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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.




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.

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