Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Avoidance: What Should You Be Doing?

It's 12 o'clock on a Thursday. The end of the week is almost here. I'm exhausted. All I want to do is crawl up on my couch and watch movies while the sun hides behind grey clouds blanketing the world with a moroseness, but I can't. I signed up for a writing contest with my first submission due on Saturday. I've been brainstorming all week, but have yet to get all those great ideas on paper in the form of a story. I work tonight. A double shift tomorrow. All day Saturday. There's not much time left. 


Top it all off with craptastic Internet service courtesy of Comcast. Which is why I'm taking advantage of FREE WI-FI at the B&N with its rich people watching environment and swaying to Fiona Apple. The cafe is comfortably filled with people. How desperate I am to take a peek inside their heads to see what's really going while they munch on their "create your own combos", letting the caffeine course through their veins. What are they avoiding? 


Sid, the Schindler Elevator Corporation employee, tears through gossips magazines while he sucks his frappuccino through the Starbucks' signature green straw next to me. A reprieve from the warm, moist air outside. What is he avoiding? 


In front of me, two teenagers are missing in action while their bottles of Deer Park water keeps their box of Essential SAT Vocabulary company on their table. Where would they rather be? 


A striking caramel colored man with thick, dark eyebrows sits diagonally from me flipping through Mojo magazine with his hand resting on his forehead as if he's shielding his eyes from the sun, but he's inside. What is he really avoiding?


Out of the corner of my eye a wrinkled and grey bearded man walks into the cafe unsure of where to sit. He buys a cup of soup and settles down at a small table with two inches of space from the neighboring table. The soft lighting on the ceiling shines off his balding head. He looks around. A business man sits down in the neighboring table with a tablet in hand. The old man leans in and starts talking. What is he avoiding?


So, as you read through blog posts today, tell me, what are you avoiding?



2 comments:

E.J. Wesley said...

My name is EJ. I'm ditching revisions to leave this comment. I have a problem. :)

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