To view last year’s third Quest and Flashback, click here.  My Quest from this day last year was to maintain my weight during 2011, and I’m proud to say that I’ve stayed around 152/153.  I’m very, very happy with that.  My body is healthy, strong and beautiful.  I appreciate that everyday.

2012 Quest #3:  To get a book contract.

I’m closer than I’ve ever been to having a concrete launching pad to a pretty kick-ass book.  I think it’s fair to say that this has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever tried to do… even more so than training and completing my Half Ironmans.  Writing takes so much discipline, especially in long form.  Since I have zero experience in the book world (like that’s ever stopped me before…) I’ve had to learn a lot of things along the way.  Just this past weekend I finished what I consider to be a pretty great outline with each chapter fleshed out.  I’ve also made a pretty good dent in the first chapter.  Once I have that completed, my next goal is to try to get a book contract.  Hopefully I can start doing that by the end of January, as I see no reason why I wouldn’t be able to.  I don’t know how long that search will take, but I am hoping by summertime I will have everything locked down.  I’ve said this before, but I would like to eventually turn this book into my first feature film… but one thing at a time.  This is strange to say, but I have a definite genre that I tend to lean toward – romantic comedies.   Which is a very interesting situation because romantic comedies don’t do well in the independent film world… but they would do very well as books and bigger budget movies.  I always wanted to be the dark tormented artist with deep thoughts to share (ha!), I really did, but turns out that I’m more inclined to write feel-good love stories.  I’ve learned to own that, and there is certainly nothing wrong with being a little more marketable.

2011 Flashback #3:  Co Directing and Producing CRUSH

This year I co directed and produced a little short film called CRUSH with my friend Rebecca Pugh.  It is about the relationship between a woman and her favorite chair.  It’s colorful, emotional, fun and experimental.  This is my second short film to make, the first being Piece of Cake in 2006.  Making CRUSH really reminded me of my love for filmmaking, as it had obviously been a few years since I took the reins on a project.  We have high hopes for this film, and I think it has a pretty good shot at getting into some fun film festivals in 2012.  We should start hearing back in late January/early February on some of our first submissions.  Fingers crossed…

Behind the Scenes of CRUSH