On vacation… at the keyboard

This is what I look like in deep thought. Or trying to get something out of my tooth. Or when there's a fly in the library.
This is what I look like in deep thought. Or trying to get something out of my tooth. Or when there’s a fly in the library.
I am on VACATION, BABY! And I will be spending the next seven days, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., enjoying the luxurious accommodations of…

Our local library.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the one hunched over my ipad in a cubical near the “Periodicals” section, working on the final draft of my book, Humor at the Speed of Life, which is due Aug. 16. I realize my deadline is a whole month away. I also realize I am easily distracted, which is why I chose to put myself in a cubical, away from television, snacks, my beautiful wife and reliable wi-fi service. However, I don’t plan to be a total slacker. I will still be posting this week’s entry for The Door tomorrow, as well as Flashback Sunday on… uh, Sunday.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Siuslaw Public Library, stop in and say “Hi!” But not too loudly; the librarian carries a taser β€” and she has really good aim. If I’m laying facedown, it’s only because I’m concentrating really hard.

Or I’ve been tased.

Either way, I’ll be glad to see you.

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

53 thoughts on “On vacation… at the keyboard”

  1. I live for Tuesdays.

    Other than that. Carry on.

    Oh. Please don’t look behind you, but I told the library to stop putting out my pictures all over the SHAPE mags….

    Wait. Maybe it’s the ROAD AND TRACK…yeah that’s prob more like it.

    Just don’t forget the door. It’s a beacon…blah blah blah…

        1. I hear he can be difficult. I sent my column to Hugh for several years, hoping he’d print one of them. Eventually, he wrote me back:

          Stop sending me this stuff. You’re scaring the girls.
          β€” Hugh

  2. A library…the phrase seems familiar, but so so distant in my memory.

    Is that the bookstore that annoying doesn’t offer price tags? Or was it the hard copy of Wikipedia?

  3. Sorry I’ve been away! But I am SOOOO excited for your book! Also, I hope you know that as a one of those nerds that used to spend my life in the library to get my papers done and study, the library offers a lot of distractions…. May I suggest some blinders? I hope you have a wonderful vacation and remember to enjoy life πŸ™‚ I would even to so far as to maybe do some work under a tree πŸ™‚ …preferably one with no birds living in it.

    1. Hey Stranger! No worries πŸ™‚ I know the new job doesn’t allow as much blog time. As for the library, the only place I can set up is in the lobby, which has a constant flow of people in and out. I just have my ear buds and AC/DC going, which pretty much works as blinders. My hope is to get this manuscript done by Thursday night so I can at least enjoy a few days off before I go back Monday.

      Oh great… a bird just pooped on my iPad screen.

      What the heck is a bird doing in the library?!? πŸ˜‰

  4. Ah, the library. I always find myself curled up with a book that has nothing to do with what I’m supposed to be doing. Hope the draft is coming along well! And if it’s not, you can always see if some electricity will jump start your creativity! Or coffee. Coffee is better.

  5. When my daughter takes her laptop to work, to the local wi-fi cafe for a coffee, i have to figure out what to do, mainly go to the library to write. But sometimes, I write down on paper what I will blog about and hope to get it better from this manner. I think proofreading is a pain! But a necessity. Good luck and looking forward to your upcoming novel! Liked your photos on the past library post and this, too. You look too wide awake and cheery still!

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