May was a surprisingly difficult month, as I dealt with a significant amount of depression. The depression struck out of the blue, in the lead-up to Mother’s Day. As I’ve said before, grief is unpredictable, more like slow waves crashing on the shore than anything else. One year, Mother’s Day is no big deal. The next, I really miss my mom. It’s difficult, but I suppose that’s just how it goes.
I tried my best to power through, to not get sucked in too deep. It was a relief once the day had finally passed, and I didn’t have to see stuff about it constantly on the Internet and TV anymore, a reprieve for another year. Most of the depression lifted once it was over, although I’m still having bad days here and there.
Toward the end of the month, I finally completed the novel revisions that I’d been working on. I still have an extra chapter to write, with a firm deadline of June 12 (the start of World Cup). I also started kicking around an idea for a new story, a young adult novel this time. It’s an idea that literally came to me in a dream. I haven’t done much work on it yet but I’m really excited about it. I feel like it’s a story that could go somewhere.
Other than that, I succeeded in becoming less of a hermit. I visited several local attractions, some of which you can read about by searching the “out and about” tag on this blog. I did a little bit of hiking. I found some volunteer work that I enjoy, cleaning up local beaches. I’ve been meeting more people. And I got to see my soccer team play when they rolled through town.
All in all, it was a decent month, one that I’d probably feel better about if I’d done more writing and editing. I don’t anticipate getting much of that done now that World Cup is only a week and a half away, but who knows, perhaps I’ll get inspired.
So that’s May 2014 in a nutshell. If you’re stopping by to read, why don’t you tell me how the month went for you?