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 kept on in 2018 and 2019, and I’m continuing for 2020. Mid-way through 2019 I changed jobs, which has changed a lot about the time I have to write, but I’m hoping that, as I settle into this much bigger role, I’ll also settle back into a more generous writing schedule. Curious to see what essays 2020 brings.