Status Update: TLDR

I learned a new Internet abbreviation this week, TLDR, as in “too long, didn’t read,” which has me all kinds of sad because, well, here you are on my blog that by design goes “on and on and on.”  I am the definition of “long-winded.” 

Before you click away from this page after adding “TLDR” to the comments section (which has never happened to me yet), the following week in review is going to be a bullet list because all of us in any kind of field that requires marketing know that bullet lists are the only way to deliver content to a generation of overstimulated Internet users.
I had a really good week, by the way.
  • Wake Up Time: I didn’t have to use my alarm all week long because of this guy to the right. Upon reading the Mary Oliver poem “Why I Wake Early” on Writer’s Almanac, I composed this little poem, “Why I Wake Early” in response.
  • Work: Even though I’m now back to a five-day work-week like most of the adult world, I only had to work four days this week due to Snowmafreezebrrgeddon 2014. I shared this “Template for the Brief Bio” on Wednesday.
  • Writing: Besides these cheeky things, life in messay land was mostly sunny this week. (Watch out, this is where the bullet list goes crazy, indents and everything)
    • The spring semester of the Ashland MFA program started this week, and I am working with the fabulous Jill Christman this term.
    • I started sharing some marriage-based essays with The Good Men Project, including these two pieces, previously appearing here and on Brevity:
    • My poem, “Night Swim” circulated through the Every Day Poems newsletter
    • Writer friend Kate Hopper interviewed me on bearing witness, faith, family, and writing on her blog Motherhood & Words
    • Last night, I heard from the fabulous editor at Full Grown People that “Know True Love Ways,” an essay about dancing with my dad on my wedding day, will be published over there.
    • Rejections and success seem to come in waves, and this wave is much appreciated after a couple of months of rejection slips.
    • I hit the landmark 5,500 tweets on Twitter, a rip-roaring 770,000 characters of wit, sarcasm, and links to wit and sarcasm. That’s kind of an embarrassing landmark. Maybe I should delete it.
  • Welvis: My husband is off for nine days straight. Hallelujah!
  • Whole 30: BW and I started our detox on Sunday of this week, and I’m happy to report that my pants are starting to fit right again, the 2 p.m. slump is going away, and I’m back to sleeping like a rock. We don’t eat poorly normally, but a brief detox period (30 days) right after the holidays is a good reset for me after letting my food impulses rule throughout December. And there’s also all that American Honey and whiskey I was drinking…
  • Words with Friends and Candy Crush Saga: I continue to butcher and be butchered by “friends” on WWF, and now, I drift off to sleep with visions of red jelly beans switching with yellow lemon drops in my head. I’m on Level 50. Someone please uninstall these apps from my phone and Kindle.
How was your week?

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

One thought on “Status Update: TLDR

  1. Hooray for TLDR posts! I am always relieved when I read them because I think, “Good! Somebody else likes words and putting them together, too.” Or, “Somebody else takes a country minute to express themselves.” I love your posts, love your writing and love all the success you are getting at the start of 2014! Congratulations!


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