Forget Star Wars Day, I Kept Seeing Green…

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Yesterday, I managed to take the weekly shopping trip (at the regular time, this time :-)).

When I got home, I found out for sure that the riding lawnmower’s currently out of commission.

That means push-mowing a big lawn, for now. A lawn that takes about 10 hours or so to do, using a walk-behind mower.

Which also means plenty of sun, fresh air, and exercise (something I’ve been behind on for several months now, unfortunately).

That’s one of the things I was thinking about since yesterday. Something funny happens to grass if you don’t mow it for a really long time, especially in the yard over here…

Have you ever seen some spots of grass that grow taller than the spots around it? In our yard, we have that–with some spots being 8 inches high or so. It’s funny to see, like tufts of giant green hair, or something. And these tufts are in all parts of the yard.

What has this got to do with Star Wars?

On Facebook today, a few people were mentioning Star Wars stuff, and I didn’t get it.

For those of you (including me) who don’t know, May 4th was Star Wars Day. Because Star Wars hasn’t been around for more than 100 years, I’m pretty sure that means this label is unofficial.

To be fair, I didn’t learn about Star Wars Day until today, so I pretty well missed it.

Which means that today, I learned that I’d missed an interesting occasion that happened yesterday (if that makes sense).

“May the 4th be with you?” Hmm. Maybe if someone had let me in on it, I may still have missed it.

Yet Star Wars is something that inspires me–one guy building a hugely successful franchise with movies, games, books, and more? Very cool. But that wasn’t without a lot of groundwork–something I’ll be mentioning in tomorrow’s post. Be sure to stop by.

And how about the writer in me? Would he be satisfied with this post? Writing and Star Wars are related, all right.

But mowing the lawn and writing? What do they have to do with each other, really?

To me, writing and mowing the lawn are a lot alike.

They both have new beginnings. With writing, it can be your first revision of a piece (or the point where you decide to throw everything out and start over).

Mowing only has one beginning–although for some parts of America, that “mowing season” lasts a lot longer.

Mowing and writing can both be relaxing. The time you spend on both can be beneficial to you and others, and, like mowing, writing can be hard, yet rewarding work. But the most important thing writing and mowing have in common is…

Once you start, it’s important to keep doing it.

Oh, and sometimes plots, characters, and more come to me out of the blue while I’m out mowing the lawn.

Since it rained here early this morning, I won’t be getting out to mow those giant tufts of grass until this afternoon.

And if a rabbit, fairy, or anything pops out of a grass tuft, I’ll let you know.

If you’d like to drop me a line about writing, yard work, or new beginnings, go ahead.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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