#TuesdayThoughts: They said snow

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But don’t think it’s going to snow. Maybe later, I guess. It’s gray right now, an innocuous kind of gray, not that gray that tells you it means business.

Yesterday I tried to start off with enthusiasm, but the day kind of got away from me, as Mondays are wont to do.

Wont.

It’s funny, does anyone ever use that word in any other way? It just sits around the dictionary, knowing people aren’t wont to use it.

Yes, I have a sly smile on my face right now. It takes very little to amuse me

Writing was medium yesterday, not the outlet but the amount, and I need to make better progress today. Also there’s a little thing called editing I haven’t done in ages. I should probably do some of that.

I kind of wish it would snow, I like inclement weather writing. That’s always so cozy.

Anyway, snow or no snow, I hope you enjoy your Tuesday.


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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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#MondayThoughts: Mondaying up our Monday

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We’re all tired. We’re all grumpy. And it’s Monday.

So here’s what I suggest. Let’s make it the Mondayist of Mondays, full of Mondayliciousness. Who’s with me?

Give me a half-shrug and an tepid “eh!”

There’s the spirit! So…how do we Monday it up? Start something. ANYTHING. Monday is the non-official beginning of the week, so make it the official beginning of something else. Whatever you want.

Thinking of starting an exercise program? Monday it up! Got a writing project rattling around your head? Get all Monday on its not-fleshed-out behind!

Pick one thing, large or small, and just start it. Give Monday a wave and let it energize you. Even if that thing you start today is something that will make the Mondays of the future more palatable.

Carve yourself out a little pocket of yes. And now that we’re pumped up, or at least marginally less deflated, have a great Monday.


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 quick and weird!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: The bad and the good

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So I was just browsing Twitter, as I tend to do, and saw the story of Quaden Bayles, an Australian boy bullied at school for his dwarfism. It hit me hard, the sadness of it, the cruelty of it, a boy tormented over something he cannot control.

These days are cruel, cruel days.

And then there were the outpourings, the GoFundMe from an American comedian, the rugby team inviting him to lead them out. And there’s the good.

Of course it would be so much better if we didn’t need the good because the completely avoidable, preventable bad wasn’t there in the first place. But somehow, here in this point in history, depravity is having a moment.

Its origins can be traced back to two very, very specific points, or three, really, and the reality is that sometimes there are extraordinarily horrible, terrible people who bring out the absolute worst in others, all the way down to children thinking it’s fine to torture a classmate about his dwarfism until he wants to kill himself at the age of 9.

Of course those top-down ringleaders will never take responsibility, will never even acknowledge their downward flow of verbal sewage. So it’s up to us to create the good, where we can, for the most vulnerable among us.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Skim

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Gray again, it seems to be the new normal. Maybe snow, maybe not, but yesterday it was like a snow globe, at least for a while.

My neck and shoulder still hurt, which is clearly annoying, given they are both very useful for typing. Alas.

And as soon as I mentioned the gray, a circle of blue appeared in the sky, the sun bright off the clouds. I guess the weather is contrary, like, it seems, a whole lot of people today.

(Uh oh. I just dropped a pin. Good luck to my feet. Not sure how it vanished so quickly.)

I’m having one of those running in quicksand weeks, as fast as I go, the slower I feel. Maybe it’s all the information coming at us at once; maybe it’s the weather; maybe it’s me.

Maybe I need to learn how to skim across the top. That would be handy.

I’m going to to work on that, and you have a terrific Tuesday.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Rose-colored past

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I started watching 1900 Island, streaming on Acorn, which is a show in the same vein as Manor House or 1900 House or Colonial House. Essentially it’s a very long cosplay where people of the 20th century live as they would in one of the above.

This is one is gorgeous, taking place on a now-uninhabited island off of Wales, with sweeping, windy views of the sea. But the thing that always gets me is how unprepared the people who sign up to do it always are.

They perpetually seem surprised by the food or the lack thereof, by the close quarters, by the clothes. By the chamber pots and toting water. Here the living comes from the sea; there has never been a time in history that that’s an easy way to exist.

It makes me wonder why they signed up in the first place, what they thought they would be heading toward. People have this idealistic view of the past, but the reality is life was hard in so many ways we don’t even think about now.

Usually the retort is that it was simpler, but was it? What’s simpler than a washing machine versus an entire day wringing laundry? What’s simpler than running water? Indoor plumbing?

A chamberpot-less existence?

I think by “simpler” people tend to mean less diverse. I think by “simpler” people tend to mean more closed. And I think by “simpler” people mean they think people didn’t have to think.

But if you weren’t resourceful, it wasn’t going to go well for you.

The past isn’t some shining place where all was well before modernity ruined it. Modernity serves up solutions for the problems of the past. Not always perfectly, of course, but I will never regret flush toilets.

Be grateful for yours on this Wednesday, and have a fantastic one. Day or flush toilet, that’s up to you.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Rabbit hole thoughts

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There might sorta kinda be some sunshine lurking, but all it’s doing right now is making the clouds glarey bright. I’m ever-so-slightly less sluggish than yesterday, but that’s not saying much.

Not saying much at all.

Yesterday was packed with errands, some not really for me, and today I ponder the undone like a detached stranger. Someone should do it, but it certainly doesn’t feel like that someone should be me.

If only.

Still waiting on that robot butler, books and movies about same be darned.

At least my brain is curious today, “darned” led me to socks which led me to thinking about a pattern I saw yesterday for socks, which then led me to wondering how commercial socks are manufactured, and I promise you as soon as we’re done here I’ll be looking for videos.

So the 21st century isn’t all duds.

I will venture off, hoping for the productivity well to kick into full production, and I wish you the very best of Tuesdays.

UPDATE: Of course there’s a “How it’s Made” about socks, if you’re interested.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Ten Word Photo Prompt: Air

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Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com

It’s ten word photo prompt time! Using the photo above as a writing prompt, write a ten word story.

Exactly ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Jody willed those flying lessons to kick in. Now, please.