My latest essay for Storytellers Unplugged just appeared on that website, as if by magic. In it, I ramble loosely about how deadlines help to focus the creative mind—or at least mine. The essay itself is a fine example of that. Until I sat down to write it, the only thing bouncing around my head was that I’d obligated myself to write something every month and my turn was up. That’s self-reflexiveness for you.