Gone Fishing

For the first time in a long time, I didn’t write an article last week.

Jon wrote about our water heater not exploding, then offered to do a second article on cleaning out the water heater for Revanche of A Gai Shan Life.Β  Even though said second article never materialized, I can’t tell you how relieved I felt.

(Revanche, he’ll do it eventually. He realized after writing a bit that he probably needs to actually do a flush himself before he writes about it.)

For a week, I didn’t have to come up with an article. I read and played with Little Bit and cleaned house and thought about what I might write about next. I’ve struggled for ideas lately, and I think it’s shown.

Surely, with a week to think, I could come up with some awesomely awesome post ideas.

Suddenly it was crunch time. The best Idea I could come up with was 10Β Essential Skills of the Post-Apocalypse?

Gone Fishing

Halfway through scribbling down ideas about fishing, farming and haggling over the remainders of our once proud civilization, I thought “No. Just No.”

So instead of writing about fishing, I’m going fishing. I’ve left Barney in charge of the jailhouse. Opie and I will whistle our way down the dirt road to the lake, toss in our lines, and tell stories while we wait for a better idea to bite.

Maybe Aunt Bea will have some blueberry pie ready for us when we get back.

I’m taking two more weeks to recharge my batteries. I won’t feel guilty about not posting or rush posts that don’t feel like my best. I’ll read and play with Little Bit and clean house. Maybe I’ll even go fishing for real.

I haven’t been fishing since I was a teenager and caught a water moccasin, though. Fishing is less about the fish and more about the idea of sitting in the quiet with nothing much going on. And right now, I think that’s what I need.

See you March 6.

27 thoughts on “Gone Fishing

    • Thanks Gary! It’s been nice to just chill for a couple of days, enjoy the nice weather, and hang out with Little Bit. I’m almost ready to sit down and write again…

    • Thanks Ruth! It’s unusually springlike here, so it’s been a great time to be outdoors and away from the computer screen.

    • Yep,it was good to completely unplug for a few days and it’s been good to ease back in by reading other folks’ posts. I’m hoping by midweek I’ll be back to sitting down writing. πŸ™‚

    • It’s way too warm here, and has been almost all month. My kid’s wearing shorts, for goodness sakes. I love the pleasant days, but I’m seriously worried what this means for summer temperatures, bug populations, etc.

  1. Even though I only started in July last year, I felt like this over Christmas. I’d managed (stupidly) to pile a load of pressure on to post twice per week… and some of my posts were rubbish. So I stepped back and relaxed, took the pressure off myself, and it helped so much. I’ve barely had time to write this week, but ideas have been flooding to me and I’ve been scribbling them down like mad!

    Enjoy your break πŸ™‚
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    • It’s a common feeling Sarah, and I think I probably should have taken a longer break over Christmas. I was posting 3 times a week this summer and had to drop back to 2. You have to work within your limits!

  2. Enjoy your time off Emily. We all need our BDNs, don’t we? BDN = Busy Doing Nothing πŸ™‚ Have a good time and see you soon.
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    • Oh, yeah, I’ve definitely been BDN this week…video games, park visits and hanging out with the kiddo (and work, too.)

    • I just wanted to catch any fish, Erik! My dad would take us to a trout farm, where the fishing was super easy.

      Alas, catching the poisonous snake cured me of a lot of my enthusiasm for actual fishing. (Snakes are my big phobia.) These days, at least in fresh water, I’m happy enough to just sit in the boat and kick back in the quiet.

  3. Enjoy your fishing weekend πŸ™‚ I definitely understand struggling for ideas at times. Most weekends I have no idea what I’m going to write about and somehow I have three articles by the end of the weekend but it definitely worries me from time to time πŸ™‚
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    • You’re knocking it out of the park with your posts, Rob. I wish I could get more written on the weekends, but since I have Little Bit more underfoot I get the least amount done.

  4. Enjoy. I know exactly how you feel. Everything we write has been written before. On most occasions, our twist on the already-been-told is a welcome addition to the conversation and keeps the enthusiasm for personal finance going. But then there are times when we don’t have a twist to add. So what’s the harm in putting at the “gone fishing” sign. Just don’t be fishing for long. I really do enjoy the twist to personal finance that you and Jon provide. Peace.

  5. Hey, The climate here the most recent couple of days has been spring-like and I’ve thought it would be the ideal time for a break. Happy you’re setting aside some opportunity to unwind and revive.

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