Musings & Thoughts for Friday, October 23, 2020: Tramping Through the Neighborhood & NaNoWriMo Anxiety Sets In

This isn’t my usual hangout; it’s not far from the house, but next time I come this way I’ll bring a bottle of water.

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early evening on Friday, October 23, 2020 as I begin this post from my desk in New Hometown, Florida, and night will soon fall here. Currently, the temperature outside is 80˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies – sunset is about 27 minutes away; with humidity at 79% and the wind blowing from the east at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is also 80˚F (27˚C). The forecast for tonight calls for mostly clear skies, with a small chance of rain in the evening. The low will be 71˚F (22˚C).

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Well, friend, I’m tired. After I wrote my review of the 2002 original soundtrack from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and posted it this morning, I took a shower, got dressed, and decided to go for a walk before 2 PM in case it rained at my more usual 4-5 PM window.

It wasn’t brutally hot (the temperature was 89˚F (almost 32˚C), but the heat index was 92˚F (33˚C) and the sun was out. So maybe it wasn’t a good idea to explore the neighborhood in the opposite direction from the path I usually take on my constitutionals – at least not without taking a bottle of water to keep hydrated while exploring my immediate surroundings.

I didn’t get lost this time around – I knew where I was at all times and wasn’t that far from the house. But I stayed outside longer than I should have, considering that my usual forays beyond the front step don’t last more than 30 minutes. As a result, I’m tired, headachy, and feeling sore all over.

I even thought I’d just call it a day without writing this post, but I somehow rallied and…well, here I am.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 24th, I will go out with The Caregiver to go cash a check and, afterward, get my first haircut since mid-March. We’ve done the bank trip a few times already since it only involves going through the drive-thru banking area. I haven’t gone to Just for Guys since after The Caregiver and I went to see Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios for my 57th birthday.

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Other than that…well, I should start working on the prep stage for the NaNoWriMo 2020 project that starts on November 1. I was going to do some of that this afternoon, but my ill-advised tramp around the neighborhood put a stop to that plan. I’m not a highly-organized writer who plans every plot point in advance or is obsessive about The Outline – I seem to be more of a free-form (or “seat of the pants”) type of writer – but I should at least start with a list of Dramatis Personae…or something!

Just thinking about it, though, gives me the heebie-jeebies. And as November 1 gets nearer and nearer, I keep on asking myself, Why did you even get yourself into this NaNoWriMo thing in the first place?

Good question. Now….if I only had a good answer!

Well, that’s about all the news I have for today. I hope you stay safe, stay healthy, and that your Friday was a good one. Be kind to others, Dear Reader, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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