Year of Accountability – June 1-14th

Hi all, Here’s yet another post in my Year of Accountability challenge!

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Photo by Suliman Sallehi on

Honestly, the events of the last few weeks have been overwhelming and depressing and it’s been somewhat of a struggle to stay focused on anything that doesn’t relate or connect to the protests around the murder of George Floyd or CoVid-19.

I haven’t done much fiction writing. This year is feeling like somewhat of a wash in the book department, even with the successful release of my latest novella – The Last Gladiator. What I have been doing is contacting my state reps and senators, my local officials and my Congresspeople to push for some much needed changes.

However, I’m hopeful that, with the end of distance learning, I will have some more mental energy to do writing. I admit, it feels…disingenuous to focus on something so mundane at this point in time. I’ve been struggling to deal with the angst and anger that comes with not being able to go out protest due to health concerns from COVID.

So… I’ll just have to sit and accept the discomfort for a while. While I can’t do what I want, I can do other things.

Hopefully, I’ll have some better news on the personal writing front to report soon enough. I actually had a few students ask me if I was going to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year, and I think I’ll have to actually do it to make sure I don’t ruin my ‘street cred’.


Author: Daniel Ottalini

Author of the Award-Winning Steam Empire Chronicles Series

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