After reading Deborah Drucker’s recent post: “Appointment to Write,” she and I exchanged a few comments. I mentioned: “I am plodding along the same path/rut I’ve been in.”
It probably wasn’t the best choice of words, but Deborah’s response got me thinking about schedules and habits and ruts and where they all intersect. I’m not sure these thoughts will be of interest to anyone other than me, and I don’t think I figured it all out, but since we’re still at that reflective time of the year, I’m going to go with it.
The “schedule” I have is a product of what I want to achieve by writing (I want to entertain, and I want to improve) and the way my weeks are filled. I have a day job, other hobbies, a family and a demanding dog. Fortunately, most of these things result in stories I can tell.
I don’t share work stories here very often. I used to do that on a blog that has gone fallow. A domain name I will soon abandon, because I will eventually retire from that day job.
Believe it or not, one of my goals is to make these stories shorter. Stop laughing. There are signs of progress. When I rewrote the post about my grandmother, I removed about 150 words. Then again, my One-Liner Wednesday posts continue to be far more than one line.
Someone once commented on Linda’s site: “why call it one-liner Wednesday when most of the posts are much longer than one line?” Everyone’s a critic. Unless Linda throws me out or starts taking back the bonus points she’s handed out over time, I’m not going to worry about being overly verbose. “Making a short story long” is my special talent.
The pattern I have drifted into consists of random, sometimes more serious topics on Mondays. One-Liner Wednesday and Thursday Doors on their respective days. I like #1LinerWeds because it lets me share a single thought/statement/comment without having to have much of a story. I like Thursday Doors because I like doors, architecture and history. I also like to walk around and explore when I travel. I’m mostly traveling for business, so walking around is short for “walking around a hotel” but every building has at least one door.
I skipped Saturday because Saturdays remain a work in progress. I enjoy the “If We Were Having a Beer” series, but I also enjoy Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I’ve been trying to merge them, but it doesn’t always work. Either I can’t find the common ground, or I can’t avoid editing because it has become unclear who is talking. Still, a year ago, I wouldn’t have even made the attempt. I’ll call that progress, and as long as I think I’m making progress, I won’t use the ‘R’ word.
Speaking of ruts and patterns, our two-week deep freeze is forecast to come to an end today. We might see temperatures above 32°f (0°c) and by the end of the week, we might flirt with 50°f (10°c). Today’s gallery includes a few more pictures of the aftermath of our officially unnamed storm.