March 25, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Piece of the Puzzle

A jigsaw puzzle piece on the ground.

My first thought was of the person whose many hours of work would go unfulfilled, a single hole in a 1,000-piece puzzle mocking him or her. Then the metaphorical and symbological implications of this find hit me. Could the discovery of this jagged piece of random cardboard be a metaphor for my life? Could it symbolize the missing key to jumpstart my career?

The freelance writing assignments have begun trickling in, and I've been working 40+ hours per week in other areas to cover expenses, so perhaps I'm approaching a tipping point of sorts. Maybe things have nearly reached that point of inertia where my momentum will keep things moving forward. Or perhaps it's just a random piece of trash I came across that holds no significance whatsoever. In any case, I achieved my goal of picking an arbitrary event from my day and writing about it.

[Editor's Note: As the text in the righthand column states, I'm using this daily writing exercise to kickstart my creativity and keep the compositional engine lubed. So in case you're wondering why this day's column is so brief (and banal), it's because I expended my creativity generating "some worthwhile material" earlier today, an article which I hope to get published soon.]


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What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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3/24: Echoes in Eternity
3/23: Booing for Columbine
3/22: Not Recommending Diving
3/21: Works in Progress
3/20: Three Rings of Shock & Awe
3/19: Paris—A Beautiful Blur
3/18: Ignorant Idiot Man
3/17: The Pirate Queen
3/16: To War or Not to War
3/15: So Long, Seau
3/14: Telemarketing Pays
3/13: Free, For Now
3/12: Chicken Little Gets Respect
3/11: Axis of Evil
3/10: Writing Kept Me From Writing
3/9: King Arthur
3/8: The Women are Smarter
3/7: Salt on Old Wounds
3/6: 3/3/03, 3:33 p.m.
3/5: Beer Day
3/4: Pulling the Trigger
3/3: Make 'Em Laugh
3/2: Whither Iraq?
3/1: Strickland Cellars
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