Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 24, 2022, or: Whew! I Thought I’d Never Do a Blog Post Today!

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, June 24, 2022. It is a sizzling summer day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 94°F (34°C) under mostly sunny conditions. With humidity at 55% and the wind blowing from the west at 8 MPH (15 KM/H), the heat index is 106°F (40°C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to pass through our area. The high will be 97°F (36°C). Tonight, scattered rain showers will be around once the thunderstorms move away. The low will be 76°F (24°C).

I usually start writing blog posts for A Certain Point of View, Too between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM Eastern, although sometimes I have started working on a post earlier than that. Today I am way behind on my schedule because I had one of those rough nights when I just couldn’t fall asleep at a decent time and still woke up at my usual time of between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM.  I think overall I slept only about five hours.

There once was a time when I could stay up late at night, wake up early the next morning, and face whatever challenges I faced during the day. I rarely did “all-nighters” to prepare for exams in college, nor did I ever write a research paper in one night because I had procrastinated, but I did sometimes study till late at night and then had trouble sleeping due to stressing over the upcoming tests. I wasn’t a party animal when I was at Miami-Dade Community College, so I avoided the “going to class with a hangover after a weekend of hard partying” thing.

The author, nearly 40 years ago. Photo Credit: Roger Laurence/Serpent’s Tale staff

Anyway, when I was in my 20s and had a penchant for watching TV into the wee hours of the morning – cos I didn’t have a sex life at all then – I could get by on maybe three or four hours’ worth of sleep and still got things done. It did not happen regularly – when I attended classes at M-DCC (and even when I went to Sevilla as a participant in the University of Seville/CCIS Semester in Spain back in 1988), I usually tried to get at least eight hours’ worth of sack time.

The author as he is now.

Well, I’m not in my 20s anymore. Next March I will celebrate – for lack of a better word – my 60th birthday, so my 20s are way off in the distance in the rear-view mirror of my life. I might have some of the same hobbies and interests I had as a young man, but I don’t look – or feel – as young as I did in the 1980s and early ‘90s.

So, Dear Reader, I’m tired. I’ve been up since 7:00 AM and only now do I even feel capable of stringing words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into a coherent blog post.

For folks who don’t write – or read – much, or understand the writing process, it might seem like hyperbole when I say that writing, I mean, really writing something, is hard work. Especially if a person – namely me – says that he is, in fact, a writer. Writing is not merely an action I do when I sit at my keyboard (like I am doing now); it’s a craft, and I take it seriously, whether I am writing a blog post or a work of fiction.

Writing well – in contrast to just typing something fast without even a single editing pass or relying solely on your word-processing software’s spellcheck function – takes time and effort. It usually takes me at least one hour to compose a short blog post; my average writing time for a WordPress blog post is usually between two to three hours. Sometimes, if I am doing a book review that requires an excerpt from the book I am critiquing, I can spend four hours or even five before I hit the PUBLISH button to submit it to A Certain Point of View, Too.

And although non-writers might not believe or understand this, by the time I’m finished with a blog post, whatever the topic might be, I feel like I went to Miami – which is 254 miles away from Lithia, as the car drives – and back. On foot. And without resting.

Okay, maybe not that tired. But there have been many times when, after I finish a blog post, all I feel like doing is grabbing a bottle of Seagram’s Escapes, plopping down in front of the TV, and watching escapist fare until I get a slight buzz from the Jamaican Me Happy or Bahama Mama and don’t feel exhausted from a long stint in front of a keyboard and a glowing computer monitor.

I sometimes flirt with taking a short break from blogging every day. I mean, it’s not like I am a blogging superstar with millions of followers and so much ad-generated revenue that I can afford to own my own house and date hot blonde models from Miami, and I am not getting a salary from WordPress, so if I took the day – or several days off – I seriously doubt too many people would notice. Some of my regular followers would, but the wider blogosphere beyond? I think not.

The reason I don’t take the day off is, of course, that I feel that something is amiss when I break away from my writing routine. Even when I am unhappy about the way things are – both in my little corner of Lithia and in the greater world beyond – I feel content when I am tap-tap-tapping away on my keyboard, sharing my views with the world.

So, Dear Reader, I guess you’re stuck with this nearly sixty-ish writer for the time being, even if the said writer is tired and dreams about dating sexy blonde models from Miami.   

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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 24, 2022, or: Whew! I Thought I’d Never Do a Blog Post Today!

  1. It’s easier to break the routine than to get back into it. Keep going with the writing, even if you think you have nothing to say. I had such a fog earlier this year after my “Alien incident” that I couldn’t even think properly to write. My brain still gets that way at times – I think it goes back to the head injury, but it was way worse in March and April. Getting back into the routine was tough and still is at times, even if it’s not a new post but reworking something from the Epinions days. I’m waiting till tomorrow to write something about the Supreme Court. I need to sleep on it to wrap my head around it.

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    1. Every so often (as I say in the post), I flirt with the notion of taking just one day off to get a bit of R&R. And maybe if, you know, my circumstances were just a tad different (you know, like if I didn’t have a toxic half-sister or if I were dating a hot model), taking a couple of days off would probably not be a bad idea. I’m so into writing that I doubt that I’d have a long hiatus, so my blog would still get lots of new posts.

      As it is, I think writing my blog keeps me at least a bit sane. And since I’m not going to hook up with any models – from Tampa or Miami – any time soon, I fear my readers will just have to put up with my musings and thoughts for the near future.

      As for that SCOTUS ruling: I think that’s going to be a tough topic to write about. However, I know you well enough to say that you will do justice to the subject matter.

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