What February 29th Can Teach You About Fiction, Writing, and Life

How was your weekend? Mine was normal–no truck problems, out to get the Sunday comics and crosswords (oh, and the paper that wraps around those…right).

I wanted to talk about today. Usually I do that, but today is different, and still the same.

It’s February 29th–Leap Day. Every four years we add a day to February to make it longer, to make up for our planet’s rotation around the sun (as explained by this Sunday’s Brewster Rockit: Space Guy comic strip).

So it’s really March 1st today–that’s what it would be any other year that isn’t evenly divisible by 4. (And if you were born on Leap Day, that makes it weird–but I don’t have that problem).

What’s my point?

Well, sometimes I get mired in routine–if I’ve got an edit going, or this blog, or a new story on the back or front burner. Today is a new day. And we won’t have a February 29th again until 2020.

Anyway, we won’t have yesterday again, either. Or tomorrow. Each day is like a February 29th, in that way. We only get one.

We have today, today. Coming up for air after an edit from last week helped me realize that (and I’ve been faltering a little bit on using the first half hour or hour of each workday for me and my own projects). There are times I realize that I can’t do it all, and there are others that I realize I can do something. And then I realize that I need to get a better plan together and think beyond today…Yes, I make those plans, a lot, but trouble is, I don’t consult them very often after they’re made, and evaluate my progress on ’em.

Which makes the plan worthless. Plans are like maps–if they’re stuck in the glove compartment they can’t tell you anything.

So as you’re creating worlds for your fiction, writing an email for a client’s list, or your own, or what-have-ya, think about today, not as February 29th, or Leap Day, but as something to be lived out to the fullest (and I’ll put my name at the top of the list of people who need to understand what that really means).

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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