The Calm Before and After the Storm

Is it ever really calm though?

Kristin DeMarr
7 min readJan 21, 2024

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Photo of my deck after the snowstorm

I’ve been struggling to get anything out these days! I’ve been struggling to do anything considered even remotely productive. I started an essay that was like my “year in review,” and in typical me fashion, I abandoned it to start fresh. (And then started about three more different pieces! Ha!) I had typed in some reminders for things that happened throughout the year — things like: I started wearing a bra again, submitted a manuscript, published a book, Nerdspeak (my favorite brewery) closed, Pinot, my little rat terrier, had her last and final litter of puppies, and Sinead passed… and I wrote a few paragraphs about Nerdspeak closing. My heart hurts. Nerdspeak was a large part of my year last year. I was super hyperfocused on breweries and the brewery industry here. Obviously, because I published/co-wrote a book on the brewing industry in the Quad Cities. They are all near and dear to my heart.

Last year around this time (or shortly before), I was last minute writing most of my sections for the Quad Cities Beer book! Our deadline was January 15th. We got it submitted on the 15th! I finished writing my sections on the 7th, and had the whole book edited, aside from my co-writer’s last section, by the 12th.

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Kristin DeMarr

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