For the last five or so years, I feel like I've been in a constant state of catch-up. Catch up on reading. Catch up on writing. Catch up on education. Etc. And yet, I never managed to make up the distance to achieve my ultimate goals.

So 2018, I decided, was going to be my Year of Self-Care. I don't really make New Years resolutions, but I did have a couple goals on my list. Dedicate more time to my health, physical, mental and financial. Learn more about smaller forms of my craft. Read a certain number of books. Write a few short stories, and for the love of God, get at least one of them published.

Now that it's September, I'm finally able to cross that last item off my list, and it's so utterly satisfying.

Eating the Earl will be published in the upcoming anthology, The Hamthology, edited by David F. Shultz.

I can't wait to get my hands on my copy. Especially now that I'm narrowing the distance on catching up.
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Ebb & Flow

There's a cycle to all things: activity followed by rest; calm before storms; low tides, high tides; rampant progress followed by a screeching halt of productivity. Blah, blah, blah. You catch my drift.

To be honest, I've been putting off writing this quarterly update. Partly because I've been having health complications that severely limit my ability to function and string words together, and partly because I wrote a short story to completion and I was hoping to report back with news of its acceptance into an anthology. I got pretty high in the rounds of consideration for a publication that received an unexpected couple hundred submissions, but alas, it didn't make the cut.

Which is fine. I just need to find it a proper home. I was merely mistaken as to where that was.

The most important thing is moving forward, even when you're tempted to let the constant crash of complications and setbacks keep you down.

photo credit: Ren Gooch
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I'm sure that you've all heard the adage before, It takes 21 days to learn a habit.

It's certainly what I had in mind when I wanted to stick to my resolution this year to re-embrace my passion for all of the writing process. The best way to overcome my delays and habits of starting and stopping in fits was simple. I just needed new habits. I needed to retrain myself and get used to accommodating the act of writing in my daily schedule. So that means everyday.

But as it turns out the familiar adage that everyone knows and loves to tout so earnestly? It's a crock of shit.

According to Science, anyway. The 21 day limit is completely arbitrary. According to peer reviewed research, it takes a whole 66 days for a habit to actually stick. So all those times you tried incorporate yoga? Or go running? Or stopping swearing? IT WASN'T YOUR FAULT. You were misled.

On the other hand, however, I'm rather annoyed to learn this fact. Mostly, because today is Day 12 of Consistent Writing. I've been doing a countdown and had a reward planned for Day 21. But now Day 21 suddenly morphed into Day 66...

Perhaps I'll break down and do a partial reward at Day 33. Otherwise this is going to become quite the upward slog.
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