My Weekend, Taking a Break, And Slowing Down…

How was your weekend? I spent some of mine editing, so no sallying forth to get papers or comics (although I did manage to get a copy of what I usually take from the paper–comics and crosswords).

Sometimes I’m impressed by how routine life is, or can be.

Yesterday I did laundry. You know, because I like clean clothes and I know waiting until 300 dirty shirts have built up is a bad idea.

But that’s routine.

We haven’t mowed the lawn because the mower is broken, and I’ll have to see about getting it fixed somehow/somewhere. So a neighbor very graciously brought his riding lawn mower over and mowed the whole thing for us.

Awesome–it would have been way too long to mow comfortably with a push mower anyway–the grass had grown to six inches or more in some spots. With our lawn the size it is, people in small towns can mow their lawn six or seven times to our one.

I had to pick up sticks outside so our neighbor wouldn’t run ’em over, which was okay–it felt nice to be outside for a while, getting sun and fresh air.

But mowing the lawn around this time of year is routine, too.

I also got to relax a little bit yesterday, and do some mindless stuff that’s not important to anything–and I do that kind of thing sometimes. I mean things like watch TV (although I do try to learn from it–even if it’s not specifically educational TV).

My point? Work is important–but life shouldn’t be only about work. Life is about balancing so many things. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (or Ty or Leslie or anyone else). But all play and no work may make Jack, depending on his age, a broke, depressed boy who wants to avoid dealing with problems he can’t/doesn’t know how to handle.

I know that’s not part of the saying–and balance is something I’m still working on–that, and trying to be more efficient while I’m working.

So, no writing advice today–more about efficiency and finding the balance that works for you, even as you work through “normal” life.

Because routine is valuable, but there are times when it needs to be shaken up.

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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