I sat at the green table on the terrace of my apartment, just under the window of the kitchen, and Matt, inside, handed out a wooden cutting board with a round of camembert and a small bowl of grapes on it. Here’s your cheese ‘n’ grapes, he said.
This was at the end of the last week of August, about ten days ago. It was a big big week for me.
- My book Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio was released, the culmination of an incredibly intense three years of work and preparation.
- I wrote a major article about my new writing obsession—collaboration and group edits—for Transom.org, the best site on the internet about making radio and podcasts.
- Despite developer disasters, and having to find someone new over a weekend, I managed to launch a new website.
- …and I wrapped the second episode of my new podcast. Episode 1: Eureka, is live TODAY!
It was also week in which I’d spent 11 hours a day in my studio, and then worked another one or two at home every night.
In short, Matt was mocking me, gently. Because this is what I say in the first episode of my new podcast:
…and that’s when I knew.
It was time to take a step back, and celebrate what I’ve accomplished.
It’s all too easy for me to just put my head down and grind. I know that’s not true for everyone; but I’ve got basically no problem getting work done. What I’ve got a problem with is stopping.
I’ve got a little issue with appreciating where I am, enjoying my life while I’m living it, eating the cheese and grapes that life offers.
This is the view of the Charente River from my studio. This is what I look at every day.
And so I made myself get out of the studio. I invited Benjamin Frisch, my producer, Matt, of course, and our photographer friend Alain François down to the Charente riverside for a midday Friday picnic. And I live in France; this is not stock food photography. This is our actual lunch.
And this is my studio, seen from down below.
There it is, up there.