Among friends I’m known more for my propensity for list-making and owning several large planners that I always scribble in. If you know me, you know I love a good plan and there’s a good reason for that.
At the end of August 2015, I felt exhausted, overheated, and unmoored in my life. Somehow, I was both in extraordinary motion at the tails of a move in a still unfamiliar city, a complete first novel draft and consistent freelance gigs, and not moving in any direction. The novel had fully consumed me and I had barely a few stories on submission, and even though I worked at all hours, this didn’t significantly affect my income. I was expending a lot of energy and had little to show for it. As the cliché goes, something had to change.