I have been a very bad girl. (I’m grinning as I imagine eyes widening in great anticipation of reading a blog about my (mis)adventures into “bad girldom.”)
Well, let me tantalize you by confessing that in my seven days of being snowbound, I have succumb more than once to at least three of the Seven Deadly Sins. (Definitions given below provided by Wikipedia – Seven Deadly Sins.)
1) Gluttony – over-indulgence and over-consumption – What is it about being snowed in that makes me so hungry? Is it a fear of running out of food, being stuck on top of this icy, snow-covered hill, unable to get to the grocery store for more? Is it boredom? Is it my empathy for the wildlife I watch from inside my wood-stove warmed home? I don’t know what it is, but I’ve had an insatiable urge to nest, to cook, to EAT.
2) Sloth – laziness and indifference, failure to utilize one’s talents and gifts – This is THE deadly sin for a writer. I can’t believe with all of this spare time provided by the beautiful, tiresome snow, I haven’t written a single morsel of a new story. What’s the deal? How often during frenetic times of my life, have I longed for stretches of time that would allow me to write, write, write? Okay, I’ll admit that I have done a bit of editing, but not one single new word have I been able to squeeze through my keyboard and onto a page. I’ve spent some time (time that I should have been writing) reflecting on reasons for my slothly ways. Restlessness? Yes, I do feel a bit like a caged animal, which makes it hard to concentrate. Lack of pressure? I do, after all, work best under pressure. I need a deadline! Perhaps I am a passive agressive writer. That’s right. By not writing, I’ll show . . . I’ll show . . .who?
3) Wrath – also known as “anger” or “rage” – GET ME OUT OF HERE!
Really, that’s a slight exaggeration. I count my blessings to have such a warm, comfortable home in which to be trapped. But, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Three sins out of seven, huh? Maybe that doesn’t quite qualify me as a bad girl.The remaining four sins are:
Okay, maybe I have succumb to one or more of the remaining four. But, those confessions will have to wait for another blog entry.
For now, as another 4-10″ of snow ascends upon us, I am going to try to redeem myself – at least in my slothly writer ways. I will write. I will write. I will write.