I’ve been struggling with this post in the back of my mind for a month now, so I’m just going to type it out stream-of-consciousness style and hope I can edit something coherent out of the result.
First and foremost, thank you, E.H., for your flattering words here. I sat down that weekend to write something, I forget exactly what, and saw the comment that lead to your post, and haven’t been able to figure out how to respond since!
On the one hand, I’m thrilled that someone holds my writing in such high regard! On the other, I really haven’t written much this year.
In fact I’m feeling a little out of practice, when I was forcing myself to post once a day I was much better at this. This goes hand in hand with the painful lesson that I can’t go to the gym and do the same workout I did last year, when I spent three or four hours a week in there. All skills must be practiced.
So, I have a few tasks ahead of me now. One is that I need to respond to E.H.’s challenge, which I think is actually impossible for me to take on completely. But I should be able to do part of it, and I will make that my next post.
Two is deciding what to do with this blog. I’ve neglected it badly, not only in posting to it but in keeping it up to date behind the scenes. The about page hasn’t changed in years, and clearly doesn’t apply anymore. WordPress has changed the interface more than once in the last few years, and I have to learn how to do all the stuff I like doing all over again.
Three is deciding how much writing I want in my life. Because as much as I whine about learning disabilities and how long it takes me to wring words out of my skull, and as frustrating as it is for me to hammer solid concepts out of the vague impressions that pass for thoughts in my mind, there is no better feeling for me than to read old writing, including a few posts on this very blog, and feel proud (and a little surprised) to realize that I made that.
So yeah, that’s where I am right now. I guess I’d better make a cup of tea and see if I can come up with a response to that challenge.