Boo! Welcome to the last week of October. Where has this wacky year gone to? You have two months left to do something you can list in your year-end review if you haven’t got something already- it ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Could you get the turkey baster and suck me up and try and reconstitute my melted parts please? Oh the heat! I’m not a snow and ice kind of person, but over 30°C is also not my comfort zone. Here in sunny Johannesburg South Africa these higher temperatures are getting to be more regular. I’m not going to open Pandora’s box of global warming, but all I’ll say is that it’s getting hot. I remember a December holiday to the Kruger National Park game reserve where it was 44°C on the day we arrived. I felt like my lungs had caught fire and were about to disintegrate when I got out of our airconditioned car. I honestly don’t know how people who live in those places survive. Wearing a mask in this makes me feel like I’m suffocating. I dream of the day when I can go shopping and people can tell that I’m smiling at them. I hope you’re all staying safe and keeping healthy.
- Whoop! Whoop! I got stuff done this week.
- I listened to a few writing related podcasts. I have begun to wonder if in trying to learn how to do everything perfectly we stop ourselves from getting anything done. Maybe we need to take a break from learning, take action and work with what comes out. We can always edit.
- Feeling so much lighter now that my desk has been decluttered. Hopefully it helps the brain clear the haze.
I don’t want to fill the plate too much as kids are writing exams and busy trying to get work finished and I need to help every so often. I don’t want to feel like I failed because I didn’t get it all done, but I do want to cheer at ticking something off.
- Get back to the books I’m reading – on writing and for fun.
- Write my short story to enter into Commonwealth Short Story Competition – due 1 November – cutting it close, but I work well under pressure. I do feel guilty that I don’t give these things more time.
- Continue cleaning up the spaces around me.
The scariest thing to haunt you is regret. Slay those demons and do it – whatever you need to be happy.
Have a spookily amazing week and scare yourself with how big your dreams can be.