Therefore, the question of who Mac Lane is found a harmonic resonance in who the hell am I? I have read the advice not to call oneself an “aspiring” writer, but what else am I? “Aspiring” writer, “aspiring” PhD; lots of potential (I hope), but not a lot of actual. So there’s been a lot of soul-searching, and there will be a lot more in the next few weeks or months. And man, I’m bummed, because I actually thought I’d grown up already. 😉
I’m not sure the impact all this deep thinking will have on my goals, but y’all will be among the first to know.
Health: I am almost completely over the cough. The drier air of winter in Florida is helping, I think. I wasn’t home to weigh myself on the same scale this morning, but going by the fit of my clothes, I managed not to gain much weight (maybe none) this week. I didn’t eat much at meals, and my brother-in-law and his wife are very good about not having snack food around.
Exercise: My sister-in-law and I walked around for eight hours at various malls on Black Friday, with no more food than a sample piece of candy about 3pm. I hurt enough on Saturday to know that I need to up the routine. I will tack down the amount of time and the best times to do the exercise, but clearly the half-hour leisurely walk with the dogs isn’t cutting it.
Family: It was a great weekend for family. Although our youngest son is still on vampire hours, his awake hours overlapped mine enough that we had some nice talks and time together. I spent a lot of time just hanging out with my brother-in-law and his wife, which was long overdue.
Friends: I really fell off the map with friends, which made me feel pretty bad. I barely showed up on Twitter or email all weekend. I am still very confident that friends are crucial to my happiness as a human being.
Writing: A lot more thinking than writing on this front as well. Kudos to everyone who participated in NaNo–all of you did so well! I thought a lot about how I write, what I want to write, and what I need to learn (the short answer to that last one is everything!) Last Sunday I posted a very short section from a piece I wrote on the Alachua Sink, part of the Payne’s Prairie State Preserve in northern Florida. Last Monday, I posted an excerpt from a piece I’ve written about a WWII British war bride. I have another piece set in 14th-century France, and another in early 20th century New York. I’m feeling pretty scattered, and may retreat for a little while to the academic writing. It is a shelter, certainly, but I am seeing that I need to work a lot on the craft.
Day Job: applications and more applications.
So, all my lovely ROW80 compatriots, have a very lovely rest of the week. I will be spending a lot of time figuring out new goals for the remaining weeks of Round Four. Good thoughts will be greatly appreciated. As always, please go encourage the rest of the ROWers here.