In his book, Show Your Work, Austin Kleon suggests that we treat the question as a means to connect with the questioner or, in our case, listeners/viewers/readers.
Just explain humbly and honestly, he says.
So here goes–a list I developed over a smoked salmon scramble breakfast during my personal, ‘I won’t be able to drive for four more hours, so I’m stopping here’ weekend writer’s retreat.
- I’m writing.
- I’m creating educational content for future online possibilities.
- I’m semi-retired. [as in, I’m not sure if I am or not.]
- I’m looking for volunteer opportunities in my community.
- I’m avoiding the monumental task [in my mind] of decluttering.
- I guess I’m facing the distinct possibility that I’m done with public school teaching.
- I’m eating too much kettle corn. That stuff is the work of the devil.
- For health reasons, I’m trying to cut back on my baking.
- For comfort reasons, I’m ignoring list item #8 and pop in an occasional batch of herb-cheese rolls, chocolate-chocolate chip muffins, or a sweet potato quick bread. [I’m sharing with others…so there’s no need yet to widen any doorways should I visit.]