Near the end of 2016, Vanessa Mártir put out the call to join the #52essays2017 challenge, an invitation to push further into my writing and recommit to getting the work done. The challenge was to write an essay a week for the whole of 2017. Weekly essay-generation was no joke! No. joke. I was on it for January … and then began to fall further and further behind. I was determined not to give up, and by year’s end, I had posted 43 essays and had near-finished drafts for six more, and had one completed essay out in the world accepted but waiting for publication … which put me at 50 for the year. Shocking, to say the least.
Vanessa named her essay cycle The Relentless Files. I named mine “GriotGrind.” Because I love alliteration and because I figured it was about time I got on mine and got the damn thing done.
I didn’t stop with 2017, however, but kept on and on and on. I haven’t equalled the number of essays I wrote in 2017, but I’ve written quite a lot over the last few years. Mid-way through 2019 I changed jobs, which changed a lot about the time I had to write. As I began to settle into that new situation … Covid hit, and the pandemic and lockdown have shifted my writing time and ability yet again. We’ll see how I do with this year’s essay challenge.
- Give Caesar What Belongs to Caesar
- So much for the Emperor.
- Grading on the Curve
- Procrastination Station
- When life was slow and oh so mellow …
- What I Didn’t Do
- Continuous Passive Motion
- Psychokiller, qu’est-ce que c’est …
- The branches of the learning tree …
- Time to think about my name change …
- 24 Hours: Do I Dare?
- Drifting: The Slow and the Curious
- 24-Hour Flight of Fancy
- Making a Run for It