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David Gane
David Gane
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Lately, I haven't been doing the work I want to be doing. Part of it is the business of the holidays, and getting caught up on tasks now that I'm not teaching, but there are deeper issues.

I've been feeling a little lost, so I went back to a values exercise that I completed a while back (and shared with you) to find my focus. Going through my list of the ones most important to me, the one that really popped out was stability.

At first this surprised me, but when I thought about it, the more it made sense.

As we know, 2020 wasn't the best—it definitely threw most of us for a loop. I felt I had faired well enough: I was able to work, I haven't yet been sick (knock on wood), and for the most part my family has been safe. Yet, financially, I would like things to be a bit more solid.

My wife is a nurse and is exposed to the pandemic regularly, so taking that burden and stress off her is foremost on my mind. As well, the money I earned from teaching went mostly into fixing our basement, which had problems with load-bearing posts and radon. (The stability of my house and health was literally not the safest.)

So in the new year, I'm going to focus on that. That'll likely lead to some changes around here—tweaks to move forward and find more solid footing. I hope you will help me along that journey.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.