Slow, my pace, and character, inner-narration. Can’t understand why and I’m not giving it too much more consideration or any contemplative effort. Class tonight, and in no interest to go. But I will, I’ll force myself, see what happens. See what ideas and thoughts form.
I’m not lachrymose, or of low ebb, I’m just not fully in character. Why. What is this. Guy plays pinball just to the left and front of me, and the noises disrupt my dimension even more. Fuck, that thing is loud. I ignore it as best I can and look further into what’s happening in my circuitry, today. Got a small latte from the spot up the road which I shouldn’t have done.
Still slow, but with more framing and purpose in these types. Didn’t think I’d get to writing today, honestly, with this mood. Or whatever it is. Not sure it’s a mood, either.
My next plan of attacking it is to attack self and self for having any kind of mood. What the fuck do I have to be even minutely glum about? Money? Not hearing back from a wine country lead? SO. WHAT. I move on, dismissing and disregarding all of it. Only present here, where I am and what I’m doing at Sonic. Project now—JPR’s. Never done them before and I know that’s part of my stress stack, but again I just vow to write reactions when I get back and see where they go. Much of knowing your Now is to just walk into it and see what’s read to you. I’m writing the story, but it’s also writing me.
I get a text message but ignore it. I want to understand this, this Now, me in the Now, and what to do for remainder of day here in office. Tonight in class, this entry very well may be part of the plan, this pinballing avoiding paragraph stream. Am I fighting those shrieking ding and dong sounds, and the voice coming from the flat vertical portion of the machine. Forcing self to write, forcing self to ignore it.
He leaves, but some corny battle-victory song keeps playing. No one in this multipurpose room but a writer. The machine silences, and all I hear are noises from outside—someone throwing something in one of the bins, some vehicle driving off the lot. My mood shifts, into curious curvature. Haven’t written in here in a while. If I was at low ebb, it rose, even before the pinballer left.
Just going to see what happens this evening, with class, with the first discussion on the newest book. Memoir, narrative, everything we’ve talked about so far this semester. I forget about the wine country prospect, the JPR’s, this large room. I fixate on me, my day, the quiet machine now.
Almost forget about my latte.
Tempted to try the machine.
No. Stay here. Look outside. Listen. I’m writing today, more honestly.
My own sort of game, I guess.