So I’m realizing my last post was kind of a bummer. There’s a reason I don’t often talk about the work that goes into the work. Like any gig that’s creative in any way, writing is tough. You’re high, you’re low. You run a story you’re excited about, you get a rejection for a pitch. And when you don’t know how to say “no” to an offer – and that describes almost every freelancer I know – you can set yourself up for far more work than you can handle.
For most of the past year, people would ask me to come out for a beer or hey, just to come out for ten minutes to get ice cream. And I would always say no, ’cause I’m on deadline. So I’m trying to change that. But I’m still working. As much as freelancing can stress me out, not writing – not working on projects that I’m excited about, that I’m proud of, where I can control whether I turn in something remarkable or just hand in something that gets the job done – is even worse.
I’m dropping my column, and I’m saying no to the day-to-day blurbs and listicles that make up most of what runs on the Internet. But I’m not done writing – in fact, no sooner had I written that post than I suddenly got busy again. I’m trying to focus on longer pieces, and new challenges. I’m working on a gaming essay, a press release for David Sylvian’s upcoming, excellent new compilation Sleepwalkers, and a newspaper feature that’ll run next spring. And I’m still making time for some pet projects. That screenshot up above comes from the game I mentioned, Ben Goes to School, which I really should post here. (Plus, I wrote a short story and submitted it somewhere. They’ll probably reject it! But it was a really fun thing to try.)
I don’t think I’ll blog here regularly – I like Twitter a lot better – but if anything cool comes up, I’ll be sure to post it. This has really just turned into a “what am I doing lately” place, but a lot of my friends keep it in their reader, and I really appreciate it. Let’s stay in touch.