Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large--I contain multitudes.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
And other assorted half-assed sayings.
The truth is, I just got lazy. Not a good quality in a writer.
I would also say I had nothing to write about, but that's not true. A true writer, it seems to me, can find something.
I believe it was one of my colleagues, a man named Fred Fels*, who said something both poetic and practical. We were working on the grand plans for West Ranch High School (and I was honored to be part of that planning) and Mr. Fels cautioned us that these best laid plans would be in perpetual danger of "the tyranny of the urgent."
He was right, in more ways than I think he meant.
The tyranny of the urgent has been deflecting me from some long-range ideals, like editing some of my writing and keeping up on the excellent Online Writers' Workshop. I have lesson plans, grading, football playbooks, meetings (oh God the meetings) and assorrted family obligations (take this child to this practice, pick up the other one from this other site, and so it goes.
When all is said and done, the mocking clock on the wall informs me it is nearing midnight, and I will need to be heading off to work soon. The next day repeats itself, and on we go.
It's not whining, honest it isn't.
Maybe a little. And maybe it is a little bit defensive.
All right, all right. Stop harassing me. I'll get back to it. People say if something matters, you find the time. At least, I bet someone somewhere said that. I also think I am just a leeeeeeeettle bit scared to start revisions, since that brings the novel (at this point, Belt is the novel in question) closer to completion and therefore closer to the slaughterhouse...I mean market...where it stands naked and afraid against the publishing giants who would tear it limb from limb and send its bloody, quivering carcass back to me.
Anyway, it's time to try and fight back against the tyranny of the urgent. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
Be seeing you!
*I believe he most likely got the phrase from Charles Hummel, who wrote a book of the same name about time management.