Day 81

Today I sorted a collection of tickets. Some of them are bus tickets and some relate to things like toll bridges and ferries, but many of them are considerably less interesting than that. Fortunately I have the day off tomorrow and will do some exercises to raise my enthusiasm levels.

Some of them have adverts on the back, and at least one of the adverts refers to rationing, so I’m guessing they go back to the 1940s in some cases.

After looking at all the pictures from previous years, I am starting to feel restless and would like to get out more. All I need to do is find a place that is crammed with interest, devoid of people, and accessible to a man with bad knees and a stick. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

I’m hoping to get an early start tomorrow and get a parking space close to phlebotomy for my overdue blood tests. After that I have a couple of errands to do and plan on spending the rest of the day getting to grips with some writing.

It’s all about practice. The more you write, the better you get. When I decided to start writing poetry again, about the time I started writing this blog, it must have taken a good two years before I started writing to an acceptable level.

This time, six months after being ill, I am struggling again. The quality is OK now, but the quantity isn’t there yet and I’m looking at four deadlines at the end of the week and only enough material for one submission.

That’s why I need a major effort tomorrow – lots of editing to do.

23 thoughts on “Day 81

  1. jodierichelle

    Keep plugging away. I would think that all of your success with publication would keep you motivated.

    Those tickets sound intriguing. Do you sell them at the shop?

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’m slowly preparing the tickets for eBay and hoping to find customers. As for “success” – it is easier to keep motivated than if I wasn’t getting accepted, but still not easy. What happens, I ask myself, when the3 bubble bursts? πŸ™‚

  2. Lavinia Ross

    Good luck, Quercus. International events don’t help much with things. That scene that goes with the water vole poem looks like a good place to rejuvenate.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      About an hour away. Never been particularly fond of it, to be honest, even though it does have ospreys.

      Carsington Water is closer and I prefer the countryside up that way.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        Rutland Water, whilst full of ducks and ospreys, is a trifle industrial. Carsington is up near Ashbourne and Wirksworth so you arrive fling more relaxed. πŸ™‚

  3. Laurie Graves

    Yes, good luck! Sometimes, when we’re feeling antsy, Clif and I get takeout and go to a parking lot overlooking the beautiful Kennebec River to eat our lunch. Very restorative. Sometimes we even see osprey and sturgeon. I wonder if there is a similar place near where you live.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        E have places where we can watch the river and feed ducks – it will do. And it will be better than sitting at home watching TV. πŸ™‚

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        There is a place we can sit and watch the Trent and I can recount (again) the time I stalked a kingfisher with the kids. It turned out to be a piece of blue litter caught in a bankside bush . . .

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