productive in a private sort of way…

I commented on Twitter this evening that I kind of feel like I’ve been neglecting my usual blogging and tweeting lately.

Sure, I’ve had a few scattered posts both here and on Twitter, but for the most part it feels like I’ve been kind of quiet since we got back from Disneyland right around a month ago, which admittedly is probably nonsense because my wife will no doubt be the first to express that I’ve been working my ass off the last couple of weeks on one thing or another, in that it feels like I’ve been “scheduling” time with her on a one random evening at a time basis ever since!

I guess the truth is that I’ve just been so nose-down in other projects lately that pretty much everything else is falling to the wayside in the process. I have a pretty bad habit of planning more for myself than I can ever hope to complete in a given time period, which unfortunately tends to result in me beating myself up at the end of every weekend for not conquering the ridiculous list of tasks that I had allocated for that same time period when I’m also supposed to do chores around the house and relax from the stresses of my day job to boot!

For what it’s worth, I have dialed things back a little bit for this fall, in that I ended up cancelling a project that just wasn’t going to come together the way I had envisioned it, but there’s still a lot left to go in the form of website redesigns, new websites to build, holiday stuff to prepare for The Humor Column, and a few other things that I don’t want to spoil, but am really looking forward to. And ultimately while it is very busy and stressful, I keep telling myself that this is the kind of work that I need to put in if I truly want to make writing my career – that until I get to the point where I can make writing my primary job and free up those other 45+ hours a week, I kind of need to bust my ass and make the most of the other time that I do have…

It’s definitely a tough struggle and I most certainly can’t wait for that fateful day when we do get to make the decision that “it’s time” to finally say goodbye to the comforts of the day job, but at least I can admit that when each of these projects is all said and done, I can almost always look back and be happy with the product of the time that I put in. I may not absolutely love every other step along the way, but I think that’s a different aspect of the creative process that we can talk about another day.

Just think – come Christmastime, with any luck another three or four of these bad boys should finally be behind me!

…and when they are, there’s another two or three already on the docket to slide right in and take their places…


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