Eighty

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Day 80 of 100, Nordjylland, Danmark

I’m trying not to count down to the end of this project too much, but I’m 80 percent through! I’ve enjoyed this exercise of writing everyday, though it was hell difficult in the beginning. You wouldn’t think writing nonsense everyday would be so hard, but it was. It also got a little easier when my days had a bit more stability, rather disrupted by the weekly shuttle between Germany and Denmark, as was happening all of March and half of April.

I’ve written more about the weather than I ever imagined I could… but having never experienced much of the colder seasons in truly cold places, I never realized just how much weather affects my experience of the day. I mean, I know, of course, that it does, but it’s quite another thing to be housebound by unclement weather as I have been out here in the country, where the wind will grab you and the cold will rattle the hell out of your teeth just outside the door, even when it was sunny in March. Long may I continue to learn new things everyday.

I haven’t had time to write about stuff in depth. Because I set myself to producing one post a day, even if not publish it, I haven’t really had time to draft and structure coherently at all. It takes time to sit down and write things, and most days I do work that requires a period of getting-mentally-out-of, before getting into another head space to write. This transition takes a long, long time.

A lot of these posts have been hit and run. But the action of hitting Publish on whatever nonsense I’ve been writing, has been the aim of this exercise. To produce words, and put them out there, without getting wrapped up in the endless spiral of getting it perfect (because it never is). And it has worked.

It has also been a surprising pleasure to have a blogging project – to use this space for something specific rather than the random diary it has been all of these years. I’m warmed up to start another kind of writing project, now that this one is over. Just gotta figure out what the next one is going to be.

Until then, here’s a reminder of the grey, on the first truly warm day of spring here in northern Jutland (21 degrees tomorrow! Wooo hoo!).

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