let’s talk planning.

as a critic & writer, i want to read & watch & listen to as many types of storytelling as possible, applying whatever i can to my own work. doing what i want & when i want to, i find it happens less often & with far less satisfaction. a plan for the year? too long. monthly, maybe? too obvious; yawn.

so, I went full-Pagan.

i split my year into seasonal blocks of time.

reviewing & planning every six-to-seven weeks, based on naturally-occurring celestial events with all manner of cultural significances, allows for regular reflection when choosing what to read & watch & listen to. there will always be stuff i need to do but i enjoyed the idea of the rest being informally & tenuously linked to some greater thing telling me what i had to do.

i’ve written a little on each below, with journals on the blog. (these are all based on the northern hemisphere’s perspective, as that’s where i live.)

as i learn more, it changes.

Winter Solstice (Yule)

[coming soon]

Imbolc (Candlemas)

[coming soon]

Spring Equinox (Ostara)

[coming soon]

Beltane (May Eve)

[coming soon]

Summer Solstice (Litha)

the north pole has its maximum tilt toward the Sun, causing the longest period of daylight that year.

words: heat, heavy, sweat, pressure, abundance, beaches, islands, pirates, coasts, cowboys & westerns, deserts.

me: isle of wight, connected back gardens, football, hayfever.

Lughnasadh (Lammas)

[coming soon]

Autumn Equinox (Mabon)

[coming soon]

Samhain (Hallowe’en)

[coming soon]