In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 9

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Sunset over Lake Champlain, date unknown. By Barbara Hampton. No republication.

As I observed last week, deadlines and an audience are often key to success for a writer. For a blogger, I’ll add a third element: frequency.

Blog views dropped off by about half this week, but that was to be expected. Forty-four years ago this week, I had wrapped up a productive first two months as a freelancer and took off for a long weekend. Consequently, this week’s blog posts fell to two, compared with the previous week’s seven.

Still, this week held its own, with a robust number of views of a review 44 years too late. A number of my fraternity friends remembered that production. Sam, the director in question, still has a poster for the show in his office. He said on Facebook that it did indeed brighten his day. If so, the post served its purpose.

I realized late in life that my mission in writing is to bring joy to the lives of others.

Frequency in the coming week will be less of a problem, as long-ago me returns to his journal to chronicle his first assignments as a journalist.

Meanwhile, life behind the scenes continues with projects for my two nonprofit clients and the inevitable and unenviable end-of-tax-year accountings as yet another deadline approaches.

And if anyone wants to share their thoughts on how they organize their writing projects, I’m still waiting to hear from you!

See you next time!

In case you missed it

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    Long wait for a short story, 1979

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  • Be seeing you, 1979

    Be seeing you, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes A secret agent resigns from his service and awakens in The Village, a futuristic prison on a remote island. Everyone has a number instead of a name. Oh, yes, there’s also this strange salute: “Be seeing you.”

  • In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 11

    In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 11

    Reading Time: < 1 minutes Although this series may appear as yet another rabbit hole I’ve fallen down in my quest to finish a project — any project — it has several benefits.

  • Procrastination, pro-cras-tin-a-a-tion, 1979

    Procrastination, pro-cras-tin-a-a-tion, 1979

    Reading Time: < 1 minutes I still sing the song today: Procrastination, Pro-cras-tin-a-tion! It’s making me late. It’s making me la-a-a-ter…

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