Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is retrograde. Communication is backward, confusion arises. Misunderstandings lead to hurt.

The telling of tales is a form of communication, is it not? It doesn’t bode well for the story-teller, the writer.

I’ve started a new story – a short one for a competition that closes early next month. I started it several days ago and all seemed to be going well, but then I became distracted – facebook, email, and various other websites that take up my time seem to be taking even more of it. I look at my story, write a few words, a paragraph maybe, then find myself suddenly elsewhere. And now the story that flowed so well to begin with feels stilted. I know where I want it to go. I know how I want it to end, but getting there seems nigh impossible. (And it needs only be 1200 words away!).

In my procrastinating – and googling – I read a horoscope that spoke of Mercury being retrograde till early August. It seems a reasonable excuse. But can I really blame the stars do you think? Or is that just a poor excuse for my current lack of focus and discipline?


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