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May 2020 Be The Year of The Best Sandwiches We’ve Ever Had

Posted on: February 2, 2020

This is a post about making sandwiches. (not this sandwich!)

 

This is a post about how 2019 was the year I figured what kind of sandwiches are my favorite to make.   I like sandwiches that are filled with unexpected stuff.  all the condiments, pickles, green olives, honey, apples, whatever.  Not all those foods at once, because this actually isn’t a sandwich.

 

2019 was a weird year for me.  No deaths, no health emergencies, nothing dramatic or life altering, nothing like that.  It was a quiet, weird year –  I took on some amazing projects and new responsibilities at my day job.  I was lucky, I was fortunate, I was in the right place at the right time. I realized the power of having space and time at work to think and be creative. Some of those projects melted my brain, and I loved every second of it, and would do it again in a heartbeat.   I learned my brain needs large chunks of uninterrupted quiet time for magical creative things to happen.

 

I had MAJOR blogger burn out in 2019.  Like, retire from blogging kind of burn out.  I didn’t want to write reviews, I could barely finish books.  My hobby is blogging about books,  and I could barely finish a book in 2019. People would ask me what I was reading,  and I’d shrug and say “nothing”.

 

I knew what I needed to do, I knew to listen to my friends and stop listening to influencers/strangers/idiots, I knew I needed to get the hell off social media, I just couldn’t seem to bring myself to do it.  I tried a bunch of stuff to get out of my funk, and the only thing that seemed to work was watching buckets of TV, and I am not normally a TV watcher. Good TV is great, and it was exactly what my brain needed! But means I’m not reading books or writing book reviews. And when it comes down to it, I am not a TV person.  I was practicing avoidance.

 

I got some good news in late December.   I got some better news in January. It doesn’t matter what the news was, what matters was that these two things were the things that got me over the hump and out of the funk.  The January news was a huge weight off my shoulders.

 

Anyway.

 

Forever ago,  Robert Jackson Bennett wrote a blog post about making sandwiches. That post has been stuck in my head forever.  My interpretation is that he’s using sandwiches as a metaphor for how weird and personal the writing process is, and the futility of pushing yourself to “write what someone else will enjoy” or to “write the same way someone else writes, with the assumption you’ll get the same result” (or who knows. I am the queen of not interpreting things right). My brain uses sandwiches as a metaphor for writing content for this blog. Also, if you haven’t read Robert Jackson Bennett, you really should. The dude makes a fucking excellent sandwich.

 

Everyone should make the sandwich they want to eat.    You do you. You like mustard on your sandwich? put mustard on your sandwich.  You don’t want lettuce? don’t put on lettuce. It’s your sandwich, make it how you please.   If for years, you’ve liked mayo on your sandwich, and then one day you decide you’re just not feeling the mayo anymore? that’s OK too.

 

Thing was, I was getting bored with having eaten what tasted like the same goddamn sandwich for like 8 years.

My blogger burnout was boredom with my sandwich, and annoyance that I didn’t know how to fix it.  The thing is, I did know how to fix it,  but the solution didn’t look anything like all the sandwiches that were out there, so I didn’t see it for what it was.  I didn’t realize a not-sandwich was a type of sandwich.

 

This is my favorite blog post I’ve ever written.   It ended up being a sandwich that’s nearly all condiments, to the point where it barely resembled a  book blogger’s book review.

 

That post was the first delicious sandwich I made.  I didn’t know sandwiches could taste like that. I didn’t know you could put sliced green apples on a sandwich and fried eggs and pumpkin seeds and compound butter, and marinated mushrooms, and that the bread was actually optional, and  you get the idea.

 

And I’ve been trying to make sandwiches that taste that good ever since.

 

I got close a few times in 2019.   I wrote a few posts that weren’t reviews, they were just “hey, here’s a bunch of stuff about this book that I’ve been thinking about, and here’s how it’s connected to this other stuff I’m thinking about right now,  so I’m gonna talk about all of it, all at once. And then I’m gonna ask a ton of questions because I’m thinking about that stuff.” They weren’t book reviews, in the traditional sense, or at all in some cases. As far as sandwiches go, I loved them.

 

I thought those delicious sandwich posts were the terminal states of blogger burn-out.

 

They weren’t.

 

Those posts were me putting more of the stuff I liked into my sandwiches, and ditching the flavors that just weren’t doing it for me anymore.

 

I want 2020 to be the year of the best fucking sandwiches I’ve ever eaten.  Some of them may barely resemble sandwiches, and I’m OK with that.  Will every single sandwich I make be delicious? Will every single book review be amazing? oh hell no! some of them will be boring and bland!  But I’ve figured out what I like, and knowing what I like apparently is more important to me than I thought.

 

I hope 2020 is the year that you find your favorite sandwich,  whatever flavors those may be.

6 Responses to "May 2020 Be The Year of The Best Sandwiches We’ve Ever Had"

Yes! I am so glad to hear that you’re finding your own way.

I’m in a similar situation. I did a 180 and started writing in a completely different genre and I love it so damn much. That’s my sandwich now. It kind of looks like I have waffles instead of bread, and there’s a bunch of sweet stuff like coconut flakes and honey inside. It’s delicious.

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isn’t it the most wonderful thing, to try a new sandwich and see how delicious it is? you just get this huge smile on your face!

also, waffles and honey. . . i am drooling all over my keyboard!

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I LOVE this post! Yes, do things your way, it’s the only way to get some happiness out of it. We only have so much time on this earth, we might as well enjoy what we can. Also, enjoy those weird quiet years when you can, 2019 for me was a year of mini-crises after mini-crises and I’m hoping 2020 will be better lol. 🙂

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on the topic of “we only have so much time on this earth”, I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. really puts things in perspective!!

2019 was weird and quiet, but I’m happy it’s over.

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Keep trying different sandwiches. Hope 2020 is a great one for you. Personally, I feel like trying a new sandwich filler myself but I’m not sure what that is just yet so for now I’ll stick with the usual but I know exactly where you’re coming from.
Lynn 😀

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try every sandwich on the menu, see which one you want to eat again. worked for me. 🙂

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