Lord I was born a Ramblin’ (Wo)Man

1580 1580_ () 1580 1580 I’m going to start giving myself a little leeway around here, on Tuesdays in particular. I have a major writing deadline fast approaching and I’m realizing (gulp) that I am running out of that little time-padding I have been relying on for so long. Tuesdays are my go-to day for several hours of uninterrupted writing and I’m trying to force myself to take advantage of them.

I told my husband today that I’m getting to that place — either an actual place or a place of slight angst — where I have to hunker down. No more telling myself that if I write for fifteen minutes then I can check my email or switch over the laundry or rearrange some furniture. I need to start doing the whole producing large quantities of actual work. I have been doing that, more or less, off and on, but now it’s getting down to the wire.

I feel silly even addressing this issue here — there are plenty of blogs I like to read that don’t post every day. But I get this thing in my head where if I don’t post, then it weighs on me and I feel like I haven’t covered all my bases for the day. And the feeling won’t go away until I put something here, even if it’s just a link to a Savage Chickens cartoon (which is totally cool, don’t get me wrong).

And then, speaking of text messages (per the cartoon just then), there are other distractions like Twitter and Facebook and all these other forms of “connecting” which are not really connecting at all. Just a few more things to distract me from the task at hand.

So this is my little way of letting myself off the hook. Kinda. Because I’m still going to be doing all my usual stuff around here, but if I miss a day or two, here and there, you’ll know that I am working hard to get the job done.

And as a little treat for those of you whose eyes have not glazed over, here is a little snip from Peggy Noonan’s latest; I enjoyed the insight of this:

As for Mr. Obama, some thoughts that start with a hunch. He has the kind of self-confidence that will serve him well or undo him. He has to be careful about what he wants, because he’s going to get it, at least at the beginning. He claimed a lot of moderate territory in his Inaugural Address (deepen and expand our alliances, put aside debates on size of government and aim for government that is competent and constructive), but no one is certain, still, what governing philosophy guides him. He would be most unwise to rouse the sleeping giant that is American conservatism. One thing that would rouse it, and begin to bring its broken pieces back together, would be radical movement on abortion, such as pushing the so-called Freedom of Choice Act. 1580″> ? ,