By Richard Jay Parker
The rabid beast has been loose again. You know the animal – the one who takes large bites out of mornings, afternoons and evenings when you’re at the keyboard.
It’s been my unwanted guest since I was a teenager. Every time I move home I can’t leave it behind.
It’s lying in the corner at the moment looking sated. It should – it’s just eaten most of my morning. I never see it feed. One moment I’m looking at the clock in daylight and anticipating how much work I’m going to get done. The next moment a huge chunk of the day has been gobbled up and the cursor hasn’t made it anywhere near the page number I wanted it to.
I’m looking at it now and it’s just scratching itself. When I look away to my screen though…
It seems to get extra hungry during rewriting. Polishing paragraphs is like ringing one of Pavlov’s bells. It ran off with a whole week once but its ribs were still rattling on Monday.
Currently its menu comprises of:
Catching Up With Emails
Funnily enough, when I want it to feed, the beast is nowhere to be seen. When I have a glut of time and I’m waiting for the phone to ring about the project I’ve been working on it immediately loses its appetite and scavenges elsewhere.
But it really chows down, really gets its snout in the trough when I’m writing.
Doesn’t matter how its furtive feeding disgusts me, however. I hope I never slay it.
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