On a scorching Sunday morning, an eight-year-old me is thrilled again to wear my new swimming gear. It is also the day when I panic in the pool. Twice.
When I published the first issue of this newsletter, I had no clue I would do that 20 times over the last many months. That journey ends today.
All self-help books follow a pattern - they pique our interest in the initial chapters. Then comes a phase when all books read the same. Why is that? And is there a parallel, a lesson to be learnt in real life from this?
Over the years, I have realized that my mind is a pool of copious ideas from varied fields. It is like an open pond, extremely prone to ripples from externalities, big and small. There was a time when I picked every idea up and started working on it. I do that no more.
Over the last weekend, my wife and I had decided to clean all the closets and drawers, extending it to cover every nook and corner of our house. The idea was to go through each section of our home, find all the junk lying around unused, and get rid of it if it does not justify the space it occupies.
I have discovered a few ironies of life, a few lessons for the writer within me over my 15 years of writing. I want to share a few of them with the writer in you.
I recently moved across the state. As I was planning this move, deep within, I was also thinking about what I can expect from the move. I was also signing up for a heartbreak.
I have recently moved back to my permanent address — the place I have been calling home for the past ten years. It was precisely a year ago that I had shifted to my original hometown. My wife and I wanted to be closer to our parents in these uncertain times. Good that we did.
Why I separated my microposts from the long-form posts? The real test for any blogging platform is how simple it makes it to write from both a desktop and a mobile device. I have come to realize that no platform does it perfectly.
I do connect with the sentiment of bloggers, yet I believe the suggestion doesn't address all facets of writing. Personally, I love blogging, but I also love writing long form posts.