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. I decided to stay with the challenge in 2018. I didn’t post as many essays as I did in 2018 — 34 went up here, three others are in the limbo of me wanting to send them out for publication and not doing it, and I have about four study drafts that I may eventually finish. That’s a grand total of 41. As shocking to me as the 50 from my first year.

Naturally, I’m re-upping for 2019. How could I not after all that writing over the last two years? Onward!

2019 Essays

  1. Open Lines of Communication
  2. Settling into My Rage
  3. And so, Liam Neeson.
  4. Writing in Residence
  5. Six Years Standing Still
  6. Me, a name I call myself.
  7. Slipped Loose from My Moorings
  8. Old Friends in New Places
  9. Bedtime for Becky

Past GriotGrind Essays