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’m not done, however. I’ve decided to stay with this challenge in 2018! We’ll see how things play out this year!

GriotGrind 2018 Essays:
All I Want for TKD …
Happy, Nappy, Proud
Airing my dirty laundry …
Baking with What You Have
The Trouble with Columbus
See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me
Human Touch
_____ while Black, Pt. 2
Comrades in Arms
Mom’s Family: Lessons in Acceptance
Building Sanctuary
Fit-Modeling and Clothes Shopping while Fat
Take your olive branch and go.

GriotGrind 2017 Essays:
Essay 1 – Learning to Walk All Over Again
Essay 2 – How Long Has This Been Going On?
Essay 3 – The only thing I have to fear is …
Essay 4 – One Last Night
Essay 5 – Before You Come for Me
Essay 6 – Testing My Faith
Essay 7 – Alliterative Descriptors — Blackety Black Edition
Essay 8 – A Whale of a (Swedish) Fish Tale
Essay 9 – A steaming pile of dog mess by any other name …
Essay 10 – Deadlines, Doubt, and Dealing with Impostor Syndrome
Essay 11 – If You Stand for Nothing
Essay 12 – H is for: Heft
Essay 13 – I’d like to teach the world to sing …
Essay 14 – Peace and Power
Essay 15 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Essay 16 – Don’t Try This at Home
Essay 17 – Pouring Gas on a Fire
Essay 18 – Randomization Done Right(er?)
Essay 19 – Backsliding toward Bethlehem
Essay 20 – Fat Talk: The Ground Rules
Essay 21 – Fat Talk: The Cage, Part I
Essay 22 – Three Years On
Essay 23 – I See Her
Essay 24 – Fat Talk: The Cage, Part II
Essay 25 – Fat Talk: Giving Over My Body
Essay 26 – Fat Talk: You Don’t Know Me
Essay 27 – Fat Talk: Rubber, Glue, and Things that Can’t Be Unseen
Essay 28 – Bad Brain
Essay 29 – Yes, yes, of course … me, too.
Essay 30 – Not Your Auntie
Essay 31 – Barrels, Empty and Full
Essay 32 – La Impostora Regresa
Essay 33 – Calling a Spade a Spade
Essay 34 – The Well-Meaning White Chick
Essay 35 – A House Full of Grandpas
Essay 36 – Moving On
Essay 37 – By Your Leave
Essay 38 – The Queen of Oversharing
Essay 39 – Un Rêve Parisien
Essay 40 – Cultural Awareness as Deflector Shield
Essay 41 – Your Fave Would Never
Essay 42 – Losing Ground
Essay 43 – Fat Talk: Fat-Shaming and My Secret Decoder Ring