic, non-paying schedule, so I don’t want to be burnt out on the first day that I start. I may even put off these other tasks until I wrap up the SNL challenge to avoid slipping into another manic meltdown from trying to overwork myself in an attempt to justify my life. From here on out, I’m going to go back to working towards just living my life and sharing my finding through my content.

I’m not fully sure if this actually does fulfill the Achieve Anything… book’s interpretation of the assignment, but considering how part of breaking the rules is making rules of your own, so with that, I’m going to consider this one good, and move on to today’s assignment. As usual, the task is based on the quote of the day, where I’m not supposed to share my views on growth and change. Once again, this blog will probably be my primary example of how I’m on board with this task, but you’ll have to wait for tomorrow, to see how I handle this task in my next update. Until then, it’s now that time for me to sign off by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.