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Pins and Needles Time
2/20/2006 12:01:12 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Some of you are probably old enough to remember the expression, "Being on pins and needles." It means anxiously awaiting the outcome of an event, or worrying about something to the point of incurring anxiety.


Some of you are probably old enough to remember the expression, "Being on pins and needles." It means anxiously awaiting the outcome of an event, or worrying about something to the point of incurring anxiety. It has nothing to do with druggies, who have tried to hijack the term.

Truth is there's plenty to be anxious about in this world, and a certain amount of anxiety is perfectly normal. Waiting to hear about a rewarding contract, or a new job opportunity, or who has won a coveted writing contest, can all qualify in the writer's world. Yet to deal with it, we have to turn our minds to something else that's productive, while we're waiting.

Trying to find a particular haiku we co-wrote 30+ years ago falls into the category of wasting time, instead of writing something new. But it niggles at the back of the mind, wondering which safe place we put it in after all. It needs to see the light of day again.

Perhaps I should move these stacks of papers that are around my desk, including on the floor. I need to file them or toss them, or throw out some older magazines to make room for the same topics that are revisited every two to five years in the newer editions. Yet right now, I need to revisit some of my technical writing skills, as software changes all the time. Decisions are not always easy for a creative person to make!

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More Blogs by Shirley Ann Parker
• Welcoming 2012 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• One down and two to go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Cannot believe the holidays are upon us - Friday, November 11, 2011
• Plumbing Nightmares - Monday, September 26, 2011
• This month it's been marketing - Saturday, August 13, 2011
• Venturing further into e-books - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• And the foreclosures continue - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• A Satisfying Genealogy Conference - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
• Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life - Saturday, June 04, 2011
• Time to Move Forward - Friday, December 10, 2010
• I have lost an entire year but... - Friday, December 10, 2010
• Now here's a situation for you! - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
• Patricia Highsmith Understood - Saturday, July 05, 2008
• This isn't the life I ordered - Sunday, March 02, 2008
• California Wildfires - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Life as it is lived - Friday, October 05, 2007
• Are you a Notary Public? - Monday, June 04, 2007
• Time is flying by...much too fast! - Sunday, May 20, 2007
• Reminder! The Ballad of Billy Lee - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• To My Reviewers - Friday, November 24, 2006
• The Ballad of Billy Lee - save the date! - Monday, October 09, 2006
• Being lethargic or daydreaming? - Sunday, September 03, 2006
• A Lone Voice Can Make a Difference - Monday, August 14, 2006
• To report or to comment - Thursday, May 25, 2006
• Mallards at a business park? - Sunday, April 30, 2006
• Mobile Home Alert! - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Heard about Book Millionaire? - Thursday, April 06, 2006
• Well, the results are in.... - Monday, March 13, 2006
•  Pins and Needles Time - Monday, February 20, 2006  
• A Little Disappointed with the Writers' Conference - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• A Dream Scrambling to Survive - Sunday, January 15, 2006
• An After-Christmas Sale - Sunday, January 08, 2006
• Happy New Year! - Saturday, December 31, 2005
• It's Over for Another Year - Monday, December 26, 2005
• What Do We Write in December? - Sunday, December 18, 2005

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