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It has been a long, long summer for me. I have battled the stomach flu, eye strain, depression, and my main income source will slowly trickle down to zero in the not-too-distant future.
With all of this, I have had little time to devote to my creative pursuits such as writing and podcasting. I was gratified to hear on The Creative Penn podcast, hosted by Joanna Penn, that she and other authors are feeling similarly. It seems to be a side effect of living in covid times. Lots of uncertainty to deal with which makes it difficult to stay focused toward goals and be creative.
However, I’m pressing ahead (mostly out of boredom, but also as a distraction). I have launched the submissions for Season 2 of my podcast, The Haiku Pond.
And I recently submitted a short story as part of the LeVar Burton Reads contest. The top three winners will have their story published in Fiyah Literary Magazine and the first place winner will have their story read by LeVar Burton himself in Season 10 of his podcast.
I very much would like to take the grand prize and have my story read by him (I’m a huge Star Trek: TNG and Reading Rainbow fan!), but I’m mindful the future is uncertain and unpredictable (the covid pandemic taught me that!).
I do intend to share this story with my newsletter subscribers at a later date. The contest had a limit on the number of words (5200 max) and I wrote 7000+ words! Obviously, I had to cut some words for the version I submitted to the contest.
Without giving too much away, the story follows how a society must change their traditions when their planet is threatened by an unknown planet-wide climate catastrophe. The title of the story is Twin Planets.
I’m still working on finalizing final version and preparing the files to share. If you’d like to receive a copy of it when it’s ready, join my newsletter.
Lastly, with regards to the depression and darker emotions I’ve experienced this summer I’ve attempted (and in some instances succeeded) to be more gentle with myself. So much of the messaging we receive from the world is to be happy and positive all the time. However, as emotional beings we experience a full range of emotions on a spectrum so I find it quite unrealistic to feel happy or positive all the time.
This has been really helpful to me as I sit with my depression and emotions. By acknowledging them, it’s helped me cope better. Yup, they’re there, but they won’t be forever. Everything is transient in this life, including emotions.
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