Funny how fast things can change.
Some swift changes in my financial and personal life this week have sent me into a bit of a tailspin of self-doubt. Compounding this is the fact that I don’t have any fiction on the market at the moment–I’m not counting that one for McSweeney’s, I think I should consider that one lost at this point. That’s just a little too much failure in too many areas at once for me. Taken as an aggregate it makes me want to bench myself for a while. It is very tempting to just hide and despair. Years ago that’s exactly what I would have done.
That’s not how we’re doing things today. I am combating this by staying connected, being of service, and when I can, on getting this new short story done. I put an hour into it last night, and I think it’s working well so far.
The answer always seems to be the same: take care of the basics (food, exercise, sleep, environment), focus on the work, and wait it out. Because life will inevitably change just that fast again.