I know, I know.
Last time, I was gone for 3 months.
This time, I was gone for 5.
If that trend were to hold, I’d disappear for 7 months after this post, but I promise that will not happen now. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions—that sort of goal-setting seems fragile and easily discarded—but winter break afforded me some clarity. I’ve often been discouraged by the valley between what I want to do and what I actually do. I’m not talking about daydreams like becoming a professional pasta taster in Italy or swimming in the Pacific with Jason Momoa—but more everyday things. Writing more. Cleaning more. Creating art more. That sort of thing. Things that I do, just not enough. I get so overwhelmed by what I should be doing that I end up flailing like a wacky waving inflatable tubeman.
So what’s different now?
I’m getting organized, slowly but surely. I’ve never been much of a planner, but I’ve come to realize that I need a schedule. Not a minute-by-minute one—my life is too chaotic for that—but a loose one. Clean this on X day, reserve X amount of time each day for writing, that sort of thing. I’m still formulating said schedule, but so far, things have been going a lot more smoothly for me and my family. My mind has been calmer lately, and that’s good for my productivity.
I had an exciting bit of writing news in the interim. My piece, “The Conch Shell, was selected for Metaphorosis’s Best of 2023 issue! It’s available for purchase from all major online retailers, so I recommend ordering a copy post-haste! Order multiple copies! Buy thousands and build yourself a Metaphorosis igloo! Okay, that last bit may be too far, but you should read it. There are a lot of beautiful stories in there, just waiting for you to read them.
-Physical Book: The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
-Audio Book: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King