Hold please…

It’s Monday, and by the time you read this, we’ll have had our first tech rehearsal for Doublewide, Texas.

If you’ve ever lived through a tech rehearsal for a show, you’ll understand what I’m about to say.

I’m writing this on Friday night.

I came home from work and de-caulked the bathtub. The caulk is going in tomorrow before I head to set construction and hopefully, if we can find a break in the rain, transport a couch we’re borrowing for the show.

What I know is this. I usually write my blog posts on Saturday morning, then head out to the yard.

But as I write this, it’s been raining forty days and nights. I have a full day planned for Saturday as well as Sunday.

So, all that to say that, it’s Monday, and this will likely be my last post for the week.

I’ll be back. But you know how often I talk about pacing myself.

What to write about is always a struggle. I mean, I have my offline writing projects that need my attention. But what to say here on a regular basis is a challenge.

I had a brief Facebook exchange on Friday with some of my friends from the Virginia Blogosphere. We were pretty active for a time and I joked about getting the band back together. We’re all writing still, but working in different arenas.

I considered writing about the current events of last week, but I knew that it would only piss some people off.

Granted, that used to be the reason I blogged.

But, think about the headlines from last week. Other than the Royal Wedding, all we heard about were the President’s comments in which he referred to members of of the MS-13 gangs as animals.

And, let’s be clear, that’s who he was speaking of, not all immigrants as we were led to believe by the people who are supposed to report the news, not create it.

We can have a debate about whether or not it’s appropriate to call a group whose motto is “Rape, Control, Kill” animals. But spare me the lectures from the folks who routinely referred to George W. Bush as “Chimpy McBush” or to Donald Trump as the “Orange Turd.”

And, as the Santa Fe shooting reminds us, the same group of people who are now defending the MS-13 gangs routinely refer to members of the NRA as terrorists.

I’ll pause whilst you let that sink in.

I’m not saying the members of the right are any better with the rhetoric.

I’m also not saying that my opinions here on this blog will change anyone’s mind, or slow down the hysteria.

I’m just asking you to think before you react.

You’ll have more time to do that because I won’t be here for a few days.

Granted, I hate to disappoint my adoring public, but I need to take the week off.

I may be back next week. Or I may be back after the show opens on June 1.

I’ll at least stop by next Monday to give you that update.

Thanks for hanging with the blog.

Another webinar that I sat through wants to teach me how to max six figures on the blog…if I do the work…and if I pay him $1,000.

So, trust me when I say that I am genuinely appreciative of those of you who stop by here on a regular basis.

I can’t do it all. And, sometimes that makes me angry.

But, at least I’ll have source material.

Have a good week.

Remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.

And come see my show.

I’ll be back soon.

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The Writer Struggles

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man

American playwright and composer, Meredith Willson, was born on this day in 1902 (died 1984).

Welcome Friday. Blessed are thou among weekdays.

Today is not Short Story Friday. One day will be. But it is not this day.

I’m not going to count the tomorrows until we get there. I’m too busy with today.

Sunday we go into tech rehearsals for Doublewide, Texas, opening in TWO WEEKS.

So, I don’t have a lot of time to count tomorrows.

I have, however, spent some time thinking about this whole writing thing. Right now it seems to be overshadowed by the theater thing.

So, I don’t have time to take all of the courses that are supposed to lead me to more blog traffic or more paying jobs.

I don’t have time to follow all of the experts.

I can’t take all the free courses that lead to massive blogging income or incredible overnight sales.

I can’t take the advice of all the experts.
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I’ve talked about this before.

You’re probably thinking “I don’t have time to read this crap again.”

In full disclosure, I did attend a webinar this week about how to make a substantial income blogging. There was some good information, but the presenter pretty much earns an income from blogging by selling his course about how to make money by blogging.

Fortunately, it only cost me an hour of my time and not the thousand dollar price tag.

I’m getting things done. But I’m not going to get everything done. And, I’m not going to get it all done quickly.

And that’s okay.

You may be feeling a little, or a lot, overwhelmed these days. Most of us are.

But we owe it to ourselves to stop and take a deep breath.

It’s okay that everything isn’t going to get done.

It really is.

What’s important is the journey, and the need to keep moving forward.

It’s Friday. The stuff on your desk will be there on Monday morning.

And, on Monday, you’ll have to set aside the things that didn’t get done on the weekend.

Call it the Circle of Life. Which would be great name for a song.

But, then there’s this:

 

Enjoy the weekend.

See you Monday.

In other news, American singer and television host, Perry Como, was born on this day in 1912 (died 2001).


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