The Best Laid Plans

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As Robert Burns said:

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men

          Gang aft agley,”

The last phrase I’ve always translated as Oft go astray, which is fairly close to the literal meaning.

This morning I had an unscheduled visit to the dentist. I won’t go into the details, but in addition to the time it took, I was not exactly in the mood to focus on writing when I got home. After a while, I thought I should take care of my monthly financial tasks, which I didn’t want to put off and miss paying any of my bills on time. So that took up part of my day.

Anyway, I’d watched a video with H. Clair Taylor yesterday on enneagrams, which I’ve always avoided since it sounded like mumbo jumbo to me, but what she described sounded like a good way to develop characters. Or at least an alternative method that might be interesting. So I found a book at the library and put it on reserve so I could investigate it further. I also made up a spreadsheet of the nine personality types, their fear, desire, ego fixation, and talk style, since I fully intended to start planning for The Case of the Pirate’s Puzzle.

I didn’t.

Not wanting to break my writing streak so soon after I’d started, I forced myself to add 55 words to “Murder at a Masked Ball.” I know I’ll do better tomorrow since my sprint group meets for two hours, and they’ll motivate me.

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