Friday, February 3, 2012
The Hounds of Winter
I'd say it is me, but I'm noticing that more than one of us is struggling for posts these days. Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's the time of year. Maybe we all just get writer's block at the same time. Either way, I'd swear about half the of the blogs I read and enjoy are closed or are closing up shop. What gives?
As I head into my fourth year of The Duck and Wheel, I begin to wonder if I have run the course. Do I have any more stories or is this just a dry spell? Do I really need to go back and join the pool for stories? Are the adventures of my Orange Stripey cat all that exciting? Do people really care about my toe? Do I mail order tadpoles this summer or do we just quit raising frogs? I dunno. These are big questions for a gloomy winter day.
And while I ponder these and other big questions, like "Do I really have too much acid in my stomach or is it a matter of too little stomach acid?", I begin to realize that winter doldrums have set in--and we still have March to get through.
I was flipping through old blog posts the other day and I found one from last year that just seemed fitting--it was called "February is Stupid". And yes, I believe it is. Nothing is going on. There is no nice weather or things blooming in the yard. The cats and I are hunkered down, still hibernating and not doing much of anything. Work is work....and boring. We see friends and do fun stuff--but who wants to see the report of that on the Duck and Wheel? It's just sort of a "blah" month--you know, it's kinda "stupid" according to that wise person on the radio whom I quote.
And as I ponder everything from "Is that frog really dead?" to "How am I gonna survive without updates on Brownie the Wonder Dog and Spike the Hotness Monster?", I take a deep breath and know that I DO have more stories. I'm just in that time of year when nothing is going on--well, nothing to write about anyway. I just have to get out there and find the stories in my every day life.
In the meantime, stay tuned for that appliance post....