Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night…

IMG_0713“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

-The inscription found on the General Post Office in NYC at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.

This unofficial postman’s creed has been jostling around in my brain.  In part, I suppose, because I’m currently slogging through the dead of winter, my least favorite time of the year.  It also happens to be the words I say to myself as I’ve been trying to get a little traction on my novel.  My attention had slipped a little during the holidays but over the last week or so, I’ve been carving out a daily writing schedule before I eat breakfast, take a shower, teach my writing classes or even check my email.  (Neither lack of sleep nor feigned excuses will keep this writer IMG_0720from the… slow…? completion of her appointed novel!  Or some such).  Forget those dust bunnies in the corner– let them grow into dust demons!

I will confess this– one early afternoon during the weekend (after I’d put in my writing time), I did amble into a bar, order a mojito and, for an hour or so, imagine I was in a place where even the postmen have nothing to worry about but getting too much sun.

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About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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One Response to Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night…

  1. Barbara says:

    Are you writing before COFFEE? That would be discipline above and beyond!! So glad you’ve got a routine going despite the season. P.S Would love to amble into a bar with you sometime ; )

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