Happy New Year, Constant Reader!
Sorry I wasn’t able to wish you all a Merry Christmas last week, but I was on holiday at my mom’s house, and as it turns out, she doesn’t have internet connection there. (She technically does, but not really. Long story.) And since my cell phone connection was shaky as well, I couldn’t connect my laptop to the internet through that, so I couldn’t access this website to update this blog at all. Oh well. Hopefully everybody was too busy with their own holidays to worry about this blog, and you all had a joyous Yuletide.
So, with no post last week, this week’s post will be especially long, right?
You see, just before my holiday break, I happened to learn that a submission opportunity which I was told had a deadline of the end of January instead had a posted deadline of the beginning of January. Specifically, 11:59pm tonight, January 2. (Assuming you’re reading this the day I post it. You don’t have to. It’s a holiday! Have fun!) So instead of the usual stock-taking, soul searching, and house cleaning of January 1st – and the customary binge drinking of December 31st, for that matter – I’ve been frantically trying to finish a draft. I’d only finished my last script in mid-November, and had been in research mode ever since – but that was assuming a few more weeks available to me this month than turns out to be the case.
As of this posting, I have a rough draft, and by the appointed hour tonight I’ll submit the revised script. It’s a fifteen-minute piece, so this is doable. But it’s a strange feeling. This is usually the time of year when I try and figure out what the heck I want to try and accomplish in the coming twelve months, and instead I’ll have knocked out a new script within the year’s first two days.
This is not how this usually goes.
And I’m tempted to ring the metaphorical bell, shout out “done!” and call that my artistic accomplishment for 2023. I won’t, of course, but I’m still tired from 2022 so I still have that sensation of just wanting to shut down.
Unless that’s just all the candy I ate over the Christmas break. The holidays really do a number on your system.