Out of Office – September 2020

Another year, another storm.

This year, it’s Hurricane Teddy. The wind is starting to pick up, and the rain has started, but the storm itself isn’t going to hit until later today or overnight. (It’ll probably be a post-tropical storm at that point, but still strong.) I’m ready—everything’s tied down and all batteries are charged, I’ve got snacks and books—but as usual, I expect to lose power at some point.

Sketchbook #53

Over the last few weeks, one of my writing friends and I have been talking (emailing) about trying to do creative work right now, in this world. About how difficult it is to get into the flow of it, and how deep work is almost impossible. Routines are shot to hell; writing time is being swallowed up by new chores. Money’s tight, and art feels a bit frivolous. Tempers are fraying, ennui is setting in, and it’s just really hard to think of good stories right now, ok?

Electricity.

I’m back!

I hope. The power came back on for about an hour this morning, and just as I was starting to let my guard down—putting my phone on the charger, turning on the computer to write this post—it went out again. I still don’t entirely trust that it’s really back this time.

Introducing “Postcards”

I’ve been hinting at a couple of projects I’m working on behind the scenes, and it’s finally time to announce the first one:

I’m launching a newsletter!

Happy Holidays!

Whatever you celebrate (even if that’s just a few days off), I hope it’s a good one.