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I can't write happy. Nost of the time, so I'm excited to read your next post!

As for how I am really... this week has been a lot of up and down again, though more up than down. I'd say right this minute, I'm at about a 6. Took the day off the day job for so many reasons, but on deck is the aforementioned errands and book stuff. Will I remain at 6 the whole day? No idea, and no expectations 😃

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a 6 is even higher than the scale so that's amazing :)

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Oops! I was thinking 1-10 😂 on 1-5, yeah, maybe a 3-3.5 😁

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Thanks for the plug!

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You're welcome!

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May 5, 2023Liked by Russell Nohelty

Thanks for including my posts! Now I have a whole bunch of new tabs open for my morning reading 😳🙏🏼

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Yay! I loved your posts this week. They do a thing mine never do which is build on each other very nicely in really interesting ways and had a whole throughline. I didn't even know you wrote both of them as I was pulling them together. I just remembered there were two really good ones about loss aversion and when I was pulling them together, I was thinking "wow, this is neat. They are both by Tara!" So, very big fan now :)

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May 7, 2023Liked by Russell Nohelty

I'm a 2.1 this evening, but I know tomorrow I'll be up to at least a 3.

Actually, I have the opposite problem. I can't write when I'm terribly unhappy or super-stressed. It just destroys my ability to think creatively.

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that is probably healthier

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May 5, 2023Liked by Russell Nohelty

Aside from oversleep and being 90 minutes late to work, this has been a pretty good week.

Had a long talk with my 14yo on Wednesday. Not about anything in particular, just shooting the shit. But any day you can get a teenager to say more than 3 words to you is a good day!

As far as the other part, I'm the opposite. I can't write when I'm upset. There's just nothing there if I try

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I'm glad it's been a pretty good week, and your writing problems are relatable as I feel similarly at least for fiction.

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Another substack rec: Why Be Happy When You Can Be Writing by Amber Sparks -- https://ambersparks.substack.com/

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Yes! I love that one.

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Thanks for sharing my latest post! I think a lot of us vacillate around the value in shorter versus “give ‘em all you got” posts. That one finished and I felt like I’d run across the country. I’m glad folks are finding something useful from it.

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It was very useful to put context into something I've been thinking about :)

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I’d have to break this up into a few “windows” in order to be honest:

Window 1 (The world outside of my control)- this one feels like a 1. Lots of turmoil out there and it feels like our culture is really learning to love the disarray. It’s unsettling. Feels like the “powers that be” are vampiric in the sense that they feed off the madness.

Window 2 (My life as a writer)- I’d say a strong 3. The world is pretty okay. Platforms for independent writers like myself are getting stronger and more easily accessible to folks who may enjoy reading my work. Besides the occasional down moments all is well here.

Window 3 (The personal stuff)- I’m grateful to say this is a strong 5. My wife and I just closed on a house, our 2 year old is happy and healthy (as is our 5 year old Lab mix), and after 13 years of partnership my relationship with my spouse has never been stronger. Being able to focus on what is in and out of our control makes it possible for us to balance things despite the outside noise.

Thanks for asking and making room for an honest response from a stranger. To any and all who read this, I’m rooting for you 🙏🏾🤟🏾❤️

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