Re-Entry, Re-Newal

You probably thought I was still languishing on that sunny Floridian beach, didn’t you?

I’m not, more’s the pity.

No indeed, late Monday evening I took the silver bullet express straight back to the hell that is Michigan in mid-winter.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I was greeted with skies the color of a battleship, and just about as menacing.  But they coordinated perfectly with the two inch layer of ice carpeting the driveway, not to mention the three week old slushy snow that’s still piled in mounds along the roadsides.


“How can you stand to come back here after being in Florida?” my boss asked me yesterday morning.

“It’s not easy,” I replied. “It always takes me a few days to accept the reality of my situation and come to terms with it.”

I must admit that this particular re-entry has been harder than normal, and I’m sure I haven’t been the most pleasant of people to be around for the past couple of days.  Even the dogs seem to sense it, looking at me warily from a distance as if they’re unsure whether it’s safe to approach.  I’ve actually written three blog posts since I got home and deleted every one of them as simply too depressing to post for public consumption.

So I’m trying to get myself into a more positive frame of mind before the ball drops on 2011.

One of the things I hope to do in 2011 is write more ~I say that every year, but this year I have a couple of writing projects in mind that might provide the impetus I need.  Also, several of my blogging friends (including my son!) have announced their intentions to do more writing…maybe we can all keep each other honest.

And in that vein – WordPress just announced a new initiative called The Daily Post, a blog on which they will post something everyday in an effort to inspire other bloggers to do the same.  Check it out – I’m planning on signing up.  Nothing like a new project to give me something to look forward to.

It’s not quite a walk on the beach, but it’ll do for now.

How about you?  What creative goals do you have for 2011?


2 thoughts on “Re-Entry, Re-Newal

  1. Well, my first creative goal is to figure out what’s eating up the innards of my computer and deal with that. My audio’s gone, Firefox won’t fire up, every time I right-click something I get an engraved invitation to use the spare backup (which isn’t actually working) and I keep getting a stupid windows notice that says, “Do you really think you’re in charge here?”

    I’ve frozen and pulled the plug out of the wall so many times it’s pathetic. I actually glared at the machine last night and said, “If you don’t straighten up, I’m sending you to bed with no electricity”. That’s either creative or crazy.

    But – for a serious answer. Like Didion, I’m slouching – not toward Bethlehem but toward (1) a post every six days, without fail (although I’ll surely fail) (2) two travel series based in my time in Louisiana, and (3) three stories that have titles already but not much more than vague ideas. They’ve been in my files for a year, and I haven’t turned them into posts because I recognize they could be more. We’ll see. One is for children, one is humorous and one could be an actual short story. This amazes me – particularly the children’s story.

    I’m also thinking of submitting some work for publication. Maybe one piece every three months. After all – what kind of a writer doesn’t have a pile of rejection slips? LOL

    That’s a full year. If I do all that I won’t be doing much else – apart from work and caring for mom – but I’m not sure I’d mind.

  2. Becca,

    I lived in northern Vermont for 20 years so understand your wintery plight. I can remember going out in March with an axe to chop at the thick layers of ice on the driveway. I’m surprised that no one took me away to the crazy house. I think it was because everyone felt the same way!

    The light is returning and before you can say, “It’s sooo hot!,” spring will be gone and we’ll be on our way to another round of winter.

    New Years Blessings to you,


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