Mid-break Check-in

I am halfway through my holiday break from work, and it’s a good time to check in on my writing progress. Unfortunately, I don’t have nearly as much progress to report as I had hoped.

So far, I was only able to get writing done on the 17th, 18th, and 23rd. I was fighting a bug on the 19th and 20th and a migraine on the 21st. And I lost most of the 22nd to some errands and appointments.

Then we ran into the holiday weekend. While Jen and I didn’t have plans or travel to visit anyone, I spent most of that time relaxing with her.

Despite the fact that I didn’t make as much progress as I had wanted, I feel good about cranking out almost 3,000 words a day on the three days I did write. And, I still have the rest of this week to write. I like my chances of getting more writing done with the rest of my break.

My featured image for this post is a coyote. When I was a kid growing up in Arizona, many people considered the coyote to be a varmint. I remember neighbors talking about hunting them for their pelts, and I don’t think there were many restrictions on numbers that could be hunted or trapped at that time.

Despite that, coyotes have survived repeated attempts to eradicate them in a lot of places. In fact, they currently are flourishing across the U.S. and even into big cities here in the eastern part of the country.

Coyotes are smart, resilient, and adaptable. Those are skills that writers also need, along with a decent dose of stubbornness and a willingness to persist despite the odds against us.

Since today is a fresh, new day and another chance to get my personal writing retreat back on track, I thought a coyote would be a good symbol for my goals.

Photo by Elijah Austin on Unsplash

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