Cruise News

If a cruise is working as it should, around about Day Five your brain has made so few decisions that it ceases to function altogether. This leads to conversations such as this overheard early one morning on the Lido Deck:

She: Look. It’s getting light out.
He: Let’s go see if it’s getting light on the other side of the ship, too.

clean suit
Unfortunately, the cruise industry is now beleaguered with illness aboard. By the end of each day, you feel soggy from all the chemical sanitizer they spray around trying to deflect the Noro virus. It won’t be long before cruise wear will be clean suits in Day Glo colors for daytime apparel and ruffled black for formalwear.

Since your cabin steward is now sanitizing THIRTY CABINS each day, he has little time for niceties. So those cute little towel animals you used to get … the elephants and puppies and monkeys? Get over it. They now look like amorphous sea life thrown together on the run. Here’s the evidence:

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Resolution Revisited

I’ve been going through old posts and found this one from 2008. I never think I accomplish my goals. But, by God, here’s one I did:

I am going to write a book. There, I’ve said it, right out loud so now it is real. This involves the shifting of my tectonic plates:

• First, I need to think of something to write about.

• Then, I have to cut billable hours. I like what I do and am jealous when my clients seem happy with anyone else, so this isn’t easy – think in terms of an old thoroughbred watching the kids thunder out of the gate.

• Cutting back on work hours is a delicate balancing act. I need to make enough to sustain those goodies I simply can’t live without: an occasional pork chop special at the Corner House, reflexology, getting my hair dyed by someone else, four-adjective coffee.

• I am creating maybe 15 hours a week that I can designate to writing a book. I need chunks of time; I am not one of those writers who can produce in short bursts between the flotsam and jetsam of the day.

That’s the plan. But, honestly, I am terrified by it. I have made my living by writing ads, so I already know a lot about writing fiction. But long format stuff? Jeez. Wish me luck.

Today, I have just completed my fifth novel (let the edit begin). Other writers are beginning to ask my advice. I have been invited to speak to groups. It’s not all rosy, of course. Money will always be hard to come by. I go through big fat depressions. I feel like a rescue animal when anyone reaches out in kindness. But, boy oh boy, what a treat to fulfill a resolution every now and then.

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