In February, I’ll have been doing this blog for 13 years. And in that time, I’ve been through just about every kind of cycle there is – all between 5:30 and 7AM, weekdays.
Some days – especially in the runup to election time – the material just comes from I have no idea where; I sit up at 7AM, and I’ve got five posts written for a day, and two for the next day, and I wind up taking notes for several more on my phone during the day (major shout-out to the WordPress app for smart-phones!).
Others? It’s like dog-paddling through maple syrup to get anything done at all. Which is part of the point, for me; developing the self discipline to write something every day I’m physically able. It’s helped in a lot of other parts of my life, so it’s a big net gainer for me.
This last month has been different. And it occurs to me why.
Two years of DFL majorities in the Legislature have meant no down-time; the Democrats made a big run at Second Amendment rights in 2013 and again last session; the customary stretch of downtime between election and session, where I normally write about music and history and leave politics alone, evaporated.
This is my first fall without substantial politics to write about since the fall of 2011. And it took me a while to remember how to deal with those two months of inter-MN-political writing doldrums.
The answer, of course, is to take a deep breath and find other things to write about, things I enjoy rather than out of some misguided notion to try to save the world.
And everything’s pretty darn good, once I get past that!