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.

  1. Give Caesar What Belongs to Caesar
  2. So much for the Emperor.
  3. Soul-less
  4. Grading on the Curve
  5. Procrastination Station
  6. When life was slow and oh so mellow …
  7. What I Didn’t Do
  8. Continuous Passive Motion
  9. Psychokiller, qu’est-ce que c’est …
  10. The branches of the learning tree …
  11. Time to think about my name change …
  12. 24 Hours: Do I Dare?
  13. Drifting: The Slow and the Curious
  14. 24-Hour Flight of Fancy
  15. Making a Run for It


The Archive: Past GriotGrind Essays