Vogts finds his voice again


The new year has come and gone, and I have been negligent in my posting to this blog. I am not proud of that. Sure, I have a laundry list of reasons, or excuses as some may see them. Basically, life gets in the way. With the new year was the start of the second semester of my first year at my new teaching job. For me that entailed starting over yet again because my classes all had to change directions in order to meet the predefined standards and whatnot. If you want to read about the teaching side of my life, visit http://mrvogts.blogspot.com. Also, as I mentioned in my last post, I was inspired by Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art.” I started writing my second novel. I’m halfway finished with it. My good friend Jerod Horchem is working on proofing it, as well is my mother.

Also, my father has helped me with some home improvements. More mini blinds have been hung, and a water filtration system has been installed in my kitchen so I can stop drinking the wretched liquid Sterling passes off as drinking water. He also helped me remove the ugly pampas grass and a horribly placed cedar tree from my front yard. I spent the last couple of days digging out of a snow storm, only to have another storm head my way tonight. As a teacher this has meant a five-day weekend thanks to the snow days. I get bored easily, but the time off was a welcome respite made all the better by my good friend Travis Schafer and my brother Troy coming over for the weekend. I spent a lot of the Christmas holiday with those two, as well as other family and friends. So, needless to say, it was a great holiday.

Of late, I’ve been enjoying watching all of the political happens that accompany an election year, and I’ve been cheering on my Wichita State Shockers in basketball. I’ve made it to a few games, and they were all a blast. Baseball season has begun, so the Shox and the St. Louis Cardinals will be receiving my support as well.

Another proud moment for me was purchasing my dream car. It is a 2007 Dodge Charger. I’ve always wanted a Charger, and I decided to just for it. What’s more debt, right?

I transfered my American Legion Riders membership to the Sterling Chapter, and I was named the Media Officer. I’m pretty stoked about that.

I’m sure there’s more that’s gone on in my world of late, but all the things I’ve left unmentioned, much like the items I have discussed, don’t really matter. They aren’t the point of this post. No, I’m writing today because I haven’t been. I used to post daily on here, and now it is sporadic to say the least. I want to continue to write novels, but I need to keep my tools sharp. I need to write in numerous forms and do so often. It honestly makes me happier. When I write, even when what I write sucks, I am happier. Therefore, not only will writing more help my goal of publishing more novels, but it will help me enjoy life more too.

I didn’t come up with New Years’ Resolutions this year. Too often my resolutions become a list of failures. However, I am resolving to begin posting to to this blog at least once a week. I’m going to try to harken back to my times as a weekly columnist for The McPherson Sentinel and the editor of The Ledger.

So with that, please forgive this rambling mess of a post, but I had to get it done. I had to prime the pump to rejuvenate this blog. In fact, I tweaked the design a bit. Again, that’s irrelevant. The point is, stay tuned for more posts and more often. Sometimes they’ll be short ones. Sometimes they’ll be long ones. Regardless, I am resolving to post more often here, and please forgive me for not posting as often as I should have been.

And if you are just crazy about reading my thoughts, check out a few of my other blogs:

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