#AtoZChallenge: Dally

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As you may or may not know, procrastination is a favorite topic of mine. Not for any personal reasons or personal experience, of course, but because it’s something that’s generally interesting that has absolutely nothing to do with me at all.

In case you’re wondering.

But if you, like some other people who aren’t me, are prone to procrastination, I’ve decided a nicer way to describe it is dallying. Not only is it a much more pleasant word with its curves and satisfying resolve, it feels a little more accurate.

If I knew what procrastination was like, that is. Which obviously I don’t.

And here’s the other thing about dallying: it gives you space for thought, for ideas. Air for the seedlings of speculation and the light to let them grow.

Faster isn’t always better, and that is something I do have to remind myself.

Give yourself a moment to dally. Or several moments. You never know what you’ll sprout.

(And in a delicious twist of irony, this, my dallying post, is the one posted the earliest so far. Oh life.)

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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#AtoZChallenge: Cruising

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You know, it’s funny, “cruising” can have many meanings, including sailing along the ocean in an Edith Head dress on a ship filled with romance and intrigue in a black-and-white world. OK, that’s one very specific idea of cruising.

And not what I meant. So I digress.

No, I mean the kind of cruising where you’re going along well at a good pace. Here, today, for C, I feel like I’m cruising, especially with the blog visits. So to our fantastic hosts of the A to Z Challenge, I have to say I’m a fan of the daily list. I feel I’m visiting more blogs and spending less time trying to find people who didn’t just sign up and forget about it.

We’re all cruising.

Though apparently the list isn’t a hit with everyone. Still, I’m glad the spam is gone and I don’t have to click on any “blogs” that have miracles for sale for the low, low price of $19.99

So onward we cruise toward D, and with that, I say “C” you tomorrow.

Sorry.

Well, not that sorry. Apparently my puns also reside in that other half of the caff, because I went full octane today. May the universe have mercy on us all.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.

 

Back to basics

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So often we get caught up in the further ends of things, the parts down the road, that we can forget if we don’t consider the basics, we’ll never even find the road. And it’s true for all aspects of life: for dealing with others; for our art, whatever form that might take; for this challenge.

Especially for this challenge.

Here we are, at the tippy top of of the alphabet, and it can feel as though Z is an impossible distance away. And you know what? Right now it is.

But.

Back to basics. Post the post, visit your visitors, visit the the master list or the daily post list, and the days and letters will stack neatly like…you know, stuff that stacks neatly.

Eh, I had half-caff this morning. Apparently my metaphors reside in the other half.

It’s the same with writing, for those of us who do, and I imagine for you magicians who can make landscapes or people out of paint, or take a bit of fabric and suddenly it’s curtains. There’s a first sentence, there’s a first brush-stroke, there’s a first stitch.

And the remembering of all the technique, all the building blocks that must come first. Ah yes. Building blocks. They stack neatly. In theory.

When overwhelmed, always, always go back to basics. The road can wait.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.