Monday, November 2, 2020

Slipsliding Away

 (Here's an itinerary that grew old.)

Today’s entry echoes everyone else who has nothing to report during these indoor times. We have 30ish temps outside with raging winds, so my walk – and Mamie’s – will be postponed until things hopefully calm down.

          And as it is for everyone else, dates are becoming increasingly fungible. For no good reason, I spent much of Friday convinced it was Monday, worrying that we’d have to put the trash out in the snow (no, today’s Friday) or in the midst of dinner a sudden (wrong) epiphany that I was missing a 6 o’clock Monday Zoom meeting.

          So, yes, today I actually do have a meeting to look forward to, the virtual gathering of my local writing group. In full confession, I haven’t attended for quite a while since I had nothing new to contribute. But since I am considering starting another book, I’d like to hear other writers’ thoughts on constructing fiction in relation to world events. For something that will be finished long after the plague is (hopefully) over, do you make reference to it? Pretend it never happened? What to do.

          The most important errand of today will be to venture out and replenish the wine supply. Not only will this grease the Zoom meeting nicely, it will likely be a critical element to get through the next few days. And if everything goes to hell, who knows if the liquor stores will be able to keep up with demand?

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  1. Good luck. With the wine purchases, the Zoom meeting and the next few days. From the other side of the world I watch and hope there is no need for that handbasket to hell.

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  2. I laughed at your closing argument, but then I decided I'd better make a stop at the wine store myself. It's going to be a bumpy ride, I suspect. :-)

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  3. Liquor store, thanks for the reminder!

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  4. Things could get ugly but I hope they don't.

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    1. One of the first things I saw on line this morning was a report of an 8 foot chainlink fence going up overnight around the White House.

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  5. I'm sending positive thoughts to DC

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    1. Sadly, the Trump force shield deflects all positivity.

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  6. Snap! We also have 30ish temps with raging winds here in Adelaide, but our temps are Celcius so our 34C is your 93.2F and our wind is hot and from the north so carrying pollens from the Australian centre, so I'm locked inside away from it all. It's like an underground bunker in here, with everything closed up tight so I can breathe freely.

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    1. Good grief. Sounds like the next thing for you will be toads from the sky. Although that may be happening here after the election.

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  7. I wouldn't hesitate to refer to the pandemic in your fiction. It's such a prominent part of all our lives this year! I just read the latest book by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling's nom de plume) and she mentioned the Scottish independence referendum several times, even though it failed.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. And I've been meaning to look up Galbraith (Rowling). I did read the adult book she wrote after the Potter series, Casual something or other. Good, although I had trouble finding one redeeming character in it.

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  8. Thanks you for using fungible. It isn't really in my vocabulary, but I like it. It is so rarely used that I had to look it up again.

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    1. It's also so fun to say! Fungible, fungible.

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