Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve written–I really debate whether I’m a serious writer or someone who just follows their whims. There’s nothing wrong with the latter, but we feel better when we’re achieving something impressive.
The author James Clear writes that he makes himself stick to a regular writing schedule, even when he doesn’t feel like writing. I read that David Sedaris does the same thing. Time will tell if I can do the same thing, but I do feel bad about letting this and Central Coast Wine Writer go so long. It was a relaxing summer, anyway, with wine to drink, and no worries about photographing it or taking notes.
And I guess that’s where I am now in my wine journey. I’m at a place of simply enjoying it rather than deconstructing it. I may have been influenced by Eric Asimov’s How to Love Wine, in which he says we’ve been so bombarded by tasting notes and scores that we’ve forgotten how to enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal. (You can read my full review of the book at What Am I Reading and What Am I Drinking? ) But more than that, I think the book came at the right time, when I was growing weary of breaking down smell components every time before I had even one sip.
Which is not to say I’m done with that habit–it’s a noble one with a long history, and terribly fun. It’s just that I’ve been happily glugging everyday wines for several months now, with no intent to analyze it.
But I know I could get to the next level of wine appreciation just by applying myself again, and I intend to. I got about a quarter of the way through American Rhone, for instance. This wine lover is not dead yet, and maybe I’ll even finish that book soon.
I just have a tendency to ebb and flow with my interests, that’s all it is–I wish I could be like the other wine bloggers and do it all the time. Maybe I will end up committing myself to a schedule. I’d like to.
Anyway, I hope you continue reading. If you have any advice for sticking with writing, or sticking with your interests, I’d love to hear it. You can comment here, or reach me on Twitter at @carolmaskus.
Thanks for reading, and have a good day.