life is happening

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, in some way or another. I’m working out the particulars of what form my writing will take, but it’s on the shortlist of lifetime goals: travel often, serve God, be a speech-language pathologist, own a summer home in Småland, and write.

On the short term, some of those goals have been postponed. I haven’t the money for any house, let alone one by a Swedish lakefront. I have to sort out my immediate educational plans before I can do the coursework I need for my SLP certification. And while I’m lucky enough to have the situation in which travel is not completely impossible, there are and always will be times that I’m feeling restless.

As for writing— in theory I could have been working on that; but after spending hours at a time laboring over a pointless research paper and several unnecessary journal entries, it’s hard to convince myself to spend any more time with a pen or keyboard, even if it’s for the sake of the things I actually want to write about.

Now, all four of the above will be put on hold for the sake of Goal No. 2 on the non-ordered list: service in the name of God. That is, in fifty-two days I will be a missionary, confined to the boundaries in which I have been assigned, and without the time to spare for studying, writing stories, or making money to put into the “Fritidshus Fund”. And in spite of the restrictions I’ve volunteered myself for, I couldn’t be more excited about it.

I don’t know for now if I’ll be publishing anything in the meantime. I’ve never adhered to a particular schedule, and in the next month and a half I have a lot of things I’m trying to get through so I can be ready to go, which might prevent me from writing anything presentable. There’s only one thing non-mission-related that I know I’ll be doing, which is getting out a very rough draft of the novel that has been floating around in my head for the past three months, but I can guarantee you that won’t be ready for viewing at any point in the foreseeable future.

In short, if you don’t see anything new up here until August of 2016 or later, don’t be surprised.