For comparison purposes, I wrote six short stories in all of 2005. And I didn't finish a novel in 2005, either.
Part of what this means is that I had a lot of stuff sitting around started and unfinished on my harddrive, and now some of it is getting finished. This is good. But that's not most of it, especially as many of these stories are brand-new this year. Most of it is that 2005 was my Year Of Sick, and I'm really doing better now. Lots better. This morning I didn't fall out of Tree Pose when I was doing yoga. (Several months of vertigo will send your balance all to hell even when you're not actively having an episode of vertigo at that moment. One of my goals in doing yoga -- and, to a lesser extent, biking and doing Pilates -- is to strengthen my balance for when I'm not in the middle of a vertigo episode.) This evening, when I was cooking dinner -- real cooking, not pasta and jarred sauce -- I danced absent-mindedly in the kitchen while things were simmering. I mean that I was sort of hanging around the kitchen and found that I'd been dancing without thinking about it much. I used to do that all the time when I was cooking. Lately I've been doing it again, but I hadn't noticed.
And I'm gearing up to write a new book, and I think it's going to be good, but I'll talk more about that later, in a bit, I think.
I also finished the reread of Thermionic Night today, and had something weird happen: I was in a bad mood about it, and my own book won me over. That was just bizarre. But good-bizarre. Definitely good-bizarre.
I'm trying to reduce the number of perpetual entries on my to-do list, things that get moved from week to week with no hope of completion. Several of them are done, handled, taken care of. I'm also trying not to provoke another build-up by running myself ragged and collapsing. And to that end -- hey, I finished the reread, I finished the sixth short story of the year -- I'm going to go back down and watch my Wild keep fighting for a playoffs berth.
Words of wisdom for the evening: doing better is far more fun than doing worse. (And I hear my dad and timprov and Tim Robbins in my head in ragged chorus: "It's, like, better than losing!" Spring training. Soon to be time to watch "Bull Durham" again.)