I'm retiring in less than a year. Once people hear you are retiring, they nearly always ask what you plan to do. (This gives me flashbacks to senior year in high school.) My pat answer is, "I want to learn to write fiction. No more citations! Well, maybe just funny footnotes..."
But I really do want to write Something Else. I have been publishing academic stuff for almost 40 years, but my mind is always telling stories, reciting poetry, and playing private movies. I am researching and starting to write my last professor book (details on my other blog), but have begun to move some of those ideas out of my head, in a tiny way. I downloaded an app called talehunt, for reading and writing flash fiction -- in this case, stories and poems 250 characters or less. Here's a sample: