Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, April 24, 2022, or: Plan A Didn’t Pan Out, So Here’s Plan B

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Hi, there, Dear Reader.

Today I was going to write another post about Crusade in Europe, one of my favorite games from when I owned my first home computer, an Apple IIe with a color monitor and an Imagewriter dot-matrix printer. That was a gift I received from my Uncle Sixto Diaz-Granados 35 years ago this month, and it was the machine on which I became a gamer in my mid-twenties. (It was also the catalyst for the slow-motion estrangement between my older half-sister and me, but I am not going to get into that now.)

A screen “cap” of Drive on the Ruhr, a “what if” variant of Operation Market-Garden based on an abandoned plan to drop one corps from the First Allied Airborne Army over the Germans’ Westwall line of fortifications west of the Rhine River and send an Anglo-American force of infantry and armor to link up with the paratroopers. (C) 1985, 2022 MicroProse/Atari

Anyway, yes. I planned to write a dissertation (of sorts) that focused on specific aspects of Crusade in Europe. I even started writing it with a modicum of enthusiasm and a vague idea of what I wanted to say.

Alas, several paragraphs into the post, I realized that I truly had no idea where I was going with my line of thought. I typed, and typed, and typed, but even though I wrote 327 words in eight short paragraphs, it seemed – to me, at least – that I was taking far too long to get to the point. Indeed, it seemed like I had no point to make.

That was exasperating, so I decided to close that document file without deleting the stuff I’d written and decided to…um…write this instead.

Even though I had a good breakfast this morning – close to midday, but still – and slept relatively well, I am tired. Physically, mentally, and, dare I say, emotionally.

When I was writing the post I had told myself I’d write today, I started out with both enthusiasm and the intention to finish and publish it. I really did. I wasn’t hungry, and I drank three cups of coffee that the Caregiver took the time to brew for me.

It is vexing – to say the least – when I wake up with an action plan in my head, sit at my desk and start to write, and then end up feeling like a driver who takes a wrong turn and drives the car off the road and into a field of thick, sticky mud.

Ugh. I hate that. And unfortunately, it happens more frequently than I care to admit.

I suppose that I could – should – take the rest of this lovely Sunday afternoon and relax. Preferably in another room of the house and away from my desk. I should go out for a walk and get some exercise. Or, if I don’t want to take a shower and change into “street clothes,” at least grab a book and read it out in the living room. It’s not like I am confined to quarters.

Still, I am irked about that post that I wanted to write before I tucked it away for another day.

I hate it when a plan doesn’t come together, you know?

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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