Back To The Grind

MTV, life, humor, back to work, Modern PhilosopherI was not happy when the alarm went off this morning, Modern Philosophers.

Not only did it mean that my vacation was over and I had to return to work, but it also roused me from a very cool dream.

I was a writer for The Conners, the new show that has risen from the ashes of Roseanne’s racist Twitter tirades.

I had been tasked with writing the Christmas episode, and everyone was eager to learn how I was going to deck the halls with holiday humor while the Ghost of Roseanne Past haunted the Conner family.

I was definitely up for the challenge.  I had the writers’ room hanging on my every word, and the fate of those magical Christmas ratings hung on my creative talents.

The Conners, life, humor, Modern PhilosopherBut before I could explain how I was going to bring the Christmas magic, the stupid alarm clock brought me back to reality.

And as Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, and Ethan Hawke taught us so well, reality bites.

Reality Bites, Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller, Ethan HawkeDespite my better judgment screaming at me that staying in bed was the proper move for my sanity and writing career, I still got out from under the covers.

I even managed to run four miles.

I’m not going to lie.  I definitely felt anxious about going back to work.  My vacation had been so relaxing and productive that I had completely grown accustomed to my Writer Boy persona.

I had no desire to shed that comfortable skin and go back to the daily grind.

I had outlined Episode Three of the TV series last night as the sun set on my vacation, and I felt like I was abandoning my characters to return to my other job.

Even though there was an enormous amount of work waiting for me, I still managed to find a way to soothe my Inner Writer.

I went for a walk on all three of my breaks, and as I did laps around the parking lot, I mentally plotted out the scenes of Episode Three.  They played like a TV show in my mind, so it was as if my character were right there with me, getting their steps.

Heigh Ho, Seven Dwarfs, back to work, life, humorHeigh Ho, Heigh Ho, back to work, and still writing, though…

Knowing that the front porch, my laptop, and my characters were waiting for me most certainly got me through what felt like the longest day in history.

When I finally did get home, I made a very quick wardrobe switch.

Here’s what I decided to wear, grabbing the shirt with no hesitation…

Kylo Ren, Star Wars, the dark side, humor, Modern PhilosopherSomething about the end of vacation, having to go back to work, the fading of the light, and the call of the dark just made this seem like the perfect shirt for a night of writing.

How was your Tuesday? Do you feel like the first day back after vacation is the longest day on record? Do you like my tee shirt?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to Back To The Grind

  1. davidprosser says:

    I used ti hate returning to work from holiday all those years ago before I wrote a word and before I retired. Now, well 5 books later I never return from holiday, life is all holiday.(Sorry)

  2. markbialczak says:

    I crammed a lot of work into my first day back, Austin. I like your shirt!

  3. Holly says:

    Love the shirt!

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