“I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.” ~Douglas Adams, 03/11/1952 – 05/11/2001 – English humorist & science fiction novelist

I found out today that one of my favorite authors was dead – not just dead, but dead for more than 7 years already. Wow. The quote above is from Douglas Adams – dead at 49 from a heart attack while working out at a private gym in Santa Barbara. I think he would have appreciated the irony in that statement. If you aren’t familiar with his work and you like British humor, go buy some of his stuff. You will be in for a treat – I still smile when I think of the dolphins from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe series – “So long, and thanks for all the fish!”

I’m not sure why his death affected me so deeply tonight. I was thinking of the upcoming deadline for my first book, September 17th, 2008 to remind myself again, and I went searching for nice quotes about deadlines. I found this one from DNA, as he was known to many of his friends and attached to it was a date of death. Wowsers!

My entire idea for this blog entry changed and I started to think about deadlines in a different way. None of us knows the date of our personal life “deadline” but as my mother is known to say: “No one gets out alive, make the most of today.” I think that is good advice and maybe I’ll take it to heart.

Till next time…Jack

“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.” ~Rita Mae Brown