Spring happens

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It was definitely pretty springy yesterday, with temperatures in the mid-fifties and a very clear, very blue sky. Last fall’s leaves emerged from the snow, crunched and withered where they fell, and the birds sang from all directions.

Beautiful.

Spring is inevitable, no matter how unlikely it might seem. No matter the gloom, spring is inevitable.

Sometimes it might take a while.

I’m not exactly what you’d call an optimist. I like to think of myself as pragmatic; some might see my pragmatism as pessimism.

So be it.

But there’s something about finding a tiny clump of what I assume are crocuses, bravely ready to be the first, even if no other flowers, not even daffodils, are considering poking up their tentative little heads. There’s something about the rhythm of nature, of its impermanence, that reminds you that things are temporary.

One tiny clump of crocuses is all you need.

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 Her Cousin Much Removed

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Technological injustice exists. Just ask Puerto Rico.

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By U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos Spc. Hamiel Irizarry/Puerto Rico National Guard (170921-A-JG703-080) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I was without internet or TV for a while the other day. Less than two hours until it was fixed, but when it went out, I couldn’t help imagining the time stretching out, no television shows, no streaming, no blogging, no twitter.

No twitter.

Of course I still had my phone and the data that provides, but there’s nothing like pure, unfettered WiFi. It just wasn’t enough.

Which of course made me think of Puerto Rico and how long our FELLOW AMERICANS there have been without power. Nearly six months. The Army Corps of Engineers claims it’s 90% restored as of about a week ago, but that’s the only recent report I could find.

Six months.

I was unsettled after thirty minutes.

It struck me how technology is integrated into our very existence now, how it is our doorway to connection, how it is our window to the world far beyond. I felt a sense of panic at the idea that I might miss something.

What, exactly, I don’t know.

It was as though I couldn’t envision a world where everything wasn’t available, everything wasn’t instantaneous. Another flag of privilege, I know, because though the world itself is evolving as it steeps in technology, not everyone has access.

Technology, in this odd era in which we find ourselves, is the great equalizer. It’s the great organizer. And denial of access to technology, whether through financial means or with something like the government’s response to Puerto Rico is, in this modern age, every bit as much a form of oppression as barring children from the schoolhouse.

There is social injustice, there is financial injustice, but we also need to keep our eye on technological injustice. Its consequences will be very stark in this AI-armed world.

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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.

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

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Monday and hold habits

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By Soumyajit Nandy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

No sunny skies this morning, just gray and maybe rain. I should check on that.

Hmm. I checked and we’re still at maybe rain. It didn’t specifically say rain, but it looks that way. In case there was any question, it’s definitely a Monday. Hello, Monday.

But I’ve got my coffee, I’ve had my breakfast (good, by the way. Who doesn’t love breakfast?) and my mind is chugging its way up to full throttle.

The week has begun.

This week I’m going to try to break routine a little bit. To some degree, I have to, I have administrative tasks I have to complete, so that already changes things up. As for the rest, well, why not? It’s a new week, and as a new week a great time to kick an old habit.

(I typed “hold habit, which, when you think about it, is much more accurate. Nothing can hold you in place like a habit. And it sure sounds like Aunty Ida is getting impatient with me as she’s trying to escape the confines of her current manuscript. Whew, that was a long aside.)

Want to give it a shot too? Why not? So long, hold habits!

See? I told you it worked.

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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.

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

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Mold

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Apparently it’s a find-mold-on-the-last-corner-of-my-toast kinda day. True story. Just one ugly, insidious dot of mold. I didn’t see more on the rest of the loaf, but is it ever just one spot of mold?

That’s right, hypothetical reader. Never.

I’m working hard at not making it a broader metaphor, as it seems to have the metaphor right there, right on the surface, just like the mold, but not everything has to be a metaphor.

Right, hypothetical reader? Hypothetical reader??

And something just auto-renewed that I didn’t want. That’s mold number two for the day. Great.

Metaphor it is.

So I’m going to go try to undo that, and to hope for an unmoldy weekend ahead. There’s always the opportunity for a new loaf, right? A fresh new loaf of un-auto-renewed service?

Mm.

That’s what I thought.

Oh well, you can’t unmold them all.

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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.

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

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Day confusion

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By Pranali009 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve been a day behind all week. Tuesday felt like Monday and now I’m certain it’s Wednesday even though it isn’t.

Oh well, time is subjective.

For a while now, I haven’t managed to fight the feeling that time is getting a little unstable, but that probably goes along with the world turning into to a surrealist painting, melting clocks and all. But hopefully not melting clocks, because that would be bad.

Takes a lot to get a clock to melt.

Not my first foray into the capricious nature of time (there’s a book in the links below that deals with just that) but we’re so bound by it, it’s difficult not to keep circling back.

Speaking of circling…

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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.

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

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The Work of Writing Nine: Who if?

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Sometimes I watch airplanes, so tiny far up in the sky, and think about all the people sitting there, some sleeping, some reading, some looking out a window, perhaps in my direction. All those people, coming and going, right now slowly descending toward an O’Hare gate, checking the time, preparing for what Chicago holds.

Or the ones heading out, heading somewhere else, somewhere that’s not here, almost any point on the globe. A mystery without a solution.

It’s these little wonderings that often evolve, grow into your genre, and plant the seeds not only for plot but for characters. Don’t only wonder “what if.”

Wonder “who if.”

Who would be on that plane if it’s going to Buffalo, New York? Who would be on that plane if it’s going to London? To Istanbul? To Seattle?

To the launch terminal city for a cruise through the Panama Canal?

To the launch terminal city for a cruise through the outer Milky Way?

What ifs are the planting flats of writers. But who ifs are the glass walls of the conservatory. You need them both to make your ideas flourish.

Check out my recaps of the hit new show “All My Traitors.” Recap of episode 2, “Lock Him Up” is available now!

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.

All at the same time

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By Kjordand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Another rainy day, though I guess that’s what March is for. Isn’t it tough to believe it’s March already?

Time is so strange, it morphs and alters its nature depending on what’s happening. Waiting for something? It stretches itself out, as long and as thin as possible, so you can’t see from one side to the other.

Enjoying something? Time squishes in on itself, taking up the least space possible, and blip, it’s over before you know it.

And then there are those patches when it gets really, really strange. Where it seems to go by in a rush, and yet every single moment is etched in slow, slow detail.

I have my suspicions about an extra-worldly being with a universal remote (universal remote!) and a quick finger with the fast-forward, rewind and pause, but I’m still working on that theory.

We cannot see it, we cannot control or contain it, and yet it rules our lives. Too much and not enough, all at the same time.

Check out my recaps of the hit new show “All My Traitors.” Recap of episode 2, “Lock Him Up” is available now!

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.