It is July...and every July brings me to the commemoration of the NYC Draft Riots, the worst riots in American history. The aspect that I write about has to do with the children of the Colored Orphan Asylum, which was burned on July 13, 1863. Several readers have asked me why I haven’t posted in The Darkinboddy Chronicles, my multimedia/varied arts (including baking!) weblog project which ran from 2013-2015—and which is still in development. Well, I have been working on a number of related projects—which will come to fruition soon—and which I hope will please the Darkinboddy fans out there.
I have not had a great deal of time to write—I am working on that aspect of my life—shifting my priorities to reflect self-care, completion of personal projects, and fulfillment of external obligations. I keep a daily journal (I have done so for the past 20 years), through which I work out my ideas in writing fragments, poem lines, drawings, etc., and sometimes I read back a month or two of entries to see what I viewed as important then. What has been coming to the forefront consistently is writing about the completion of two short story drafts—they are near completion, but I just keep procrastinating. A theory of procrastination is that it is based in fear—I will see about that.
One thing that I should say, though, is that between full-time employment as an English professor at Essex County College, my work as a councilwoman in the City of Plainfield—which usually comprises about another 20-25 hours a week, and other volunteer projects/obligations/responsibilities, there is a lot to juggle. I guess I must become an expert juggler!
Anyway, thanks for all the support you have given me—I am doing my best to bring a couple of pieces to fruition before the fall semester begins—and also to figure out how to successfully work on projects even in the midst of other work—that is the key!