Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Direction

Once again, it has been a while. Since this is actually my first post of 2013 (wow, sorry!) I figured I'd get caught up on what's been going on. The day job has been crazy busy as always.  I've given up thinking that there will ever be any down time, and finally stop torturing myself with thoughts of, "Oh, in just 6 more weeks things will slow down and I'll be able to write/paint/sculpt/do-any-fun-thing-I'd-rather-be doing." 

Because frankly, ain't gonna happen. I've been consistently working anywhere from 50 up to 110 hours a week for the past several years, and I don't think that's going to change until my kid graduates college and can afford to be on her own (at least another 4 years).  At that point (if I'm still alive), I hope to be able to become the starving artist I always wanted to be. :)

Meanwhile, I'll just add in the writing/painting/sculpting/cover art/etc. as I can, try to enjoy it as a hobby for now, and not torture myself thinking that I should be doing more to make a business of it.  The hope is that during the next however-long-it-will-take, I would have at least accomplished a few things that I'll have as a starting point if/when I do have time again.

And believe it or not, 4 - 5 years goes by really quickly.  Heck, I've been doing this blog for 7 years now!  It seems like yesterday...

And I don't regret a minute of it. :) 

And even though I've been working like crazy, I took the time to start my "good year jar", and realized that even in the midst of the insanity and occasional disappointments, I've still been averaging 2 - 3 really good things per week.

How are things going for your 2013?


  1. Pretty good so far. I've sold a couple of stories, almost have another collection ready to go, and have been working on a novel. Unfortunately, school work hit hard the last 3 weeks and I've made very little progress.

    1. Wow, Charles - you're still making a lot of progress on your writing overall. Congratulations!

  2. I'm doing OK in 2013. Actually I'm doing better than OK in 2013.

    I have a similar attitude about creative stuff. I've let go of feeling like I'm not accomplishing anything and putting a guilt trip on myself. If I get the urge to write something, then I write something. If not, I just get on with whatever is in front of me.

    Makes for a much less stressful life away from the office. And I need that because like you, I have more than enough stress at work to be going on with.

    1. I'm glad you've been able to alleviate some stress, Travis! That's why I'm doing it this way now, too.

  3. You got that right, Sidney! It still hasn't slowed down any.


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