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Thursday, August 30, 2007

nudge-nudge . . .

I've been feeling The Nudge a lot lately. The Nudge to get back to blogging, that is. At first, I tried to ignore The Nudge. When that didn't work, I tried reasoning with it.

"Nudge," I said, "I'm trying to SIMPLIFY life, not add more stuff to my to-do list."

Then, to be absolutely sure my point was crystal clear, I hauled said to-do list out of the drawer and let it unroll. It unrolled across the livingroom floor. It kept right on unrolling out the balcony door. And over the rail. And across the park. On and on and on it unrolled, toward the distant horizon, revealing one to-do after another until any sane person (or even a demented Nudge) would have to admit the truth: there is no time left for blogging!

Funny thing about time, though. Sometimes, even when you think you have none to spare, you find a way to squeeze more stuff — especially fun-type stuff — into each day's waking hours.

I was pondering the odd and occasionally flexible nature of time when The Nudge snuck up on me again. It caught me all unawares-like and made me volunteer to start a brand new blog for my author clients over at

"Nudge," I said, "Wipe that smug grin off your face. You have not won. I haven't given up on the whole SIMPLIFY thing. But this is different. This is work."

Well, the new blog has been up and running for a whole week now and I'm not kidding myself any longer. It's not work. It's fun! And blogging there has made me realize how much I miss writing here at stillpoint.

So... time to chase the dust bunnies out of the corners, sweep down the cobwebs, and start posting again. Right now, I'm working on 101 Things About Mom (a companion piece for this). Mom passed away last month, exactly three weeks after her eighty-fifth birthday, so the writing of it is an emotional journey for me. I don't want to rush. Meanwhile, Sam the Cat is demanding some quality face time. (Guess he's tired of showing off his tail.) We'll try to get organized with a new portrait (and a new tale) for next week's Friday Ark.

You'll have to excuse me now, though. I have a gi-normous to-do list in need of re-rolling.

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