Well, I’ll get mine in early tonight because it might be my last one for a while.
It’s been a while since I missed a Slice of Life deadline, and I was in midst of writing when I discovered the Iowa House of Representative stuff that went on. I quickly switched directions, madder than a hornet (still mad because it’s been 5 whole minutes since I posted last), and banged out an emotional post about the idiocy of it all.
I got distracted by my wife talking to me, by trying to find details, and by the time I clicked post, it was 11:00 PM Central Standard Time, or Midnight Eastern Standard Time.
I missed my posting deadline.
It’s been literally 2018 since I missed an 11:59 deadline. That one, I missed several days because we were in Washington DC with our band and choir group, so blogging was on my phone at weird times of the day and night! Those were tough blogs to get off on a phone much smaller than the one I own right now. Tonight, no excuses, I screwed up.
Drat is right. The perfectionist in me is kicking myself for doing this, not that I’m going to win any grand prizes or suddenly be named “Blogger of the Year” (though that would be pretty cool).
No, I’m kicking myself because I’m acting like 60% of my students right now, not getting work done until the last minute, then looking at the screen like it’s the computer’s fault that I’m not done. I mean, the computer is only as smart as the user, right? And if the user is waiting until the last minute, who is to blame?
Yes, me. Ugh. I know some of you haven’t missed a day, period, in the whole run of this thing (which by the way, is so impressive to the perfectionist, and annoying as h*ll at the same time!). I’ve just not found that rhythm in my writing that I talk to my students about when they write. The ideas haven’t been easy, the words haven’t been easy, and I feel like my own quality hasn’t been the greatest either.
Yes, I’m having an epic pity party. Sue me. However, tomorrow, I’ll get up, and may write again, just to write. The whiskey may wait until the 31st, or another Tuesday when ideas are hard to come by.
For now, those of you who are going to make it all 31 days, congratulations. For me, ugh.
No, but I can do better.
I need to do better.
I will do better.
March 30, 2022 at 4:54 am
Bummer…it’s happened to everyone at one point or another. I can’t even imagine pursuing this challenge while I was still teaching. At least you personally know that you wrote everyday even if you missed a deadline.
March 30, 2022 at 8:58 am
Oh I know. I was just in the midst of a big old “wth” party with this and the next post. A storm rolled in so I’m on not many hours of sleep, but it will be ok, eventually! 🙂
March 30, 2022 at 5:28 am
Your students would be amused to read your post 😊
March 30, 2022 at 8:55 am
Oh thety would! So would my co-workers! 🙂
March 30, 2022 at 5:55 am
I have tried to notebook every day for the last 2+ years and in each of the first two years, I missed ONE day- the first one I totally forgot, the second a conscious decision- both hard to live with afterward… Oh, well.
March 30, 2022 at 8:56 am
OMG! So true!
March 30, 2022 at 8:26 pm
Of course, you could just play it off like that was part of the plan – as in, “Yeah, I’m just trying to teach myself grace and all that…”
For what it’s worth, I know that sickening feeling that comes with a missed post. Sometimes it also is accompanied by my expletive of choice, but you didn’t hear that from me!
April 1, 2022 at 10:31 am
For me, it just a big sigh, then, I opened a new document and started writing another blog! 🙂
March 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm
Your words struck a chord with me because I’ve felt that some days my writing rhythm has been kind of out of whack. Today, for example, was one of those days. I always look forward to your posts and know that you will find your rhythm!
April 1, 2022 at 10:33 am
This whole school year has been out of rhythm with new classes taught, old friends gone, and a sense of loss. I’m hoping to finish as strong as possible, take a break, and see if year two of our current reality is better!
March 31, 2022 at 8:35 am
You’re being way too hard on yourself! We’ve all burned the midnight oil and posted too late or missed a day entirely. You wrote. That’s what matters!
April 1, 2022 at 10:27 am
Yes, the pity party is strong with me! 🙂
Another reason I like this format, can just purge and move on. It just makes me mad when I know when that deadline is every single day! 🙂