Children's writing

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The puzzles for all current projects are finished. Some are still in the hands of young testers and my critique group, but I expect to do the final polish tomorrow and send the last batch on their way.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on taxes. Like most people, I don’t enjoy tax time, although I seem to have a better attitude this year than I’ve had in some years. I’m not opposed to paying taxes. Not at all. I appreciate at least some of the things taxes do for me and for others. What I mind is the painful, time-sucking, convoluted process required to pay them. The tax laws of this country are one of the Seven Absurd Wonders of the World. What I also mind is that there is apparently no effective way to be fair about the whole thing. You know how Christmas can bring out the best in people? I think tax time brings out the worst. Ergo, it’s best to get through them as quickly as possible and move on. I hope to finish taxes tomorrow, too.

And then what?

Ohmygosh, the calendar is blank! The world opens up and all things are again possible. Hmm, what shall I tackle next? A book proposal? A story? A design? A class? I love being in this place.

Of course, that’s not exactly precisely the whole and factual truth. There are things I should do next, and I’ll do them. But there aren’t any specific deadlines looming, and I feel a sense of freedom, endless possibility, and hope.
paradise.jpgAh. Paradise.

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  1. Wow. Congrats on making it through that crazy, deadline-laden time. Can’t wait to see what comes out of your time now… It is almost gardening time. 😉

  2. Thanks! I’m eager to see what comes about next, too.

    I’m planning to start seeds in the house this year. I had April in mind as the month to start, but breakup is early so maybe I should push it earlier.

    Actually, I’d better read that AK gardening book Mike got me. Hm. Maybe that should be the first book on my Bookmark Challenge reading list.