This is #399 for me. Which surprises me because I've been at it for a few years and it does seem like I've written way more posts than that. More like 3,999.
I just know I'll post again quickly to see that nice round 400 number. 400 posts. And then what? Which is the big question really, about all kinds of things that one might look forward to with great anticipation.
And then what?
There are the people who look ahead with excitement for the next big adventure, like Toad in The Wind in the Willows: "Toad talked big about all he was going to do in the days to come, while stars grew fuller and larger all around them, and a yellow moon, appearing suddenly and silently from nowhere in particular, came to keep them company and listen to their talk." (A very talented writer's way of saying Toad talked at length)
And there are those who are perfectly content with their routine, like Rat: "And I AM going to stick to my old river, AND live in a hole AND boat, as I've always done." (Talented Writer's way of telling us Rat adores his routine while also saying what that routine is, in just one sentence.)
Which kind of person are you? Mr Toad or Mr Rat? Do you say And then what? Or are you at peace (maybe in love with) with your established routine?
Perhaps you are a nice blend, like Mole, who enjoys a routine sprinkled with the occasional adventure, or even just an outing for the day.
"This day was only the first of many similar ones for the emancipated Mole, each of them longer and full of interest as the ripening summer moved onward. He learnt to swim and to row, and entered into the joy of running water; and with his ear to the reed-stems he caught, at intervals, something of what the wind went whispering so constantly among them." (from The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame)
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf