The bright spot to this Friday is that it is the culmination of what could best be described as the week from “Hoboken.” (Hoboken is my euphemism for Hell!) I have to admit that my creative side has taken a beating, and very little substantive writing has taken place. Do I have writer’s block? Not really, since I’ve got a ton of ideas, and I am well on the way to getting the third book done. Instead, my problem appears to be remaining focused. Somewhere out there is a gnat with ADHD that can focus better than I can right now. I’ve had this problem before, and it happens every few years. Unfortunately, this just happens to be my week for it. In my misspent youth, I was afforded several opportunities to have a few all expense paid trips to some pretty dismal locations. In one of them it seems that I picked up a minor case of malaria, which makes a reappearance from time to time. Right now, as a matter of fact, I am shaking from the freezing cold 92 degree weather. Trust me, it makes for a miserable week, with the only saving grace of it being a great excuse to focus on drinking lots of Gin and Tonic as a cure. Sadly, I hate Gin, but not to worry, since I will persevere by adding a little lime to it. Now on that note, I’m out until next week, when hopefully I will have a slightly better handle on things. In the meantime, have one for me. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.