It’s been a while since I checked in here, but here I am. It seems like a year since I’ve written anything here, but that’s because I’ve been on Covid time, meaning that each day feels like a week, each week feels like a month and well you get the idea.
I think the hardest thing to get used to has been redefining my identity from what I did to bring in a paycheck to what really brings me joy. So I am no longer defining myself as an IT professional, but as a writer.
I mostly have been writing on Linked In, but I plan to write here more, although not as often as I do there, simply because that’s where I’m getting the most engagement right now.
I’m also working on my next book “Leadership Lessons from the Led” and the fantasy novel I’ve been working on for the last year. I’m up to 16,000 words on that one.
I’m writing more verse these days. Life is good, except when I suffer the occasional bout of depression and spend days laying in bed trying to get motivated to get up, but those bouts seem to be less frequent lately, which is a very good thing.
We are less than a week away from Election Day 2020, and I must admit that I am apprehensive as hell. Donald Trump is running behind in the polls, but I have nightmares that he’ll be reelected.
This isn’t just because I lean Democratic, but because I firmly believe that the American Experiment can’t survive 4 more years of his leadership or lack thereof.
I finished my first book, called “Agile Limericks”. It’s a collection of poems and essays about Agile development and Scrum. For those of you not in the IT industry, it’s a way of building software that I’ve been studying and learning about for the last few years.
Admittedly, I self-published, but I’ve managed to sell a few copies, so I’ll say that counts.
If you are at all interested, you can buy your own copy in either ebook or print on demand paperback here.
In the meantime, I’m 6000 words into my first novel “Flight of the Pigasus” and 2 stories into a 10 story collection called “Masks and Other Things”
I’ve been out of work 6 months now. It’s hard to really feel hopeful, but I keep trying.
I just realized I haven’t written anything here in more than a month.
I’ve been busy looking for work and doing other writing projects.
My first ebook comes out on Kindle at the end of the month, and the novel I’ve been threatening to write for 10 years is finally in Chapter 2.
I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a week and have lost a total of 10 pounds at this point. If I get brave enough I might even post a picture just so I have a reference. The big thing I’ve relearned is to eat mindfully. That means paying attention to what I put in my mouth. As long as I do that and consciously decide what to eat, I do pretty well.