An announcement

Well, it's not really an announcement – it's more a case of pondering out loud.

For some years now I have been trying to complete a project.  I won't say what the project is, though some may probably have an educated guess.  I have lost count of the attempts to date but this time [as with every other single time previously] I am determined to get a bit further.  Even writing about it in the abstract is going to put a jinx on it unless I'm very careful.  It's a bit like quitting smoking – do you tell people or do you keep quiet until you are satisfied yourself that you've quit?  Tell people too soon and you run the risk of people sneering at another failure, or keep quiet and hope that nobody notices?

You see, this project has been bugging me for a very long time.  Sometimes i forget about it for a month or two, but back it comes like a nasty itch in the crotch, begging me to scratch it. 

The main problem is that scratching it takes some concentration and writing shit on this site also requires a bit of time and concentration and the two will inevitably clash.  If I keep up writing crap here it will be a distraction, so just for a while I am going to try to break the habit of many years and quieten down a tad.

I don't know how long the project will take.  It could take weeks months or years.  Going on past performance it will take a few days before I get frustrated and scrap it yet again.

So rambling and meandering may become a little more sparse than usual.  Doubtless life will intrude many times when I see something crazy in the meeja or something major happens and I will feel the urge to vent my spleen [as they say].  Lets just say that idle thoughts and rambling may not feature quite so much.

Having said that, by this time tomorrow I will probably have quit my attempts and wil be rambling and ranting as normal.

And before anyone guesses – no, I'm not quitting smoking.

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An announcement — 18 Comments

  1. If your project is a writing project you probably need a second computer which is only used as a word processor. No internet surfing or emailing is done on it. I gather some professional novel writers  have such a writing tool so that they can get in a few hours of writing and nothing else each day. Your rambling computer could be locked away in a separate room for either the morning or the afternoon, and the door key kept safely by Herself until your rambling part of the day arrives. Discipline regarding internet use is the way to go. May your married life continue to be blissful, and I look forward to reading the book whenever it appears.

    • There's a much simpler solution than going to the expense of another laptop – just switch off the wireless router?  Or if Herself feels the need for Farcebook, then just switch off wireless on the laptop.  Cheaper and much simpler?

      And who said anything about a book?  You flatter me!

    • No.  Because then that would become yet another distraction and because I was distracted I would have nothing to write in it.  Catch 22!

  2. Oooh.  Don't stay away too long, Gramps.  I'd miss my daily chuckle at your ramblings!

    Good luck with the project – whatever it is (I'm intrigued ….)

    • Basically I am carrying on as normal, but may miss a day or two [or three].  Depends on how things go.  They didn't go well yesterday but that was because I had a rough night on Sunday!

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