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!