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Hermit Crabby

Although there are many advantages to working from home, it is very easy to become a recluse and not even realising it, especially when the weather outside is far from pleasant. As I sat checking e-mails early this morning I realised that I hadn't spoken to another soul in four days and hadn't actually been out of the house for five. Nothing intentional, but when your office is the spare bedroom, keep a well stocked larder and every time you look out of the window it is lashing down with rain, there seems little incentive. I have however been feeling, not quite depressed but as if something was missing. It was, social interaction and fresh air. So there was only one thing for it and I wandered off into town to treat myself to a coffee and toasted sandwich late breakfast and sat and watched the world go by for a while. better an hour and a few ounds spent recharging the batteries than turning in to a crabby hermit…or going hermit crabby!

It is also interesting how a change of scenery also puts a different slant on the way you think, gives you little sparks of inspiration and above all me time to let your mind wander into non-work mode. I got thinking about the novel I keep coming back to, plot lines that need tightening up and it gave me an image of what the open paragraph might be. The book is an alternate history, dimension shifting, slightly sci-fi, story and I imagined floating above the city where the non-earth action takes place and sketched out in my mind a dream sequence description of looking down on its building and people, roads and houses as if seeing it for the first time. This will form the opening paragraph as the protagonist wakes from this recurring dream not knowing the identity of the dream city, a city he will one day be transported to, the city of Urban.

All of that from a toasted brie sandwich and a large Americano!

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Del23 wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:24 AM

I am totally with you on this one. Working at home can be very isolating and although sometimes it's nice, it's great to be able to get out, get some fresh air and to refocus. I think it makes us more productive!

GedWrites wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:24 AM

What a guy, I'm off out too I've been stuck in bed or the house with flu for a couple of days and that's enough to send me crazy

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:27 AM

I live right out in the countryside and unless I go out see no one at all during the winter. I do agree, getting away from my home does light me up and inspire new ideas too.

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:20 AM

I know what you mean. My problem is that to avoid going stir crazy I keep going out to energise the creative juices. Then I come back and I can't seem to sit down and write. Aarrgghh!