Been a while since the last update, I know. How have you been? It’s been pretty busy around here, but that’s a good thing! I’ve been pressing hard to finish up a manuscript that has a June 1st deadline. Oops. Not gonna make it, but everything will be okay. In the words of the great Douglas Adams, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
You cannot rush the process of anything worth doing. There are no shortcuts, no magic pills, no “get-rich-quick” schemes. I’ve found that to be true for anything in life. Things done well take time and hard work. Repeat! You can be more efficient about it, you can allot more time to it, but you can’t rush it. That’s why you can’t cook a good steak in the microwave, why brewed coffee tastes better than instant, and why Rome wasn’t built in a day. Turtle and the hare, man, turtle and the hare.
Point is, while the deadline has been looming ominously over my shoulder, rubbing its hands and going “Muh-ha-ha”, I don’t feel compelled to rush things. The final product will suffer and it will be painfully obvious this thing needs to simmer on the stove a bit longer. What would be the point, then? Knowing it wasn’t ready but sending it in anyway? Just wasting everyone’s time and pushing the completion date even further back.
Still, I have an obligation to finish my work and therefore other things fall by the wayside. The stack of bills sitting on the corner of my desk, for example. In spite of the fact that I refuse to water it, the pile keeps growing. My hope was the laws of gravity would eventually catch up and topple the whole thing over – ideally right into the garbage can next to my desk, thus solving the problem – but as of yet, no such luck.
And the website, of course. The idea behind the site was to give the little side things I write while working on bigger things a place to live. Since all of my focus has been on the manuscript, there hasn’t been a lot of that going on. Hence the lack of recent updates.
Fear not, my tens of followers! I am rounding the bases and about to slide into home plate for the game winning run. When I am discharged from the hospital after recovering from the injuries sustained during that slide, I will be back posting with a vengeance. I’m too old for that running and sliding shit.
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