Writing Start: 9:21
Total New Words (est.): 0
Edited (est.): 7400
1. Book Three Melody: Off
2. Fractalverse VI: Off till 4/16
3. Dreamcatcher: Off
4. Cheapery St. Heroes Book Three: Fourth primary edit of chapter three
5. Firefly: Off
6. Angel: Book Three: Edited what I've written so far in chapter eight
7. Stories from the Quiet: Second primary edit of the first story
8. The Good Place: Off
Transcribing Montaigne: Off
Thought of the Day: I took off a couple projects today just to give myself a little breathing room. Sometimes it's a good thing not to write or edit, but to let the stories and characters and ideas simmer on the back stoves a little while.
The whole "you're going to die someday, so you need to hurry-hurry-hurry!" schtick has worn pretty thin with me the past year, especially the past four months. I think a much healthier attitude is: "You're going to die someday, so do the best possible, original work you can do and forget the rest." Sometimes, to do that best work, you need to give it a rest and let it "take care of itself," if that makes any sense to you.
The whole notion of the tortured artist needs a serious re-think, in my opinion. Life is tough enough; why do we need to industrialize mortality as well? Very few people are ever going to read my stories or poetry, are ever going to look at my illustrations or fractals, are ever going to enjoy my fan fiction or my essays. I don't want my mortality to spur me to hurry as much as I want it to spur me to do the best work I am capable of when I am working. But that involves a balancing act, because life isn't about working. Life is about life. It's about growing up every day. It's about appreciation and gratitude. It's about learning what love is and doing one's best to embody one's best notions of it every moment, with an eye to evolving more tomorrow.
But it's also about knowing when enough is enough; about taking it easy; about listening; about eating good food and getting good sleep. It's about passion and playfulness; it's about integrity and becoming who one truly is.
None of it is easy, which is why the decision to give a couple projects the day off when I was scheduled to work on them isn't easy either. It's a high-wire balancing act, life is; and so decisions made in the face of mortality need to be considered ones.