Thursday, January 13
The Dangers of Quicksand
In the movie, The Replacements, the coach asks the players what they're afraid of. After a quick banter about spiders and bees on the field, Shane Falco, the QB says quicksand. As in you get stuck and everything you try just keeps dragging you under.
I think I identify with that because sometimes, life gets like that and when it does, it's easy to lose your writing focus.
The past week or so, I've had a lot external pressure going on.
Management shifts at work.
Post Office lost my certified letter from the IRS. REALLY??? Channeling SNL here. Really? You lost a certified letter? The one thing you're not supposed to lose? And you lost it? Really???
My dryer broke down so I'm washing clothes and driving across town to Mom's to dry them.
My daughter, Jordan, turns 21 in two days.
I can't drive my car on the freeway because a front tire might just fly off because my ball bearings are slipping. Although, on the bright side, my windshield wipers are fixed--a necessity in the PNW.
I'm heading to Medford, Oregon tomorrow for my cousin's post-wedding luau reception. Seven hours in an Outback with my mom and two sisters.
Yeah, I seriously need a foothold before I get sunk under. So, last night, I made a list. Once I made the list, I felt the quicksand easing down, only about thigh-high now. Putting all the must-dos on the list made me realize it's not as insurbmountable as I was feeling.
And now, as I begin my day, I'm starting with two hours of writing and working my way down the list.