#ROW80: First post of spring

I learned a few years ago that meteorologists consider March 1 to be the first day of spring. While the vernal equinox isn’t for another three weeks, spring has sprung. Ah, spring, when a not-so-young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of baseball. The Braves start in Milwaukee on March 31, while the White Sox start the same day against the Twins. Another sure sign of spring: the liturgical season of Lent, a 40-day period of penance and almsgiving leading up to Easter, begins Wednesday. I’m giving serious thought to giving up Facebook for Lent. And, frankly, I’m thinking of just giving it up altogether, because it’s a real time suck.

Anyway, on to the update.

  • Write 30 minutes a day: I believed that I had written myself into a corner with a story, so I had to take a step back and examine it. And I found the problem: I was writing it in first person, narrated by my protagonist. Blake is laconic, a man (okay, boy) of few words. Making him the protagonist meant he was doing a lot of talking. Duh. Anyway, I have changed point of view and things are sailing along. So I managed to do a couple of hours of writing this week, though not always a half hour a day.

  • Read 30 minutes a day: Got some reading done, though not 30 minutes a day. I estimate that I have a couple hundred books on my Kindle, some in various stages of completion, most of them unread as of yet. That will be my next decrapulation project, to figure out what’s in our Kindle archive, find the books that I started and never finished, and finish them. That’ll be a project for the next round, maybe Round 3.

  • Decrapulate office: The table is looking pretty good, because I’m making a point of throwing out or shredding any and all paper that tries to accumulate on it. This is the week I tackle the comfy chair. The project to sort all of the unfiled bookmarks in Springpad into notebooks is now complete, and I’ve started the second phase, going through the notebooks themselves, ensuring the bookmark is still active, filing it in the correct notebook, and adding tags to it. As I said last week, I found a few treasures among the unfiled; I expect to find a few among the filed ones, too.

A personal request: please keep the people of Ukraine and Venezuela in your thoughts and prayers. I’ve been following both on Twitter, and it doesn’t look particularly encouraging.

Until next week, straight ahead.

4 thoughts on “#ROW80: First post of spring

  1. Glad you were able to figure out what was stymieing the story.
    Decrapulate – love that word! I did a lot of that this weekend, but it was more housework stuff that I’d been ignoring. Keeping up with the little papers, bookmarks, and the like is a pain sometimes. I still wonder how in the world that stuff accumulates so fast!
    Yay for your baseball starting. I’m still digging myself out of the depression brought on by my team getting absolutely spanked in the Superbowl.


    1. I knew I had missed your comment! Sorry about that.

      I think little scraps of paper and the like multiply by mitosis: one turns into two, two into four, etc. My favorite is finding a reminder to do something, and forgetting what it was for. You know, you leave yourself a one-word note, say “papers,” then when you find it a week or so later, you wonder which papers they were and what you were supposed to do with them. It only gets worse as you get older, as I’m learning the hard way.

      I like baseball because the season is so long (162 games). A lot can happen between April and September. Football, I think a team plays a maximum of 20-25 games. A one-game losing streak in September can end your season in football

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. There is nothing the least bit like spring here in Ohio. I’ll be glad if there is come the equinox!

    Great job on the writing! Sometimes we have to walk away from it in order to figure out what the problem is. I find my programming work to be like that too. Good luck and keep up the good work, now that it’s moving along!


    1. Chicago was like that, and I see it’s still winter there. Here it was 70 degrees today, but we have a freeze watch for Tuesday morning. Weather… What can you do?

      Two weeks away from the story did the trick. I’m tempted to look at some older stories now. Thanks for stopping by!


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