Long time, no blog! There have been so many new subscribers lately - welcome to all!
I don't know if you feel the same way, but it seems my bandwidth has really reached a limit over the past couple of years - not to mention 2021! In the past, I usually replied to emails within 24 hours of having received them, but now I find that it takes me a good two to three days, simply because emails and notifications just keep piling in! No matter how often I set aside time to organize my email inbox with labels or comb through my computer files to delete old things I no longer need - I probably spend at least as much time trying new applications or services that result in more stuff to clutter up my inbox and my bandwidth!
[Here's an unmitigated fan sidebar, by the way: Jane Friedman's newsletter is the ONLY newsletter I receive each week that I eagerly await and always look through carefully. Now that's saying a lot about who Jane is, because few newsletters with the frequency of Jane's can maintain that level of value! But yep, every week, the newsletter is chock full of information and resources and always comes with a personal note from Jane as well.]
But I digress. Where was I? Aha - feeling overwhelmed. If that's how you are feeling, join the club and be nice to yourself. It seems there are so many demands on our time and attention that writing - creating - really seems to take a back seat. But when we see our writing as a luxury or something unnecessary, then we deprive our souls of one of the few things in life that are truly restorative and fulfilling- the act of creating.
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
― Joss Whedon