|Yeah... burn in hell, Mercury.|
Seriously, even though I was as prepared as possible and took all the precautions I could, so many things just didn't go my way -- especially in regards to work. About a million things got in the way of my getting paid on time for work done, my getting projects finalized as quickly as I'd like, and a bunch of other things. People who actually contacted me about work in the first place dragged their heels like I couldn't believe about making their down payments and whatnot. People I contacted about projects I was interested in took their sweet time getting back to me when they got back to me at all.Then I had so many internet, website, and technology snafus this week that I was beginning to think I must have gremlins in the house or something!
Additionally, there was the total brain fog I've been laboring under myself. I haven't been feeling as alert or inventive as usual. It seemed to take me forever to polish up ideas and I've been having tons of trouble concentrating. Writing I've done lately has needed to be double and triple-checked for stupid errors and awkward turns of phrase when I usually can churn out pretty polished content on the first try. I suppose it didn't help that it was retro in Virgo at least part of the time, which really does tend to shine a spotlight on work-related things and scheduling conflicts for me.
Either way, I'm just glad it's over with as of yesterday. It was almost scary how quickly people got back on the ball, too. Both Seth and I got an influx of e-mail and information we'd been waiting on from clients and various business contacts for days (or in some cases, weeks). I also feel better mentally, so I've decided to take advantage of that and make this a productive weekend for the most part. Merc retro or not, I feel like I've gotten virtually nothing done that I wanted. I hate that feeling.
Pagan Prompts also had the following topic posted in honor of the back-to-school season. Since it sort of reminds me of the whole brain cloud thing that usually accompanies Mercury retrograde for so many people, I thought I'd throw my response to this in here as well. It seems like a nice way to kick off a switch in gears that I really hope will lead to a far more productive period for me... especially writing-wise. I hate the frustration that comes along with feeling behind or like you haven't been productive enough for your personal tastes.
It's the end of summer, and families everywhere are gearing up for the new school year. But that doesn't have to apply only to kids in school or young adults going to college... After all, life is about learning something new every day.
What have you been learning lately? Perhaps a topic of interest has taken over your focus lately, and you've been immersed in its research. Or maybe someone sparked a question in your mind, and you've been searching (both within and with-out) to find the answer. What knowledge are you seeking, and how close are you to reaching it's zenith?
Ever since I was a kid, I was the sort of person who's always been really quiet and cerebral. A lot of people I knew were constantly poking fun at the fact I seemed to permanently have my nose glued into a book. I'm still very much that way as an adult. People just don't really mock me for it the same way they used to when I was younger.
Typically, I choose more philosophical studies when I want to learn something new. I've always enjoyed studying religion, and mythology, and social culture. Anything to do with art or language is pretty much a given. However, lately I've been taking a more practical approach to what I'm learning and the skills I'm honing, which is definitely a new thing for me.
I feel like I've been in a big rut professionally lately, as well as in general when it comes to my writing. I've been actively working on learning how to be a better, more dynamic writer and a better businessperson as a result. I've also been learning a lot, I think. However, I am very far from reaching what the prompt describes as the "zenith". I don't really have any mentors or teachers to turn to for advice. (I tend to be the one stuck being cast as other people's mentor or "go-to person" despite not really being an expert on anything!)
That said, I feel like I'm kind of feeling around in the dark hoping to get it right one of these days. I'm hopeful though. It may take me a while to get where I'm going, but I always arrive in one piece at the end! I do sometimes wish I knew even a few people who have already been there and can give me some pointers based on personal experience though.