Monday, April 5, 2010


Late Friday night my daughter and I went to see the new movie How to Train Your Dragon.

What a wonderful feast for the eyes! Oh my stars! Loved the dialogue, the characters had depth, and the dragons…if you’re a fan of dragons you could have you pick of many different kinds.

The plot is familiar, a son--who is different from everyone else and a disappointment to his father--finds strength in his difference. As a result he changes how everyone looks at him, but he also helps others to look past what is in front of them to what is in the heart, not only in him, but in dragons. For me the dragons were symbolic of things we struggle with and are trying to learn to tame.

So this got me to thinking. What are the dragons in my life? What holds me back from seeing what is really important? Some of my dragons are personal to me, but there are a few I can share.

Time dragon (black, hard to see, but he's there...lurking) – There’s never enough time to accomplish everything I want to do with my writing. (4 RS novels to rework, a screenplay, 2 middle-reader books, 1 YA time-travel novel, 1YA paranormal to outline)

Organizing dragons (red and mean looking) – My kitchen counter seems to always be cluttered, my desk stacks up with projects, stacks of books grow no matter how many book shelves I buy.

Weight dragon (brown with chocolate-colored eyes and always smells like freshly baked cookies) – Yeah, same old story, I need to lose 20 pounds. I’m working on it, yet this dragon seems to always be with me.

I could list more dragons, but these three I want to work on right now. So, how do I plan to look past what is obvious and train these dragons? I have a plan…

Time dragon – Everyday I’m going to work on my WIPs (work-in-progress). Time is going to be on my side. First up will be the screenplay for An Angel on Main Street. And since I’m telling you about it, I now have someone to report to. I’m going to give myself a month.

Organizing dragon – My goal is to keep the kitchen counter and my desk clutter free. Organizing as I work will tame this dragon. Everyday I’m going to clean as I go. No more procrastinating. Before I turn the lights off at night the clutter will be gone. (wish me luck)

Weight dragon – This is the one that will trip me up because I have a very bad sweet tooth. However, if I allow myself only one dessert a day and keep my calorie count low I should be able to train this dragon to obey. It's all a matter of choice.

Okay, now that I’m well on my way of training my dragons, what about you? What are the dragons in your life and what are you going to do to train them?

Enjoy this trailer I found on youtube.


  1. This looks like a fabulous movie!

    I have those very same dragons - with the Time Dragon being my biggest challenge. I'm tackling that problem by working on something writing-related each day. If my head is too full and my day too long to do actual revising, I'm working on query, pitch, synopsis, outline...

    Good analogies :)

  2. Jemi--boy do I understand. But we're going to conquer, right? We can do it!

  3. I loved that movie! It was so great. =D

    My dragon right now is a lack-of-confidence-Dragon. He's ruthless.

  4. Laura: Ohhh that's a bad dragon. You can train him though. Just keep working on your WIPS and you'll have him gentled. ;0)

  5. Those dragons live in my house, too. Especially the time dragon. He's always there. BTW, the book arrived and is on my shelf. You know that shelf :)

  6. Carol, oh yeah, I know that shelf! ;) I think I need a better sword to fight my dragons...or at least a better shield. Any suggestions?



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