Stayed at home and helped Char pack and did house and baby-stuff. Char is going south to her family, with Jay and a lot of stuff has to be ready for that sojourn. I also tried to cram in a little bit of business, but it kind of fizzled, so I let go of that … mostly.… Read more
I didn’t do a month of blogging about my subject for my next live-talk about fascinating historical persons – namely ‘the real Robinson Crusoe’ a.k.a. Scottish 18th century sailor, Alex Selkirk.
And now I’m not going to do it. And least not in a streak.
Too many disruptions recently has made me rethink this one, but I am going to use one of the major disruptions positively, namely the loss of Big Photographer Client, for whom I work two days a week plus all the loose change.… Read more
I’m dead tired this day and I know it because this blog about the day is written … later. On Tuesday to be exact. When I had rested more.
Time to catch up and clean up.
But a point that I’m aware of here is that I’ll also have to clean up my way of thinking about goals, so they don’t revert to the old.… Read more
It was a beautiful and chaotic day for Jay’s baptism. I had not slept and felt ill but was probably stressed due to all the work, both with Jay and with, well, work. So I told people and they helped me and Char again, clean up after the party and was generally understanding and loving.… Read more
This is written Tuesday 15 August, because the impending storm due to all our commitments have blown and one of the things that got blown away was The Blog.
How odd it must be for Alex Selkirk after he got used to his condition and apparently felt peace. All he had to worry about was when the ship that would save him came, if ever.… Read more
Got another (big) gig today and washed a lot of clothes and diapers, but that’s not what was foremost on my mind. Or rather it was not that which was most important in my mind.
You see, one question I have to answer in my talk is whether or not, or how much, Defoe’s book was inspired by Alexander Selkirk.… Read more
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The Necessities of Hunger and Thirst, were his greatest Diversions from the Reflection on his lonely Condition. When those Appetites were satisfied, the Desire of Society was as strong a Call upon him, and he appeared to himself least necessitious when he wanted every thing; for the Supports of his Body were easily attained, but the eager Longings for seeing again the Face of Man during the Interval of craving bodily Appetites, were hardly supportable.
Char was ill from some breast-infection-like state but became better. I felt strung out even so and a bit on the verge of stress.
For I was trying to prepare for next week in my mind – work and baptism – while taking care of both her and Jay and all practical house-stuff.… Read more
Today Jay was feeling bad and cried a lot, and we were both tired and didn’t get much done aside from necessities. Still, I can’t help thinking how privileged we are compared to Alex Selkirk and other people of the early 18th century – even if such a thought reeks of cliche.… Read more
A good day, work-wise, when I earned my first dollars since late June. But my head was not that much in it.
I wasn’t distracted by the pouring summer rain and thunder as much as all the things I wanted to do and had to do, aside from work. Jay’s baptism is one thing, but the ‘Real Robinson Crusoe’-talk is another.… Read more
After much dithering, I’ve made a decision. And it happened because I was rejected.
Well, kind of.
I had asked a freelance editor to take a look at my recent short novel. I figured I would pay her, then we could set a date and then I’d be motivated to finish the second draft.… Read more