Last night, just after midnight, I noticed live coals in my backyard fireplace––a full seven hours after putting it out earlier that evening. That's some fire-building. It's really easy to nerd-out on fire: there are different assembling strategies––for example, a box structure vs. your classic (vastly inefficient) teepee method––and the ultimate goal is building a fire that is self-sustaining. I don't aim to build in the powers of Lazarus though. Spend some time outside tonight by the fire. Start by laying out a square with logs. Inside, place your kindling and a few twigs in one corner. Feed it and nurture it constantly. When it can walk by itself give it a few larger sticks. Pay close attention to it until the bed of coals beneath it glow hot. Finally: bank the fire with one thick log. That'll go on forever.
Sleeping in is a waste of daylight. Do what you love––go fishing. No excuses. This blog post was originally sent as part of my new daily newsletter series, An Excuse to Fish. If you like excuses to go fishing, a new one delivered to your inbox every morning, sign up for the daily newsletter.