I've been marching the line of days, left, right, left, right, with garrisoned military tedium - write, clean, shop, eat, and the rest, repeat. Saw the play 'into the woods' and a few local concerts along with a couple movies a the theater. I'm still growing into my work change of working three days a week, something now complicated with a new very hands on second level manager. Work little entices me. What I'd always found to be true, that work is a boring and tedious fruitless time chewer, is being validated three days a week. I sink below that weight, sigh and count the days until I leave, regretting that I signed a contract to stay on.
Internet browsing has offered some diversions. Sometimes I dip into news stories but they so often lower my hope. Cops tasered a 62 year old woman for walking away from him after he accosted a group of people walking in the street...which they were doing...because the streets don't have sidewalks...and charged her with obstruction. Ferguson simmers, as does Syria-Palestine-Israel-Iraq-Iran-Afghanistan-the Ukraine and people in America are now pumped about the ebola virus now that some...well, one...case has been found in America. It's in Texas, which often seems like another country, so that relieves a few people. Billionaires have become wealthier and the number of billionaires in China are now over 350.
Pumpkin Spice flavors are big. It's the season. Halloween! Thanksgiving! Pumpkin Spice! Put it in and on everything, like dog treats, Tampons, condoms, and in bagels. I've not checked but I'm open to wagering that pumpkin spice flavored edible undies are out there somewhere. Science...amazing stuff.
Science is making headways on several beaches. India has MOM out there checking out Mars. The Navy is testing unmanned drone ships. A new material is said to enable humans to breath underwater and science thinks they're coming up with the means for telepathy. 3D printing continues exciting everyone about what can be printed and used.
Flip science over and the dirty obverse is that climate change is growing faster than predictions, GMO is considered a savior for some and the devil for others, and humanity has wiped out about fifty percent of the animal population in the past 40 years. We've been busy.
Wife and her health, cats and writing occupy me most. Wife's health is imitating an active yo yo. Tucker has frustrated us by chasing other cats and peeing in inappropriate locations, like a new bed cover. Brand new out of the box, literally purchased less than an hour before, and he jumps up and pees on it. I think he's trying to tell me something. My wife's brother-in-law has brain cancer. He survived hep C, then lymphoma. That went into remission but re-emerged to take a kidney last fall. Now cancer is eating his brain. Doesn't look good.
Writing remains steadfast. I write every day, escape, pleasure and task. Where once upon a time I thought myself close to the end, the plot and resolution was found to require rewriting so I'm pursuing it. It's sometimes difficult thinking like one of the main characters as I'm pretty intuitive and he wants every dot connected to the next one in an orderly string. His thinking forces me to sit and think like him so the writing has slowed to about 1200 words per day. I've also edited some items out, slicing away side paths and unneeded paragraphs. It remains, though, I am not a simple writer and my stories are complex.
Read, of course, but it was all fluff. If I listen when I read, I can often hear the writer muttering to themselves about what they're doing and how and why. in all but the very best books. It's useful to hear those voices. Keeps me grounded and balanced, at least in the writing way.
Time to write like crazy, one more time.