I had my first Krispy Kreme donut on June 4th, 2010.
I’m sure you might be asking how I remember that exact date? Am I a fatty savant? Perhaps I have a rare eidetic memory that allows me only to remember food related things.
The answer is rather unremarkable…
I was doing an internship outside Cleveland, Oh and one of my superiors brought me there for Free Donut Day.
Eating that hot, glazed donut for the first time, I only had one thought…which I expressed in an over exaggerated shout…
WHAT ELSE HAVE I BEEN MISSING?!
It was like salvation.
I just had to tell someone about it!
Now I’m sure you’re asking, “Who the hell cares?”
Recently, as I’ve begun to take myself more seriously as an author, I’ve been doing a lot more reading (as all 3 followers of this blog can read in my previous post from two months ago).
Yesterday, Jacob (my 3 year old son) selected for me the next book I’m going to read.
A book that has been sitting on my “to-read” list and shelf for better than three years.
I have no good excuse for not reading it sooner.
In previous instances in which I encountered a, “WHAT ELSE HAVE I BEEN MISSING?” moment, I’ve chastised myself.
“ALL THOSE WASTED YEARS!!!” I’ve thought.
When really, I was so damn focused on the years I’d been missing out I forgot to take the time to enjoy experiencing it.
Which brings me to 2 recent, “WEHIBM” moments that have served as a sort of paradigm shift for me.
The first was listening to, “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” on audible.
I was so captivated from the beginning, I didn’t think about how long the book had been out until after it was done. It was then I had my moment of realization…
I needed to start approaching every book, show, movie, etc. like it might be my new favorite.
My second moment of paradigm shifting goodness occurred when Brandy and I started to watch…
A few episodes ago, I realized I didn’t care how long I’d been missing out.
I was just happy to be experiencing it with my wife.
I didn’t feel like I’d been missing anything.
I didn’t feel like I should’ve broken down and watched it sooner.
I was just happy…enjoying it in the present.
This had made my first time viewing of another 90’s sitcom all the better…
All these new (to me) experiences aren’t being wasted in the same way my first Krispy Kreme donut was…
I’m haven’t once thought, “What else have I been missing?”
I haven’t been disappointed.
I’ve just been enjoying the experience.
I realize for other people this will read just like an appeal to, “live in the present.”
And I suppose it is…
But it was my personal revelation.
I understand finally what it means, not in a universal sense, but in a way that makes sense to me.
I’ve also finally read a book by G.K. Chesterton.
After reading two books and A SPEECH I ONCE GAVE: ON LEWIS, TOLKIEN AND CHESTERTON by Neil Gaiman, I felt I owed it to myself to read it.
It did not disappoint.
I’ve also finally engaged with an online SFF indie author’s community through…
In which, I entered my first novel, The Last Days of the Wanderer.
Available again on Amazon. Paperback coming soon.
Pornokitsch will be reading the first 20% of it and doing (at least) a micro-review.
I don’t expect more than that.
Bloodseeker (being edited by Brandy) is a much better novel.
All these new (to me) experiences, and I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing.
I’m just enjoying the ride.
Do with that what you will.
– scritch out.