There's no post today

Paradoxically, announcing there's no post today means there's a post.

My commitment is to publish a sketch and story every Tuesday, both in English and Spanish. And it isn't easy. I find joy when I schedule my weekly publications in advance, and I often fantasize that I'll put the hours needed to prepare posts weeks, maybe months, ahead of time. But that rarely happens. I was close to doing that for August, looking to unplug from the screen during my vacation. Yet, I ended having to do some writing, translating, and Photoshoping amongst the hot days of Summer.

Here's a personal note I wrote on the morning of July 7, 2021.

Writing a good newsletter post with 466 words […] makes me feel good. It's Monday morning, and my post (in English and Spanish) is scheduled for tomorrow. It's 9:40 AM, and I need to keep going, making progress in other areas not to be caught empty-handed later on my day.

I realize how great it feels to finish to-dos early in the day, going on with your day without pressure. It's then when I think, I wish I did this more often! But, no matter how much structure I try to introduce into my daily routine, every day is different.

As you can see, I lied—I had the first line of this essay as a backup post in case I had to miss a publication, but it ended up sparking a reflection that I decided to share with you today.

September 28, 2021
Nono Martínez Alonso

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Pencil sketch of Nono Martínez Alonso.