I have no excuse.
First, there was a lot of work at the radio station -- it was Christmastime, after all. Then, I finally began the morning show. I produce it and am an on-air voice, you can hear me twice a week -- Thursdays and Fridays -- from 6-9 a.m. with Mike Buchanan on 1240 am KBIZ radio. You can stream it online if you like, but I am not going to tell you how to do that. Get on the Google and figure it out for yourself.
Once the actual Christmas season started, things lightened up at work substantially. But the weekend before Christmas it was celebrate with The Grobs in Oelwein. The weekend after Christmas it was celebrate with the Dykemas in Kansas City. Christmas Day needed to be spent picking up IowaScribe's daughter, and New Year's Day had to be spent taking IowaScribe's daughter to the airport and shipping her out to Colorado for a couple of weeks. All the other days, work at the radio station.
Of course, there was a very pleasant New Year's Eve party in there, and the Hawkeye Bowl game was enjoyable, as Iowa had its chances against a very good LSU team and could have pulled it out had the ball bounced differently a couple of times.
Weekly columns for the Ottumwa Evening Post were also neglected during the two holiday weeks, but I suspect they will return sometime soon.
Ottumwa Radio recently purchased two more radio stations, adding the KLEE a.m. oldies station and 97.7 KOTM top-40 format to the four stations we already have. No telling at this point how this will change IowaScribe's job, but I like to think it will be for the better.
What's coming up, you ask?
Well, IowaScribe has been asked by a publisher to rewrite and make some changes to one of my children's plays they are considering publishing. I started on that project several months ago but was interrupted by the calling of the stage -- as you know, I was Captain Hook in a local musical production of Peter Pan. That took me away from the rewrite, and well over a month later, I still haven't gotten back to it.
IowaScribe has also agreed to direct the spring play here, the wonderful "Dixie Swim Club." Auditions are later this month. The production will be the first weekend in April.
There is also the Davis County Summer Shorts festival which needs planning and coordination, and I am slated to do that as well. Summer Shorts Weekend will be in early August.
And of course, I need to get back to writing. That is, writing for ME, not writing for work. I have gotten out of the habit, and need to get back into it.
Every day. Write every day. Something. Anything. Write something every day until you can no longer stand to go a day without writing something. Make writing muscle memory -- like swinging a golf club or shooting a free throw.
Make writing a need -- like eating or sleeping.