Hey all, it’s been almost an entire year since my last update here. Last year I really thought, naively, that I would ease myself back into blogging. That was rather silly of me. I didn’t even read much last year – only 26 books and most of those were manga volumes or romances.
Long story short — what happened is I got completely burned out. In 2020 during the early days of the pandemic I took on way too many volunteer projects thinking ‘oh, I have like…infinite free time now’. And while I don’t regret any of it, I didn’t realize how much mental and emotional strain I was putting on myself. By the end of 2020 I was also changing not only jobs but careers as well as dealing with a months long home renovation. Then at the start of 2021 one of my cats took a bad turn and passed away, then I had some of my own health issues in the summer and then my dad died suddenly at the end of that year followed by my mom being in and out of the hospital right up into the holidays. I spent all of 2022 trying to recover some equilibrium but since I have been completely burned out and hadn’t had a chance to regather and focus my energy every little thing amplifies my anxiety much more than it normally would. So. Yeah. That’s what happened.
I know the past several years has been hard on all of us, so my situation isn’t unique or special. Just wanted to give an update and let you all know I’m still alive and (mostly) well. If anyone wants to keep up with me I’m still on that doomed hellsite twitter for now @lrich1024. Also on my waytoofantasy insta to update books and occasionally on my lrich1024 insta. I did start a mastodon account (also lrich1024) but I never really log in there. Anyway. Cheers. Hope you’re all doing well.