Best Laid Plans … 3


… of mice and men often go astray.

All right, I admit it, I paraphrased the quote. Robert Burns actually wrote:

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
For promis’d joy.

But who the heck says ‘gang aft a-gley‘ these days?

What it means in Canada, is that it pays to be flexible about plans at this time of year. Because usually when you really want to do something, Mother Nature decides to throw a few snow balls your way.

Which is exactly what that perverse b*tch did today. So much for my plans to go into Toronto today for the monthly TRW meeting. I probably could have gone, but it was snowing all morning, then just as I was deciding whether to chance the highways,it changed to a mixture of snow and rain. While I’m iffy about driving in snow at the best of times, I refuse to drive in freezing rain. So I gave in to Gizmo Guy’s muttered warnings and stayed home. At least it continued to snow the rest of the afternoon – it’s only just now slowing down, and I have a feeling it’s changed back to rain which makes me feel a tad less wimpy. Especially knowing that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t take the chance – a couple of other TRW members I talked to also didn’t chance the roads. That definitely helped me feel less ‘cranky’ 😉

But the day wasn’t entirely lost. So far I’ve written more than 2,000 words which added to yesterday’s 2765, and Wednesday’s just over a 1,000 means I’ve exceeded my 5,000 word weekly goal. Trouble is I broke Christine’s rule about working only one one story for her Mid-Winter Kick in the Pants challenge. I dragged out another story that I really need to polish up for submission to a specific house’s submission guidelines by adding slightly over 10K to it. Yesterday and today’s work has been on that story.

So, sorry, Christine, I broke the rules, but at least I am writing and what’s even better, my writing was flowing today in a way that it hasn’t for a few months. So maybe Mother Nature did me a favor.

(By the way, if you get a chance, drop over to Marley Delarose’s blog and wish her a Happy Birthday – a day late, but it still counts.)


3 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans …

  • julia

    That sucks about not getting to your meeting. I look forward to my RWAC meetings with the joy only other writers can comprehend. But I’m a FIRM believer in obeying Mother Nature over human schedules.

  • Leah Braemel

    Wylie, you’re only ‘one’ of the other wimps. And it was better to be safe. You know that if we’d gone, it probably would have snowed a blizzard and we’d have all been cursing when the meeting ended. Mother Nature’s got a real nasty sense of humor some days. And they’re calling for more snow tonight.

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