I’d like to start off this post with a quote from the great Mitch Hedberg:

A quote from Mitch Hedberg: "As a comedian, you have to start the show strong and you have to end the show strong. Those are the two key elements. You can't be like pancakes. You're happy at first, but then by the end, you're sick of 'em."

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m writing a series of holiday stories, one for each day, with the goal of releasing 12 collections in 2024. At the time of this writing, I’m up to April 23 — only about 220 more stories to go! When I started out with the project, I was all gung-ho about it and I tore through the first month or so. But as I went further and further into the year, I began to falter. I wrote less and less. It became a chore to write more than one story per day, and as I perused my character bible and plot notes prior to each one, I found myself less and less interested in certain through-lines or characters. Which is fine; they’re my stories, after all, and I can write about who or what I want.

But I feel like I’m pancaking. I started strong, and I’m sure I’ll end strong; however, now that I’m in the middle, it’s like I’m eating a huge stack of pancakes and I’m like “ughhhhhh, I can’t finish this.” And it is a huge stack; 365 stories is a lot of words. Plus, in my case, it’s even harder to eat pancakes because I prefer the buckwheat ones and they’re usually heavier, so I get full faster. (Sorry. Lost the metaphor a bit there. If you’ve never had buckwheat pancakes, though, I highly recommend you try them.) At this point I have to force myself to write one story each day; usually, if I can write one, I can write two, and if the first two are short enough, I can write one or two more. The day before I wrote this post, I wrote two stories that totaled 3457 words. A few weeks ago, I wrote three stories that, together, totaled under 2000. Some of them are intentionally short; some of them are intentionally long. It just depends on how many pancakes I want to eat.

I’ll be eating pancakes every weekday for pretty much the rest of the year. Here’s hoping I don’t get sick of them and push the plate away, because the last thing I want to do is leave this project unfinished. That would truly be a waste of words.

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