Come With Me If You Want To Live

Sure, I’d like to be writing something else right now.  Maybe thinking through the deeper implications of literary non-fiction, or even free-versing some poetry, but no.  I’m un-showered (a water main shut-off in the neighborhood), and under the general malaise of the first 24 hours after my post-booster omicron variant shot, while writing this, and watching the “cuss-words removed for TV” version of the 1984 film classic, The Terminator

And also, drinking cream soda.  Mmmmm… cream soda.  If cream soda is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Not too much else to say about my lack of production today, except that, if the water gets turned back on before the movie ends, or before this post gets written, I’m ducking out on both, just as quick as I can.  It’s not that I have…

…checks faucets…

*STOP! Shower Time!*

…and, I’m back!

As I was saying, at least for today, while I would rather be writing something memorable, or even monumental, all I’m doing is knocking out 500-or-so words, right off the top of my head.  Nothing deep, nothing to put in a book, and absolutely nothing to be so proud of, as to leave up on this blog, except in a mostly-invisible folder you can click on in the future if you’re so inclined.  Rather, what this day, and pretty much EVERY day in November is for, comes down to the simple discipline of writing SOMEthing, even when I don’t feel inspired, let alone brilliant, let alone even when I don’t particularly give a shit. 

For me, the month of November is about that kind of discipline, and little else, and you visiting my blog just to see how things are going, is a lot like a friend swinging by the house when I haven’t had a shower or brushed my teeth, and have two loads of dirty laundry strewn across the living room, between the front door and the washer and dryer.  But if you’re cool like that, I’m cool like that.   I always like having you over, but let me just say as I let you in everyday, that the place is a mess, and if you trip over stuff, the personal injuries are all on you.

If you didn’t already know this, writing and I have had a funny relationship for as far back as I can remember.  While pausing over the keys, I just had a flashback of a one-act play I wrote when I was in the 6th grade which, for you keeping score at home, made me 11 years old at the time.  This spun my head further into that time, to a playground football memory, and then a thought about my 6th grade teacher, Mr. McKinney, who looked like Richard Roundtree in the movie Shaft, and right back to the surface again to pick back up at, “…funny relationship for as far back…” and here I am again, may the circle be unbroken

So yeah, as you can see, “funny relationship” may be an understatement, but that story may best explain why I’m using November as a discipline to grow some long-gone-soft writing muscles, and not as a showcase for my story-crafting talent.

And don’t let anyone tell you that accidental self-hypnosis isn’t a very real thing.

Time for me to do the laundry.

And of course, I have a question for you.  If you had to think of the one, REALLY real reason why you’re writing your way through this November, what would that reason be?  Those of you who are not writing, don’t worry, I’ll have a question for you before the month is over.

Talk to you tomorrow.



  1. Sarah Nicole says:

    Thank you for reminding me I have laundry in both the washer and the dryer. Eeek!

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  2. loristory says:

    It started out as a desire to exercise my writing muscles. Just today, I asked myself why I keep doing it, and it occurred to me that I’ve become addicted to the intermittent rewards (connections) which, in Psych 101, we learned are more powerful than consistent rewards. Yes, I’m a blogaholic.

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  3. I decided to do the blog a day thing because I’ve been in a little bit of a writing funk and I was hoping doing this would help me get back into the practice of writing on a (more or less) regular basis.

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  4. Kel says:

    I often think, hey I make myself come and write everyday for the month of November with a discipline but other months I am lucky to get one post out…why can’t I just do it every month. Then I remember I am not that interesting.

    Glad the water is back on.

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  5. Ooh, you had me at Reese! I loved Michael Biehn in this awesome, classic movie.

    I think this year I just really wanted to finish the challenge. I’ve attempted in year’s past and wasn’t always successful.

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  6. Twindaddy says:

    I have no reason, really. I just wanted to.

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  7. rarasaur says:

    Tradition. 🙂 I’ve been searching all year for one strong enough to pull me back to myself. ✨

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  8. dinah says:

    I have a book that wants to be born. So I need to exercise my writing brain more often than my current almost never!

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