When my youngest child was an infant, I got hooked on watching late-night poker. During his middle-of-the-night feedings, I would turn on ESPN, settle back, and watch.
Now, I have read beautiful stories and poems about moms who would use that time to enjoy the silence and ponder the beauty of motherhood. They would graciously treasure every moment, thankful for the sleepless nights because they knew that all too soon those precious experiences would vanish.
Nope. I used that time to see who would get one step closer to winning a gaudy gold bracelet and bragging rights. Oh, and I guess they won money, too, but I know that for them it was all about that bracelet.
My favorite moment of every match (game? contest?) was when a player would go “All In”. This meant that they took all of their chips, pushed them into the center, and risked everything on one hand.
They held nothing back.
After the cards were revealed, that player would either joyfully gather up a grip of chips, or they would walk away from the table.
All or nothing. I loved that.
I loved that to the point where I would wake David up to watch.
“Dude! Dude! He’s going all in. All In. ALL. IN!”
For some reason David was never as enthusiastic about it as I was.
But the best part? Almost every day, between 2:00 and 3:00 AM, someone went all in.
And so now, my friends, I am going to do the same.
For the past several years I have worked as a freelance writer. I have done a few things in my own name, trying to get Jane Rodda Books going, but for the most part I have been a ghostwriter.
It has been interesting. Very interesting.
And I have learned about a lot of stuff, from Energy Conservation, to Veganism, to Tax Schedules. I even wrote a book about Minecraft, which I have never played, and no one in my family has ever played. Fortunately several people on the interwebs have played it and like to write about it – a lot – so I was able to put something together.
As fun as that has been, and as much as I have learned, it is now time for me to devote my time to Jane Rodda Books.
I’m going all in.
This will mean more blog posts, and this will mean more books.
I’m excited about the blog posts. I’m nervous about the books.
But it is time.
David supports it. The kidlets support it.
So here I go.
I hope you will join me for the ride.
See you soon!