The End: 9/10/2021

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I always have a hard time at the end of a project. When I reach the end of the first draft of a novel I’m working on or have closed out the final bug of a software project I’ve been coding, I enter the final stages with a bit of sadness. So much time and effort poured into a project make it hard to turn the page and start the climb again.

I haven’t quite yet put my finger on what emotions I go through, but I have a sense it’s a bit of sadness mixed with a splash of disorientation. When you work on a project day in and day out, you develop routines. For me, it’s waking up every morning at 5:00 am, kicking on the coffee, and opening my laptop to begin working on whatever to-do item I have lined up for that day. The rhythm becomes familiar.

You eventually reach a place where if you do have to take a day off or something throws that routine out of whack, you feel it deep in your bones. I can’t explain it. But, any of you who work on creative endeavors know exactly what I’m talking about.

I would experience this feeling after running a long-distance race I had trained months for. Day after day, I would put in the miles, build my distance, until the day of the race comes and after I cross the finish line I’m left with a bit of disorientation as to what to do the next day when I no longer have a race to train for.

Today I am announcing that this will be the last issue of The Polymath’s Almanac for the foreseeable future.

All-in-all, it’s been a good run. I have successfully published this little newsletter for 32 straight weeks without fail. There have been many times that I have wanted to quit, but every Friday morning at 6:00 am, I shipped. And that’s a good feeling.

I don’t know how many of you enjoyed the weekly ramblings and curation of links that I would send out, but I hope that you have found at least one or two things that caught your attention. I have certainly enjoyed pulling all of it together each week.

What’s Next?

One of the main reasons I’m discontinuing this publication is so that I can focus my attention on a few other projects. As many of you know, I’ve been very busy on a few software projects and have my biggest project yet currently in the works.

It’s the type of project that requires me to be “all in.” I need to give it as much of my full attention as I possibly can if I want it to be successful. So, when I looked through all the different plates I had spinning, I decided to prune away some of the smaller projects in service to the bigger one.

With that said, you can still follow my work in a couple of places:

  • My Website - I will continue to publish updates on my personal site from time to time. I will also have an archive of all of these newsletters there for future reference if anyone wants to rummage through them.

  • Twitter - I will continue to promote my work and make conversation on Twitter. Although I’m not on the service all day like a lot of people, I plan to post frequent updates and continue to engage with other makers and creative types that I come across.

Finally, I want to thank you for sticking with me for the past 32 weeks! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing and curating the issues and I hope you have found as much joy in receiving as I have had in making them.

And with that, here are the final Field Notes for the week: