Try Something Ambitious

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by Andy Scheer

This past weekend, I tried something new.

I felt uncertain. While I knew the theory, I had to put those skills into practice. At first, things didn’t flow smoothly. I had to think about every move. But with time, I grew more confident. I began to enjoy the ride.

And what I ride it was! My father-in-law had invited me to drive his 1930 Ford Model A on his club’s fall color tour … up twisting mountain roads—some unpaved. Not quite in my comfort zone.

IMG_0269The past few years I’ve driven the car extensively … including co-driving a cross-country trip from Colorado to Michigan. But driving across Kansas doesn’t call for continual double-clutching and downshifting to negotiate steep hairpin turns. My knuckles were white.

By the end of the 60-mile trip, my uphill downshifting still wasn’t perfect, but I was doing better. Given another opportunity, I’ll gladly say yes.

I’ll think about my Model A mountain adventure this week as I begin a 14-hour solo drive to a conference. My goal of speaking to the group about fiction editing means another journey across the fringe of my comfort zone.

But I’ll be building on what I’ve done before. Like when I launched my website. I’d never been my own webmaster. But I combined what I already knew with some easily available instruction and gave it a shot. My site’s still not perfect, but it’s way better than nothing. And there’s a satisfaction in looking back and saying yes, I can do that.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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