Sketchbook #54

For the first time since March, I was able to start thinking about fiction again, and start taking photos again, and in the last two weeks or so I’ve even been able to concentrate for more than ten minutes at a time. This was the month that I started to feel like an actual, functional, creative, human being again.

That doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

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?

Snapshot #150 | 10 Things for 5 April 2020

I’ve only left the apartment once in the past two weeks. I’ve been: daydreaming | brainstorming | finding | getting | wishing | reading | tackling | trying | loving | starting

Sketchbook #52

“I’m looking forward to March,” I said. “It’s going to be a good month,” I said.

Wow. So… I should know better than to tempt fate like that, I guess?

Looking back at 2019.

2019 was… well, it was exhausting and awful and the world is on fire—literally and metaphorically—and I’m glad it’s over, even though I’m not wildly optimistic that things are going to get better any time soon. (American voters: prove me wrong! Also, register to vote, and make sure you’re still registered every month or so between now and November. Please.)

But personally… it was the best year I’ve had since… I can’t remember when.

Sketchbook #49

I kind of feel like I should start this with some kind of ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ riff.

Snapshot #141 | 10 Things for 1 December 2019

The last two weeks have been super busy. The whole month of November was super busy. I’ve been: falling | assembling | dying | breaking | running | trying | hoping | thinking | wondering | taking

Snapshot #139 | 10 Things for 3 November 2019

The last two weeks weren’t quite as busy as the beginning of October, but they were still busy. I’ve been: wishing | getting | accepting | trying | daydreaming | waking | watching | shifting | recycling | feeling

Sketchbook #48

I thought that October was going to be busy, that there were a lot of things that would get in the way of my creative goals.

It turned out to be even busier than I expected: I’ve only had one full week without interruptions (even today they’re testing the fire alarms in my building, which is always a joy—that’s why I’m working on this blog post instead of fiction), I’ve had inconvenient (but not serious) health issues crop up, and it’s just been generally difficult to stay motivated.

But I did it.