I'm beginning to settle in. Don't think that means I know what I'm doing.
Ramona, you are doing what you can with what you have. That you are still doing it speaks very well of you. Keep it up!
Also, while I liked to listen to podcasts while I commuted, since retirement I have not found myself in circumstances where I can devote brain cells to listening and absorbing while not doing much of anything else. IOW, I don't listen to podcasts anymore. So, sadly, I cannot feel bad about not hearing yours.
And FWIW, I find the key to finding files is consistent naming. Always name a file by the subject. Or the project, if that pertains. Or the title, if it's a story or article. Or content, because content is generic and easy to search on, unless it's kind of hard to sum all of it up in 32 characters or fewer. (IOW, as you've probably guessed, I lose files all the time. 🙄)
I loved this post Ramona! I hope you find your podcast!
I loved this post Ramona! I hope you find your lost podcast!
Way to tell it like it is, Ramona. The impacts of grief are so far beyond what we ever would think. You writing and posting this is huge under the circumstances. Please, give yourself as much credit as you can muster. 8 months might as well be 8 weeks in the crazy grief process. Eight years later, I still can't find things I know I carefully saved and "organized" in that first year of grieving, even though my life is for all intents and purposes "normal" again. Be patient with your wounded self. My grief counselor told me I would never be the same Me that I was before my husband died, and she has been 100% correct. It will take time to get to know the new You. Best!
I hear ya! No husband. No death but a friend who died over the weekend I've been helping since February. And... there's a gal on here who has promoted a club that's only for paid subscribers. She's made headway in London and probably on here but she occasionally grants us unpaid subscribers with a blog or two trying to get us to pay. I'm not a huge fan of podcasts although I did hear Rachel Maddow's 2 ULTRA Friday and another one comes out today if I can figure how to get back to her... but an interesting thing happened this weekend for me. I pulled out my first diary when I was 12. I hadn't remembered that I wrote anything of value in it. I was wrong. I think we are ready when we are ready. You take care of you and your efforts will illuminate the journey. You're a comforting, available, worthwhile read. Best of luck to you. I hate the hype of having to connect writing to cash. It makes me run the other direction 23 hours of the day.
Thanks for sharing, Ramona. This has been an extremely taxing year for everyone. To add your loss on top must be incredibly difficult. Hang in there.
I'm at a very different stage of my life - early forties with two kids, 6 and 3 - and yet I'm grappling with the same writing challenges. Should I write more on Substack? Or less? Or try other channels? Should I play with a podcast? Monetize my newsletter? If I do those things how will I ever finish my novel?
I'm feeling a little worn out, I think, because I'm focusing too much on things I can't control. I need to put my head down, get back to the joy of writing, and focus on producing the best art I can. Thanks for the reminder.
This honesty is what writing is all about. It's a connection to your readers, and all of us, through grief, through worry, through fear, have been in that place you describe. Thank you so much!
Take care of yourself. Plod gently xx