This blog is supposed to be about writing. My last posting was about cemeteries, which we sometimes use as settings here in New Orleans, so I got away with the posting.
My wife has been buying me T-shirts with printing in front for the last few years and she manages to nail my quirks and personality traits. Her latest is the most revealing. It is me as a writer today –
"I'm not anti-social. I am selectively social. There's a difference."
Here's a sequel of sorts –
"You read my shirt. That's enough social interaction for one day."
And more –
"Historical fiction writer: I'd find you more interesting if you were dead."
"My life is based on a true story."
"I don't like going outside. It's too PEOPLEY out there."
"First of all, NO. Second of all, NO."
"Careful, or you'll end up in my novel."
"Where ever ya go, there ya are."
"If I ignore you, will you go away?"
Harking back to my law enforcement days –
"I'm not always rude and sarcastic … sometimes I'm asleep."
"It only takes one slow-walking person in the store to destroy the illusion I'm a nice person."
"I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you."
"My people skills are fine. It's my tolerance of stupidity that needs work."
"Sarcasm. The body's natural defense against stupidity."
"People who think they know everything, annoy those of us that do."
"Sometimes I wonder what happened to the people who asked me for directions."
"If you love someone, let them nap."
"I have a date with my bed tonight ... and we're totally going to sleep together."
Lastly, this one is for me, the husband –
"WARNING: Poor Listener." (illustrated below)
Which brings me back to the topic of this posting – the selectively social writer. I tell people I'm not a recluse but I play one in real life. This is why the lockdown and social distancing we're in now does not bother me. When I was young, I was social. When I was young, I went out a lot, even to church. Today I'm selectively social and a non-practicing Catholic. No need to practice. I've got it down pat.
Which is why you don't find me at high mass or many writer's gatherings. Y'all have fun. Do all the things a writer should do. I'm done. I write. That's it. I'm a selectively social writer.
That's all for now. Y'all stay safe.