Getting My Ducks In A Row

We’re almost at the end of August and my life is starting to get busy busy busy. At work, we’re entering a busy surgical season and have quite a few new nurses in training, which means extra work while we train our wide-eyed new recruits while doing the one thousand and one things we normally do in each twelve-hour shift. At home, it’s now a month to our new baby daughter’s due date and we’re figuring out all the last-minute details, all while dealing with a very energetic two-and-a-half-year-old toddler running around. Thankfully I just got a great report at my last routine doctor’s visit, so that’s one less thing to stress about.

I still have other things to stress about, though, but it’s not really the time to talk about them publicly. I’m doing my best to manage said stress, to remember that I can only take care of things under my control and that beyond that I need to trust God to do His part, which is easy to say and believe, but not as easy to put into practice.

In terms of my writing work, it continues to be a struggle to find the time to do all I want to do. Having finally laid down the foundation of where I want to take my game writing in the future, I can restrategize how to approach the game projects I put aside last quarter (all the while coming up with ideas for new games, but that’s a good problem to have). My fiction projects, however, are the ones demanding more of my time at the moment, and they get very jealous when I don’t dedicate a significant amount of time to them. Like, my space opera story got jealous because I put it on pause to write another short story, but then it saw what that story meant to me, so it was cool about it, but now it’s like, yo, keep writing me. (You might find this funny or weird, but writers will understand that what I say here is absolutely true.)

I’m learning to accept that for the next couple of months my time available for writing will continue to dwindle, so I’m restructuring my own expectations accordingly. After all, I’m about to be a father again, and that’s my biggest project of all.