Happy Winter Solstice

Things have suddenly and unexpectedly become somewhat busy here.

Apart from anything else, I have started writing again.  I mean proper writing, not the scribbles I lash out here.  And if I'm writing there I can't be scribbling here if you follow my drift.

It must be the longest case of writer's block in history.  Two years or so?  The cause was a piece of the storyline jigsaw that just didn't fit and no matter how many times I rewrote it, it still didn't fit.  And then while having an idle afternoon doze the other day, the solution suddenly struck me, rather forcibly just above my left ear.  So the writing has started again, with the only problem being that I have to start the entire project from scratch as the storyline has a completely different beginning and thus a different structure..

Then there is this Christmas thing getting in the way of things.  People insist on celebrating it and that means invitations to other houses and of course honour dictates that I have to invite them back.  I may accidentally forget to do that though.  Honour is all very well, but if it involves pouring my good whiskey down other people's throats then that's a different matter.

So I don't know if I'll be here tomorrow or the next few days.  Maybe something will crop up that will force me into a ramble but we can only wait and see.

In the meantime, have a Happy Winter Solstice.

And remember…..

From now on the days get longer.



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Happy Winter Solstice — 12 Comments

    • Same as that, Brian! I hate winter (SAD?), and once we hid the nadir of the shortest day, from then on my optimism level rises with the lengthening days. Even though I'm in southern Europe, we do still have winter, albeit not as cold as UK. Ah well, off to Thailand for a month in a few weeks. Plenty of sunshine and heat there!

      And as for you, GD, I'm pleased for you that you've had your brainfart, but do check in occasionally – misanthropic as you might be, we do have a sort of grudging affection for you.

  1. I'm hit and miss at the best of times, have a grand holiday with your family Grandad, I look forward to reading what ever you happen to produce. All the best, Cat

  2. It's dark, it's pissing down, a window has started leaking because the gutter above it is blocked by the cement fillets that do not stick to Duracem tile, thank you the league of roofers and of course my own laziness in not sorting the problem out when first spotted but your reminder that the corner is being turned lit up my evening, thanks.

    One should always 'bring a gift' so here's one for you. I hope it entertains without distracting you from the writing or the leaky diaphragm observations. Have a good one.



  3. The days get longer here by about ninety seconds diurnally, but they don't get warmer. Of a sunny afternoon it's a relatively tolerable minus 13 degrees, on cloudy days lower. So hot whiskeys at night and the occasional filter cigarillo put Angst on the back boiler. The going price for a bottle of Jameson downtown is 190 yuan. Calculate that in euro and Canadian dollars and you'll agree it's a deal. I had to import a supply of cloves in the diplomatic bag. Peaceful hols to all.

  4. Good to hear that the Muse has finally descended – good Xmas present that 🙂

    Happy Chrislamic wotsits to all insofar as we are allowed these days …

  5. I think I missed Christmas altogether this year which would explain me not wishing you and yours and all the regulars here a Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice and all that. So, just say I already did and leave it at that, okay?

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