December 16, 2003

By Michael Strickland


When confronted with a blank page after a long weekend full of travels, I sometimes consume the white space like a starving man at a smorgasbord. Other times, I find myself in need of the literary form of Metamucil. I sit, I sit and still I sit, but the words just don't come. So it seems after this past weekend's excursion to Baja's Guadalupe Canyon. Though I managed to scratch out a brief summary of the trip, composing anything beyond mere fluff just wasn't happening.

Why? Is it just garden-variety writer's block? Too soon after the weekend's activities to digest it all? Too much pressure from work and other outside stresses? I thought about it yesterday, on the drive home, and concluded that my compositional constipation was a good thing. If I find myself having trouble writing about a camping trip, perhaps it wasn't newsworthy. And if it wasn't newsworthy, it was probably relaxing. The reasoning may be imprecise, but after looking at it from that perspective, I realized just what a relaxing weekend I did indeed have.

The irony arose when I returned home to hear about what was possibly the most newsworthy event of the year: the capture of Saddam Hussein. The last time I spent a restful weekend in the hot tubs of Guadalupe Canyon, I came back to find southern California on fire. It seems, then, that the newsworthiness of travels to Baja and events back in the "real world" are inversely proportional.

I can only imagine what will happen next time I disconnect and venture off the beaten path south of the border. One thing's for sure, it's sure to be newsworthy.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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 (almost), 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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December Columns:

12/31: Happy New Year
12/29: Return of the Oscar King
12/28: The Year in Travel
12/26: Trial by Piranha
12/25: Merry Christmas
12/22: Red Squares
12/21: Havasu Falls
12/20: Last Will & Testament
12/19: Bah Humbug
12/16: Newsworthy
12/15: The "Strick" Dialogues
12/14: Animal-Animal
12/12: Old Memories
12/7: Letters to the Editor
12/5: Greed Strike
12/4: Another Day at the Office
12/3: The "Back" in Quarterback
12/1: Sixty-Four
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