Hello and good morning. It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another of my weekly blog posts. It’s also Saint Patrick’s Day, which is probably celebrated in the US as energetically as anywhere in the world, including Ireland—though perhaps I’m wrong; I’ve never been to Ireland. I haven’t worn anything green today, except maybe a tag or label somewhere, but I doubt anyone is going to try to pinch me. Do people still do that on Saint Patrick’s Day? They used to do it when I was in school, but that was decades ago, and it’s not as though I keep in the loop of popular culture much.
I’m also not likely to have any corned beef and cabbage for dinner, regrettably.
I haven’t written much on Outlaw’s Mind this week—only a little over 2000 words, because I’ve really only done two days of writing. I did post the next section of the story earlier this week, here. I don’t know if perhaps I should start inserting those “read more” lines in such postings or not. The story sections make for long blog posts, and if one were trying to scroll down to the previous entry, it would be quite a scroll. Not quite a full Torah, maybe, but possibly a Dead Sea.
I’m slightly frustrated that the entries come up in reverse order when one clicks on the subject heading Outlaw’s Mind*, with the most recent one first. There may be a way via WordPress to adjust that, but if so, I’m not sure what it is, and I haven’t had the gumption to seek it out. Apologies. My motivation is not the highest it’s ever been, and I’ve never been great at such executive functions at the best of times, at least on my own behalf. I do better when I’m working for others, which is probably not unusual.
I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been so reticent about writing my story this week. A small part of it is that something very bad is about to happen that will throw Timothy’s life into a severe tailspin, right after things had just begun looking up from a threatening event that had appeared to resolve or begin to resolve well. I wonder if it’s typical for authors to feel guilty when they make heartrending things happen to their characters. It’s not like I won’t do it, since it’s part of the story. It just makes me feel bad. But I feel bad anyway most of the time, so at least I’m used to it.
That’s probably the biggest part of the decreased writing this week—my mental energy just hasn’t been good. Physically, I guess my energy has been tolerable. I’ve been walking a fair amount, and even jogged a tiny bit during my 4.5 mile walk on Tuesday, to try to get my feet prepared for a potential “epic” quest I’m tentatively planning to undertake, but even that notion isn’t as exciting as it was at first.
I get up in the morning, I do a tiny bit of exercise, I shower, I go to the office, I write a bit, then I putter around on the guitar a bit, then I do work stuff (reading a bit during breaks), then in the afternoon (for the past few weeks, anyway) I walk, and then I go home and watch some videos and go to sleep. Lather, rinse, repeat as needed. There’s eating in there, too, of course. Always eating. It’s my version of “stimming”, I suppose, though I do other forms of that, too, I guess.
I’m really tired. Not physically, unfortunately. I am able to walk pretty long distances without much difficulty other than some blistering that’s resolving steadily, and it’s not as if I’m able to sleep all that well, as I would expect would happen if I were merely physically tired. That’s one thing I’d like to be able to look forward to about an epic-level undertaking: being physically exhausted enough just to fall asleep and stay asleep. It would be so nice simply to sleep until I feel rested and to wake up refreshed, rather than waking up over-alert and tense, like a deep-cover spy embedded in a foreign world that, if not frankly hostile, is at least thoroughly alien. Or maybe I’m more like a hobbit stuck in Mordor trying to pass himself off as an orc, who’s not even sure that the Shire still exists, let alone that there are any allies anywhere. Mordor sucks, whether or not you’ve got anywhere else to go, and so does having to try to pass as an orc.
Anyway, enough melodrama for now. I hope you all have a lovely Saint Patrick’s Day, if you’re celebrating it, and that you have a nice meal and not too much beer, if beer is your thing. Spend time with people who love you, if you have them.
*There are two such entries, because I made an error on the first one. The second one should be the “correct” one to click on if you’re looking for subject headings. Eventually, I’ll get around to figuring out how to remove the first one. Or maybe I won’t ever get around to it. If I do, I will.