In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 5

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Sunset over North Hero, Vermont, February 20, 2022. By Howard Fielding. Offered under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

As Garrison Keillor used to say, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone.” Most of this week’s posts were prewritten — 44 years ago, in my journals as a fledgling freelancer. More are these are coming as I rediscover the successes and failures of an early career.

I first went down the journaling path in search of what I did with the first version of the “Margery” play. So far, I’ve seen references to many other works-in-progress or works-in-imagination, but not that one. Skipping ahead (I’m allowed to, it’s my story after all), I don’t think the play comes up until the following year. But there are are plenty of life lessons in between.

The most successful posts this week were the new “Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!” and the original “The Birth of Bubble Wrap.” The latter is still the most-read piece on the blog, which tells me there’s a real interest in the subject.

On the other hand, very few people seem interested in what the groundhog(s) had to say, or why they’re always right, one way or another. I rewrote the headline. Let’s see if “Amazing! The Groundhog never loses!” catches anyone’s attention.

As in previous weeks, January and February are times when real-life non-writing duties take precedence, although I’ve still been able to fit in bits and pieces here and there. I’m still working on the revised website for the nonprofit. The biggest problem there is that although there’s and abundance of art, it is badly identified and has virtually no captions. It’s hard to tell a story when you don’t know the players, the setting, or the plot.

Next week: Our church has qualified for its Guidestar profile, too, so I’ll make that happen. A couple of journal blog posts are already scheduled, and I’ll see if anything new pops into my head.

See you next time!

In case you missed it

  • Long wait for a short story, 1979

    Long wait for a short story, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the things I’m learning from re-reading my journal entries from my first year as a freelancer is the value of a deadline. Any kind of deadline.

  • Be seeing you, 1979

    Be seeing you, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes A secret agent resigns from his service and awakens in The Village, a futuristic prison on a remote island. Everyone has a number instead of a name. Oh, yes, there’s also this strange salute: “Be seeing you.”

  • In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 11

    In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 11

    Reading Time: < 1 minutes Although this series may appear as yet another rabbit hole I’ve fallen down in my quest to finish a project — any project — it has several benefits.

  • Procrastination, pro-cras-tin-a-a-tion, 1979

    Procrastination, pro-cras-tin-a-a-tion, 1979

    Reading Time: < 1 minutes I still sing the song today: Procrastination, Pro-cras-tin-a-tion! It’s making me late. It’s making me la-a-a-ter…

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