What’s happened here?

I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on spillway. And I had so much stuff lined up, too. Ready to go with daily content. New original podcasts in the pipe. Gearing up for more posts in The Tiny Enterprise Project and Branching Out series. Where did that all go?

The desire to share stuff hasn’t gone away. I’ve been excitedly prepping material documenting other projects, including paddle-making and a little scratchbuild I call DroidQuest2013. But the posts about them haven’t materialized.


I’ve been beating myself up a little about it, but here’s what it comes down to. I’ve just been doing too much stuff to take time out to write about it.

When I started the spillway project, it was a way to share the things I get excited about with people. I had time on my hands and had no small amount of desire to fill it with something that felt productive. I was bursting with unrealized ideas.

Now, I spend my days teaching and my evenings on these hobbies. I have my partner and the girls and a handsome new puppy. I’ve been spending more time getting to know my family and NJ’s better than I ever have while we build our own family.

So how do I keep doing the things that I want to write about and still find the time to write about them? What’s more important — the act of doing the things I love or the sharing of them?

It turns out, both. There’s something about the act of writing this confessional that’s made me feel a little more whole about the projects that I’m doing.

Plans are still big, but in the meantime it’s time to get back to basics. Do. Love. Share. The whole point of the spillway.

In the meantime, enjoy this video that I’ve watched a half-dozen times now to try and absorb how to use a key tool in paddle-making — the spokeshave. It’s pretty mellow.

Paddle your own canoe, folks.


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