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What Now?

May 2, 2013

The worst thing about achieving a goal is the letdown you feel afterward. All you have in your mind is, “I’m going to make it, I’m really going to make it this time!” and then, you do! Elation is followed by emptiness. What do I do now? I was so focused on achieving this goal, I never planned the next one.

ImageIt happens to me nearly every week with school. It’s always a matter of filling one day at a time, and then I’m happy if by Thursday morning I know what I’m doing Friday also.  Then it’s 3 p.m. on Friday and I’ve got my “yes! weekend!” euphoria kicking in, because I made it. Only then do I start to think– uhh, what are we doing on Monday? I stare at the whiteboard that has my daily agenda written and think, wow, it’d be so great if I could write Monday’s plan up there now. But hey, I’ve got all weekend to figure that out, right? So I walk away, and spend all day Saturday writing for Becca, and all day Sunday freaking out over what I’m going to do on Monday (much less the rest of the week). I also take every single paper there is to grade home on Friday afternoon, as if for once in my life I’m actually going to get completely caught up over the weekend. Why would I want to do that anyway? Then I would be asking, once again, “What now?”

The same applies to finishing a book or movie, or more so a series of books or a television series. It’s like blowing up the balloon and then pushing a straight pin into it. You’ve invested your time and attention and (most importantly) your emotions into this plot, these characters… you’re so excited to read/see the ending because you’ve been building up to it for so long… and then, just like that, it’s over, and you have to live with that. There’s no more coming. You’d like to go all Misery on the author and make him/her write another one. But since you can’t do that, you resort to the writing new stories about the same characters yourself. Known as fanfiction, this exercise shows that your fandom, geekdom, or outright psychosocial obsession (depending on the subject matter) knows no bounds. Instead of wallowing in despondency over the end of your favorite _________ and/or trying to imitate it, why not come up with something original that others will one day mourn the end of?

All this is a roundabout way of saying: I finished the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, now it’s a new month, and… what now? The challenge enabled both motivation to write and laziness in said writing for me. Now, without a structure to hold fast to, I feel myself cast adrift, the slow waves rocking me to and fro but not in any true direction. What direction shall this now-unfettered blog take? Writing about endings and uncertainty with new beginnings can only carry one so far. Yet I tell you… stay tuned.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2013 12:46 am

    Know the feeling well…I’m sure you’ll come up with something great though…and I’m staying tuned!

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    • May 2, 2013 10:19 pm

      Well I’m going to feed off your confidence because mine is currently lacking! Thanks 🙂

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      • May 2, 2013 10:22 pm

        Yes, it’s understandable…once you’ve finished a big project as you say there’s a void…what about a prompt: the funny things kids will do. 😉

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      • May 3, 2013 9:59 pm

        Oh, between the funny things they do and the funny things they just say, there’s a lot of material there 😉

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      • May 3, 2013 10:38 pm

        I know, my students over the years from the little ones in the beginning when I still taught children to my present, I run an English converstion meeting for adults, have given me joy and sometimes a good laugh…I’ve got two posts up about the adult experiences. 😀

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      • May 4, 2013 9:24 pm

        Ah, I will have to read those. Sometimes I think I would prefer to teach adults… sometimes not.

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      • May 4, 2013 9:38 pm

        Well, I’ve not the patience I once had and teaching ESL can be frustrating…so I just manage/monitor a converstion for adults course…You could go and read: “Your flesh is so morbid” it comes directly from teaching and learning language mistakes in Italian and English.

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  2. May 2, 2013 9:21 am

    Put random words in a bag and write a post about whatever word you pull out the bag.

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  3. May 2, 2013 6:53 pm

    Congrats on finishing the A-Z Blogging Challenge! I know that feeling of “let-down” all too well. It happens to me every weekend, when I’m thinking about what posts to write about for my blog. >.O

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  4. sagedoyle permalink
    May 3, 2013 5:55 am

    Create your own challenge, then it puts a goal in mind…. maybe?

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    • May 3, 2013 10:00 pm

      I have a weekly challenge: come up with a funny post Becca will approve of. I’m currently running out of time for this week…

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      • sagedoyle permalink
        May 5, 2013 4:04 am

        lol

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      • May 5, 2013 10:11 am

        And you will see that I failed, while she can write about not being able to write and still amuse. She is eminently gifted.

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      • sagedoyle permalink
        May 5, 2013 6:25 pm

        Give yourself some credit, it’s like the male voice of Becca coming out lol

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      • May 5, 2013 10:44 pm

        She’s in touch with her masculine side. In a good way… that can’t possibly sound good, can it? Yet I will click Reply anyway. 😉

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      • sagedoyle permalink
        May 6, 2013 12:00 pm

        lmao I’m often in touch with my masculine side… …also hitting reply anyway…

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      • May 7, 2013 7:05 pm

        Are you now? So long as no monkeys are abused.

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      • sagedoyle permalink
        May 8, 2013 10:45 am

        Monkeys scare me, so I don’t spank them.

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      • May 9, 2013 7:41 pm

        Good call!

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      • sagedoyle permalink
        May 9, 2013 8:24 pm

        Thanks!

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  5. May 3, 2013 11:07 am

    I am like that also. I don’t like it but a while ago I have decided to accept myself the way and make the best of it. The first part is easier than the later. :)))) I have figured out the books and the movies, though. I have several of each lined up at all times. I am still trying to figure out how to discipline my writing but this one is really hard. :))) It’s not easy being us, Jason, it really isn’t. But someone’s got to do it:))))

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    • May 3, 2013 10:05 pm

      No, it’s not easy. But if we don’t stand tall and hold our heads high against the rising storm of mediocrity, who shall? We must lead by example and open the eyes of those who shall raise their metaphorical swords in alliance to vanquish the dragons of bad blogging… or something like that. 😀

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  6. May 4, 2013 9:58 am

    I just tuned in. Don’t let me down. If you are associated with Becca and the Girls, you will get in touch with your inner insane child soon, then it will flow easily.

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    • May 4, 2013 11:40 am

      You may have come across my old blog under jasonwrites. I had to ditch it because students had found it and so I started this new one on March 23rd. You just became my 100th follower here. I’ve been blogging off and on for 12 years now and it’s still not easy to find inspiration daily. I don’t know how Becca does it. I try to write something funny for her once a week and it is like pulling teeth. It’s just not my natural mindset, but she definitely does help with getting in touch with your inner insane child 🙂

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  7. May 4, 2013 6:07 pm

    You should start a numbers challenge. You start with One and keep going through the numbers. The great thing is you’ll never run out of ideas!

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    • May 4, 2013 9:21 pm

      Ha, Becca suggested that as well. Maybe I can start a streak of how many posts I can mention breasts in? It would take a long time to catch up to your record 😉

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      • May 4, 2013 10:47 pm

        Yeah, that would take a long time. Likewise if you decided to write about Kate Beckinsale.

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      • May 5, 2013 10:10 am

        I challenge you to write at least one post a month and always mention Kate Beckinsale and her breasts. The first one must also discuss the Ontological Proof. Which would be quite easy in a way, now that I think about it.

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      • May 5, 2013 1:25 pm

        Good idea. If Kate Beckinsale isn’t proof of a benevolent God, I don’t know what is.

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      • May 5, 2013 5:31 pm

        Indeed. But the ontological “proof” argues that God must exist because if we could conceive of a greater being we would… basically. So if we could conceive of a more perfect woman than Kate (and her twins), she would have to exist, but since she doesn’t exist, then Kate must be the most perfect, unless of course that’s Becca. 😉

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  8. May 8, 2013 8:47 am

    Good Post

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  9. May 11, 2013 4:18 pm

    Now you keep writing. The writing is the challenge. The journey is the destination. Don’t do as I do, do as I say. 😉

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