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September 8th, 2008

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07:10 pm - Today's True Fact
I cannot write when I'm angry.

Or, rather, I could write when I'm angry, but only bile-filled screeds. [Note: This phrase is of course a cliche, and also, how would one fill a screed? I imagine a gravy boat of nasty-looking liquid, ready to be poured... And what is a screed, exactly, except a receptacle for bile? I consult the Concise OED: n. 1. long speech or piece of writing, typically a tedious one. 2. a layered level of material (e.g. cement) applied to a floor or other surface. Well, one sees how the bile gets into 2, at least. 1 is dodgier.]

[The Dog of the House sighs in a long-suffering way, and hides her eyes.]

So, anyway, today I am twitchy-shouldered and angry at the smallest and largest things, and I am finding it very hard to work on revisions of a novel which is at once high-comic around the edges and also rather emotionally fraught. So, I self-medicate.

a) Breathe deep the gathering gloom.
b) Pet the Dog of the House, who accepts these attentions with a weary patience.
c) Wash the dishes.
d) Spend fifteen minutes dancing around the house whilst listening to old, old music.
e) Write this silly post.

And now I return to high comedy and emotional fracas with my spirits renewed -- but first, I send the best of good thoughts your way, without anger.

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Date:September 8th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Pours you a restorative glass of Viogner.

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Date:September 8th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
L, bless you! Tomorrow is recycling day, and although I don't have any Viognier (or any drinkable wine), your comment reminded me that I needed to dump the dregs of spoilt Vouvray and toss the bottle. ;-)

[hugs hugs]
Date:September 8th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
"Bile-filled screed" is an excellent phrase, regardless of its meaning! :-)

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Date:September 8th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
"Screed" has a nice quality of onomatopoeia, too, when used in the context of rage. :-)

Hugs hugs sans anger, Gwynne!
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Date:September 9th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Dancing around the house does have its benefits! :)

Here's to banished anger, patient pets and good writing!

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Date:September 9th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
And here's to a good Tuesday, coming fast on our heels! :-)

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Date:September 9th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Screed. It has a voice of its own and imagery to match.

Screed sounds like it *should* be another word for bile...

No, really.

(hugs you tight) Yay for you and renewed spirits!
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Date:September 9th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
K! [hugs you]

I agree -- "screed" and "bile" just go together. It fits, it fits. ;-)

[hugs you again] Happy Tuesday!
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Date:September 9th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Dancing is always therapeutic to my mind.And washing dishes should have filled you with a feeling of virtue to help offset the anger (unless of course, "righteous anger," in which case ignore previous comment).

offer virttual bubbly as balm to a frazzled soul.
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Date:September 9th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Dancing really is therapeutic. [nods] I'm also trying to let myself sit down occasionally and do nothing but listen to music, rather than having it as background to other activity. Breathe, breathe, breathe...

[hugs and bubbly to you and yours] I hope your Tuesday is a good one!
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Date:September 9th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)

Today I renewed myself by alphabetizing part of the art section. There were other, more important, things I could (and should) have been doing, but they wouldn't have been as satisfying.

I love 'twitchy-shouldered'.
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Date:September 9th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
The world is better when you can create order out of chaos. Yes! [applauds you and your alphabetizing]

[sends major, major hugs] Am sending good thoughts your way, S!
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Date:September 12th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
My goodness, I missed this! How on earth...

Your anger, whatever it is, is TOTALLY LEGIT. (Just in case you need some validation.) I wish it speedy resolution.

::sends wine::
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Date:September 13th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure the anger was legit, but boy, it was there. ;-)

Hugs hugs, F! Happy Sunday!

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