Monday, May 23, 2011

We're Still Here

Post by Jenny

Clearly, I’m not paying close enough attention, because I didn’t know until Friday that the world was possibly going to end the very next day. How would I have possibly explained being caught so unawares? Dentist appointment? Email glitch? But the world did not end on Saturday, and here are ten reasons I’m glad it didn’t:

1. My library books aren’t due for two more weeks.

2. The World Wildlife Fund still owes me the endangered species tote bags I ordered.

3. The Cubs and Red Sox were in the middle of their first series in 93 years. (I know the Sox were allegedly cursed—and the Cubs apparently still are—but I’m guessing that not even the ghosts of Babe Ruth and a vengeful goat can cause the end of days.)

4. I’m going to need at least another month to continue visiting A to Z blogs.

5. I couldn’t figure out what to wear. Clean underwear, yes, but should a person dress for comfort or style? Are slippers permissible?

6. I haven’t finished stealth-nibbling the remains of my boys’ chocolate Easter bunnies.

7. I don’t yet know which five foods are guaranteed to burn belly fat. (But the list no doubt excludes the aforementioned chocolate bunnies.)

8. I was pretty much caught up on my laundry, and, oh, how I would have wanted the satisfaction of leaving a pile of dirty clothes behind.

9. The upcoming 30Rock season finale.

10. Last but certainly not least, I have big plans to someday be a real, honest-to-goodness published writer. Yes, I freely admit to being occasionally inefficient, easily distracted, and procrastinatory. In addition, I'm prone to struggles with self-pity, self-aggrandizement, and self-serve frozen yogurt. But it’s going to take more than those things to stop me, because I fully believe in the power of persistence. And whenever I hear that the world is going to end, and it doesn’t, I feel as though I’ve been given a fresh start. So, bring it on, goat.

What are you glad to be working on today?


Cricket McRae said...

I got a little worried when no one I knew was raptured. Made me wonder if I was hanging out with the wrong crowd entirely. But if the world had ended at least my looming deadline would have gone away.

Linda L. Henk said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only wannabe writer out there who gets dissillusioned every once in awhile. You mentioned persistence and that's what I'm working on today...finding what I thought was a final draft (What was I thinking?) and revising one more time. Plus I'm weeding the flower beds in the front yard.

Dean K Miller said...

I was in the same boat as you, Jenny. I didn't realize that I had been caught uawares. Maybe that's why I'm still here. Missed the boat, missed the train, missed the rapture. Now what?

Lots of fresh ideas for new stories since all who knew of this have left the building. It's freedom unbinding, but yet, who's left to read these great works I'll produce? Yikes...I should've spent just a few more minutes on the internet Friday.

Is a second trip planned soon? I've got three WIP and a few bills to pay. I'd like to know which ones do to first.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I identified with #4 and the part about self-serve frozen yogurt in #10.

As for the world ending, I just figured "whatever" and went on about my business, putting off everything as usual.

Jenny said...

Cricket, All my friends are still around, as well. But I'll take 'em.

Linda, I could revise forever, rapture or no. Good luck.

Dean, I'm afraid you're going to have to keep paying your bills at least for now.

Pat, I've found that frozen yogurt and procrastination go quite well together :-)

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