On Returning

Hey, everyone. This is going to be a super informal post. I haven’t been on here for almost a year, and I feel like I should explain why.

I have been gone, in part, because my other projects have taken a lot of my time. I resolved to publish six books this year, and it looks like I’m going to make the deadline.

Passive Aggressive Fables For Adults hit #11 on the folklore charts for a good couple of hours last week, and I am still in shock. It dropped down pretty quickly there after, so I know I’m still in reality.

I have also been spending a lot of time working on school work, because getting a PhD isn’t all that easy.

But, the biggest reason I’ve been gone, is that I needed to just…not.

As an upwardly mobile student, I’ve spent the past decade working myself to the bone. Most summers, I’ve had to work a minimum of 50 hours a week. One summer, I worked four jobs. During the school year, my time commitments can be even worse.

In the past decade, I haven’t really had a break, and it has been more than my body or mind can handle.

Quarantine started back in March, and, for the first time, I was forced to rest. It took about a month for me to relax into it. Then, I over relaxed and slept and watched television every day.

After a few weeks, something changed, and I started itching to do things again. To create again. My mind flooded with new stories and new thoughts. I started working harder and faster. My research and my creative work both started to flourish.

This blog entry is all over the place, but I need to write it in case anyone reading this has been grinding just as much. As soon as you get a chance to rest (and I know I am very privileged to be able to rest right now), please, do.

We can create when we are not whole, but there is a limit.

Give yourself time to heal, and grow, and think and be, and do nothing. You aren’t losing momentum. Rest is active.

Welcome back to Stage Lights and Dirt Roads.

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