Sunday December 26, 2004
In the UK, today was ‘Boxing Day’, a sort of civic add-on to Christmas. We tend to stay home Boxing Day and, since we also stayed home Christmas Eve this year, today was our third shut-in day. It’s been wonderful, warm, peaceful, and restful.
Now, however, at the end of it all, I’m beginning to feel a little stir-crazy, wanting to be out and about. My brain goes turgid in the region of the creative centres when I’m shut in for too long. I need to get out and feel the wind in what hair I still have:
When I was a younger poet I loved to stride out, pacing the rhythms, counting along the lines. Now, well, my striding days are wearing a bit thin, and I step through them rather more sedately. These days my feet tend more to the caution of the spondaic than the remorseless, heroic march of the iambic.
Hey ho. Perhaps tomorrow I shall stroll along to my new sitting place along the lane, across the road and over the green. That’d be good. If the sun shines I shall sit there, remembering the pacings of a younger poet.
A younger poet
And that’s quite enough of that, thank you very much.
Today I had several longish sessions with Mr Bingely-Boop, getting to grips with the peculiarities of handwriting recognition. Graham tells me I’ve been quiet as a church mouse for long periods at a time. He also seems to think I’m enjoying it.
He’s right. I wouldn’t describe myself as a convert yet, but I’m getting there. I can certainly take effective notes just as quickly now as when using my memory book. The problem I have left is what to do with the notes when I’ve taken them. In a memory book, on paper, I seem to have a mental map of how to find things. The PDA has an excellent search engine, as does the PC, but I have a filing clerk in my head that’s not satisfied with merely finding things. It wants to see some kind of organization to them, even a chaotic, stream of consciousness kind of organization.
It may be time I looked for a state of the art note storage and organization program for the PC. Makes me wish they’d kept developing Lotus Agenda.
Ah well. It’s fun, and that’s a certainty.