Archive for January 3rd, 2011


It’s official: the first year of my Layla Plan is OVER!

And the second stage of my Layla Plan begins…NOW!

(Pause here for excited cheers from the masses.)

But seriously folks…

As you know, in the past year plus a few extra months I beat myself up in body and brain to become more like Layla Daltry, the action scholar/hero of my novel The Compass Master). I spent money I really didn’t have learning how to skydive, paraglide, play pool, do parkour, navigate with a compass and map, you name it.  Later this week I’ll review my efforts – where I succeeded, where I failed, what I’ve still got to do.

For the second stage, I’m going to WAY UP my game.  As I wrote here a couple weeks ago, 2011 will be the YEAR OF ACTING OUT.  This means not so much learning how to do things as to just plain DOING them.   Sure, I plan to take a few classes once I can afford them (the holidays and everyday life are financially tough to get through, aren’t they?).  But what’s on my new agenda now includes:

1) Treasure hunting here in Colorado and maybe New Mexico.

2) Hunt for lost and ancient artifacts through the same areas.

3) Get into and out of places I don’t belong without getting caught.

4) Do urban climbing and rappel off lots of buildings and structures.

And more.

Realistically (damn, reality can hurt!), for the next couple months some of my most physical plans will be on hold because the weather is cold and sucky, and because I’m working on the final edits of The Compass Master.  I’ve GOT to finish it NOW or I’ll go crazy (crazier than I am) and send it off to be published.

I hope you all had a splendid time over the holidays and that this new year is spectacular for you.

P.S.:  One of my New Year resolutions is to FINALLY write shorter blog entries and make at least three to four a week instead of my slothful one to two.  At least this is my intention.