This morning at 7 I thought I would have an early breakfast and then do something smart, beautiful, or fun. At first, I had the idea to work on my newest novel, which until about the end of January had been stalled for almost a year. I suddenly started working on it again then, and have worked on it every day or so ever since. So, what’s wrong with today? How is today different? Dunno. But I didn’t work on the novel.
Then, I thought that I would watch an opera on Met Opera on Demand on my computer. But I left it too long to start, and when I calculated how long I had to listen and watch before an important call comes in early tonight, I knew I would get interrupted if I started it, and so bailed on that opportunity as well.
Oh, well, there’s always that computer game I like to play, I thought. Maybe I should go through the dungeon and defeat a few more monsters and villains. But frankly, enthusiasm was lacking. I was bored with the easy battles and didn’t have the interest or energy for the hard ones. Besides, my characters needed to buy more equipment and change some things, and I was bored with them too.
That eliminated smart, beautiful, and fun. What was left? By the time I’d finished lunch, that left doing something by rote just to pass the time. So, I went for a walk. And suddenly, I knew what was wrong. It’s 56 F today, gorgeous sunny weather, and yet another big storm is expected to hit tomorrow (one hopes the last of the season, but then who can tell?). I had spring fever, as plain as the nose on anybody’s face. And I still have it.
So, I thought, what can I do until dinner time? Write a post. But I just started another book and haven’t had a chance to prepare anything literary yet, so what am I supposed to post about? What are other people doing? Are they enjoying the same break from the winter blahs while realizing that it’s short-lived and that snow or at least rain in buckets is back with us tomorrow and Thursday? And then, I just decided to write about that. Nothing, really. Just a post to say “hello readers, I hope you’re reading my site, and won’t mind too much if I cause you to waste a little time today on ‘nothing, really.'”
Or, you can talk to me. If you’re in a different part of the world, your weather may be different, and instead of trying to last out the tail-end of a miserable winter, you may be whinging and complaining about the last of a hot, arid summer. Or maybe you’ve already had the rain and snow that was predicted, and are just stepping back in from shovelling out or are wringing out your clothes and taking off soaked galoshes. Whatever your situation, feel free to drop a line if you want, just to communicate with the great outside world. That’s all I’m doing today, after all. And now it’s time for iced coffee, one of the first of the season (we live in hope); ta for now!