September 7, 2003

By Michael Strickland

116 More Days

Today I am another year older. And with that milestone comes the realization that another year closer to death means one less year left in which to achieve some measure of success with my writing. The scribblings I've posted here in this daily column will not earn me millions, nor thousands, nor even spare change. But whether this column serves as a springboard to paid assignments or just a daily workout to keep my creativity toned, its usefulness has remained apparent during the hiatus of the past month and a half.

During my time off from this column, I've continued diving at Sea World, selling flowers at and writing trivia for NTN. I've also kept my finger on the slightly quickening pulse of the job market. In short, not much has changed. But I have been preoccupied by a move to San Diego's East County, and have only just got my home office back up and running.

Throughout this time "off," as it were, I've felt an increasing urge to get my fingers back on the keyboard. Whether it was just missing the daily exercise of writing after composing a column for the first seven months of this year, or a deeper drive to start writing every day again, it quickly became clear that my abandonment of this daily column had to be temporary. The urge to write is too strong. Too many current issues demand an opinion. Life is too short to waste any more time.

So, to put it in two words, "I'm back." I've got 116 more days till 2004, so if you'll stick with me this time, I'll take you on through to the end of the year with 116 more opinionated commentaries, insightful observations, philosophical musings and anything else that inspires me in the weeks and months to come.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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September Columns:

9/29: Open Season
9/28: Runaway Train
9/27: The Seven
9/25: Dreamscape
9/24: Survivor: Sacramento
9/23: What Am I Doing at Work?
9/21: San Diego Chokers
9/20: Farewell, Galileo
9/17: Anything Can Happen
9/16: Midnight Writing
9/15: Decline and Fall
9/14: Loyalty By Default
9/13: Debt Snowball
9/12: My Cup Runneth Over
9/11: Unforgettable Day
9/10: Fall Approaches
9/9: Total Recall
9/8: Legal Illegals
9/7: 116 More Days
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