Weekly Update: Father’s Day and Personal Reflection

Hello everyone, happy early Father’s Day!

I do not have a lot to share this week, so I figure some expansion on current thoughts and reflections upon my writing might be worth noting. Be warned, I am far more prone to rambling than usual right now, but I feel it will be cathartic to share some of these things with those that care to know.

Writing progress was sadly slower than anticipated because personal circumstances sadly took priority. I don’t want to go into specifics, but let’s just say it has to do with relationships that required extra care this week that I did not expect.

Lately, it seems like that is more or less the norm. Not gonna lie, it frustrates me to no end that I’ve made little progress in TFT or any of my other stories since I launched this site in February, but we don’t control the needs of the moment. I want to write, now more than ever in my life. Yet it seems I am surrounded by obstacles that only ever seem to increase in frequency. My job isn’t easy, but it’s also not so bad on its own most days. My personal relationships fluctuate around natural levels, but then friends or family members suddenly need so much of my emotional energy that I’m spent and want nothing more than to collapse in bed at the end of each day.

I don’t blame them, however. I blame myself. I have allowed the needs of the moment far too often to get the better of me. I’m the one who wants this life, after all. And the longer time goes on, the more I want it. The more I want nothing more than to write and share my stories with whoever may come to enjoy them. The more I realize my current career path leaves me desperately wanting a way out.

So, all this leads to a single conclusion: I need to find a way to balance everything in my life so that I can make the time to write. This is sadly not a skill I’ve mastered, so I believe this too will take time. Thankfully, I believe that to be my greatest resource as of now.

With all that in mind, here is my current plan going forward. First and foremost, writing takes precedence in my life, but not to the detriment of everything else. Writing is my passion, and I need it in my life, but I also need my job, my friends, and my family. So the give and take needs to go both ways. I may sacrifice time I planned to spend writing one day, but I’ll also cancel plans another to make up on that writing.

Starting July, I will be setting monthly goals going forward that will be shown on the home page of the site alongside progress made toward those goals. My monthly goals will be what I consider realistic based on circumstances at the start of every month. There will be three story goals each month, each one relating to a different story. Any goal I fail to complete will carry over into the next month until it’s finally completed.

I also think setting a particular writing goal each month might be beneficial, but hard to say what that would look like. For now, I’ll keep that idea on the backburner and see what happens.

This is by no means a perfect plan, but it seems a start, I think.

As for how the rest of June will go? I think I’ll play it by ear to see how this new plan gets implemented. I will be making an attempt to finish and edit TFT Chapter 3 before the end of the month, but I cannot guarantee anything. If it is not posted by the June 30th, expect it to be the first goal for July.

Thank you for everyone who sat and read through this. Bless you all! I wish you and your dad the best for the weekend!

By DT-Brennan

Hello, my name is Drake Brennan and I'm an avid reader and lover of all forms of storytelling. This site will be my place to both celebrate the great works of literature, particularly in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, alongside my own attempts to craft stories of my own. All constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated.

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