In this year of ambition, I've been posting far less and working far more. I'm preparing to query a novel that I've overhauled, rewritten, and revised eleventy bajillion times. I've also been reading. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow took about six weeks of reading between tucking kids into bed and falling asleep while nursing separated … Continue reading Consuming the TBR List
Y'all. I've had some sort of respiratory ailment since late November. Complete with separated ribs before Christmas and a cough that won't quit. It's not the flu. Not pneumonia. I've been to my doctor and stayed in contact electronically with her. We adjust course and keep going. I haven't moved as far or as fast … Continue reading Ambition: Don’t Get the Flu
Depression told me nothing about forty. It presumed I didn't need to look so far ahead.
Discipline is creating space and then guarding that space. This whole thing started more than a year ago, though it took me months to find my footing. I knew I wanted to practice discipline in 2017, but I thought it meant a lot of counting all the things I would accomplish and tracking my progress. … Continue reading Discipline: Create Space
One aspect of discipline most Americans know intimately this year: continue in uncertainty with the tools at hand. November 2016 brought a crushing blow to many optimists (and also a crushing blow to everybody else, whether they knew it or not). Un/Fortunately, I'm a pessimist via depression and anxiety. The election did not surprise me. … Continue reading Discipline: Continue in Uncertainty