Marching forward

…because it’s March.

Yep.

Here’s what’s going on for me at the midway mark of this month:

  • Finished freelance editing project that has been looming over me like a really tall guy with no sense of personal space (it wasn’t that bad, but I had crisis after crisis the moment it hit my plate—remember to communicate with your clients!)
  • Decided to shelve current novel for mental health reasons (the topic is way too close to world events right now, and I’m trying not to be overwhelmed by dread as it is)
  • Gearing up to outline my next project, which should be a lot of fun
  • Took another Rambo Academy class, this one called Plotting Your Trajectory: How to Plan an Unplannable Writing Career with Jennifer Brozek, who is a lovely person. Also, she knows what she’s talking about, which helps
  • Trying to figure out if I want to switch from Milanote to Airtable (thoughts? opinions? random compliments about my fashion sense?)
  • Mourning the (wise, expected, and yet still disappointing) cancellation of Norwescon
  • Trying to figure out if our 3-person end-of-April writing retreat in the wilds of Arizona is still feasible
  • Trying to figure out how to work short fiction back into my writing schedule
  • Trying to learn Swedish

Let me know what you’re up to, even if it’s just watching Netflix in your pajamas and waiting for the apocalypse.

Too many books in the freezer

I was contemplating making a “best reads of 2020 so far” post, since I’m ahead of schedule on my Goodreads Challenge. However, I looked back through my ratings and found most of them are 4 or 5 stars, so “best reads of” would basically be “almost everything I’ve read in.”

I had a long dry spell last year where I couldn’t get invested in anything—books, TV shows, games, podcasts that were not just My Favorite Murder all day every day.

Now, I feel like I can’t read fast enough. There are so many books to tear through and only so many hours in the day and days in the week…and only so much emotional bandwidth to contribute. Books, good books, can be exhausting, in the best way.

Books in the Freezer

Books in the Freezer podcastImage belongs to Books in the Freezer

I fully blame this recent shift on the podcast Books in the Freezer. I binge-listened and ended up adding so many books to my TBR, I had to make another, smaller TBR to prioritize them.

Yes, I mentioned this podcast before, but I’m doing it again. It’s important.

Books in the Freezer bills themselves as “A bi-weekly book podcast dedicated to the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction.” The podcast title is a funny reference to a Friends episode, one that I’ll let the hosts explain for themselves (go listen to their first episode to get the story).

You could Google it, but come on, just go listen.

Not only did this podcast introduce me to books to read, and remind me of books I’ve meant to read, it rekindled my love of reading. I was feeling burned out as both a writer and a reader, and to be excited about horror again? That’s a gift worth more than…what’s a big number? Worth more than my student loans.

So if you need a little bit of inspiration, this is where I’ll point you. Make sure there’s plenty of room in your freezer.

Back on schedule

Sorry about the unexpected hiatus—I had to take a short mental health break for a while after a stressful event that turned out okay but was frightening at the time.

The problem with even short breaks is the backlog piles up, especially when you’re juggling multiple commitments, but this runaway train is finally starting to slow down. I expect to be back on track soon.