Yes, it has been a while since I last posted. I occasionally disappear, as regular readers will have observed, and express my creative energies elsewhere. Or maybe that’s just another way of saying, I’ve been distracted. Did you know that you can begin a sentence with “Or”? I was told this during a Plain Language Writing workshop this week. You can also begin sentences with “But” and “And” and “Because”. Interesting no?
I have been distracted/occupied/engaged elsewhere for the last few weeks. And (are you noting the use of “And” at the start of this sentence) lacking a desire to write, I am, instead, composing a list of where I’ve been.
WHERE MY ENERGY HAS BEEN DIRECTED
1. Supporting and encouraging a heartbroken 20-something,
2. Grieving an old friend in a battle he is losing,
3. Editing a friend's second novel; I do love the editing process,
4. Convincing J of the relevance of fractions, long-division, and conjugation of the imparfait tense,
5. Prevailing upon C2 to see a doctor; being validated when C2 was diagnosed with Shingles,
6. Re-applying for my Canadian passport. Examining my new passport photo and wondering why my cheeks seem to have moved south when compared with the photo from five years ago,
7. Working an extra day a week for the last two weeks at Child Wise,
8. Wondering why in spite of all of my exercise and healthy eating, I am looking less like Carmela and more like Janice,
9. Binge-watching Breaking Bad. First half of season five done and awaiting the last six episodes with much impatience,
10. Mourning the all-too-fast passing of time as I look sideways at J, when yesterday I looked down and knowing tomorrow I will look up,
11. My new iPhone, au revoir Blackberry.
WHERE MY ENERGY CLEARLY HAS NOT BEEN DIRECTED
2. At the tumbleweeds of Labrador hair rampaging through my house,
4. Resisting TimTams,
6. Demonstrating patience whilst convincing J of the relevance of fractions, long-division, and conjugation of the imparfait tense,
8. Ignoring the all-too-fast-passing of time as I look sideways at J, when yesterday I looked down and knowing tomorrow I will look up. Because (I started a sentence with“Because”!) it’s better than the alternative,
10. Any writing of my own,
12. My to-do-list,
I will aim to do better.