|I Got Baggage|
Now, though zero dollars richer, I am able to really focus on a job I love, not obsess over money, and really crank through another two or maybe three years at this organization. I've never known true work stability, but I think that's what this is. I am ecstatic to have a supervisor aggressively trying to keep me where I am. That I love the job is just as important, and lucky. It's not lost on me that while this isn't a financial change (for me), it could be a significant lifestyle change (freeing up an additional 4-8 hours per week). Which is important because....
Then, there's writing. My blogging has been less frequent because it's largely tied to my outdoor adventures, which for certain periods of 2013, were much less frequent. I've also undertaken a couple of major writing projects, one of which is my first novel. I started writing in October and at about 130 pages, it's half-ish done. It's about a rather unspectacular man in this place in coastal Virginia who has to deal with some pretty spectacular events in a short period of time. The working title is "A Needle Marsh Journal" but we'll see if it sticks. I plan to finish writing in early 2014 and spend much of the year editing and cleaning it up. Finishing writing will be, by itself, a monster of an accomplishment for me.
Thanks to Google Brain, my SEO score (previously SCREAMING HOT) took a huge dump in 2013, which I'm embarrassed to say has impacted my work on this blog. People aren't finding the same posts they used to through search engines, which is causing me to ask myself that tedious and tiresome question, "Do I care?" I think I'm close to 700 live posts and I have two posts with over 150,000 views. Which is good. I think.
Regardless, 2014 should likely bring some huge stuff to River Mud. I look forward to sharing it here. Thanks for stopping in today and over the last six-plus years. I do appreciate it.