Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Fifty-Eight, Dateline 6-7-2018

Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.
— Benjamin Franklin

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-fifty-eight of Operation Achieve Anything. Right now, I’m very happy that things are finally starting to settle with my new job. Not only is their system running smoothly again, but they’ve finally sent out a clearer explanation of their quality expectations that makes it easier to defend my work when the auditors flag me for getting something wrong. Not only that, but the auditors now seem to be on the same page now that they have these instructions as well, meaning there is far less conflict in the first place.

Sorry, I keep bringing up the day job but since I’m still adjusting to the tasks at hand and the schedule so it’s often on the front of my mind. I’m hoping that someday soon I will find myself in a comfort zone where I don’t fear that my new source of income will be taken away which at this point would be a major setback. Now that this auditing issue seems to be working itself out through these new instruction provided by the company, I feel like I’m close to the point where I can drop my guard.

I can’t wait to finally fall into that comfort zone because I feel so close to being able to live a much happier life where I’m doing more than just getting by like I’ve been throughout the past couple of years. I feel that the closer and closer I get, the more enthusiastic I feel about my work in general, as I picture the near future after, I have few paychecks under my belt, when I can finally afford to pay for services and products that I’ve been needing in order to advance my efforts toward my writing career with somewhat of a safety net.

Either way, I have zero intentions of lessening my efforts toward this blog which plays into yesterday’s assignment where I was supposed to finally start something that I’ve been meaning to get to but have been putting off. Fortunately, the past couple of lessons from the Achieve Anything… book already inspired me to do so when it’s lessons on inspiration inspired me to get going and start my blog overhaul.

Currently, I am adding new header images so that each segment of the site has its own customized look. Once I get through this phase, I plan to design an official logo and redesign the navigation bare and how I lay out the link information. After that, I plan to go through the entire site one page at a time and put everything through the paid version of Grammarly which is a spellchecking/grammar tool that I love even after discovering that the free version I was using wasn’t committing the changes that I made to my work for about a year because of some bug where it doesn’t work correctly with my web building program’s text field.

Once I get everything that’s already available up to date, I then plan to move on and start adding all of my fictional writing as content in order to get all of the work that I’ve ever done in one place and available for consumption. I don’t plan for these fictional posts to be a finished product but more a bunch of beta drafts available for feedback with the hopes that I’ll someday find the right fan to help me to get to the point where I can start to self-publish physical products.

Ironically, all of these plans that I just share go against the lesson/assignment for today where I’m supposed to do less planning and do more doing. Though I get what the book is trying to say, focusing on examples like don’t put off dieting and exercise when you can start today, I don’t think you should write off planning using some sort of phase/step-by-step process. If you use the example I gave of what I plan to do “tomorrow” it would be impossible for me to do it all at once so there is a valid reason for having to wait for “A” before you can start with “B”.

Again, I know this isn’t the point of the lesson doing more and talking less about what you plan to do but considering how I read it directly after sharing my valid step-by-step plan I got a little defensive. I’ll delve more into the actual task/assignment when I check in with tomorrow’s update. With that, it’s now time 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.