One year ago I didn’t have a website, didn’t write blog posts, didn’t even have a cell phone, and what’s most amazing to my family and friends, didn’t die of embarrassment. My computer literacy would not have impressed a preschooler.
What I did have was the 21st century right where I wanted it – at arms length. That was other people’s problem. I was a dinosaur and proud of it. People forget that dinosaurs lived for millions of years without these things, and that it took an asteroid to kill them.
Dinosaurs left no written record though, so we can only wonder what they thought and how they spent their days. I do plenty of writing however, and while it might cause people to wonder about my thinking abilities, I began to realize that the best way to leave a written record was by finally joining the 21st century. So that’s what I did, with the help of a couple of patient people, the Happiness Engineers at WordPress, and the Happiness Brewers who make Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I am happy to report that I would be perfectly comfortable going mano-a-mano on the computer with most 1st graders now.
Anyway, this is a long way of saying that I miss my dinosaur days. And it appears that the 21st century is having a bigger effect on me than I am having on it. So be it, I knew it wouldn’t be a fair fight. So I have decided to call a retreat, and go back to my pre website/blog/cell phone days, and to work on my novel instead. I figured I better let people know so at least they won’t think I’ve gone extinct.
I’m going to miss all the wonderful writers/thinkers/humorists I’ve been following, but the 20th century is calling me back. As the aptly named Ashley Brilliant said, “All I want in life is that wonderful feeling of accomplishment without having to accomplish anything.” No doubt I’ll be back at some point, but in the meantime, stay well and Write On!