In Arrears

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A business teacher of my acquaintance, when asked by a student what arrears meant, answered, “It means you’re behind.”

Not the definition her class expected.

But a good story for the teachers’ lounge, and a fitting introduction for this post.

For I am in arrears.

In reading blogs, in answering comments, in answering e-mails, in reading books, in preparing for tomorrow’s meeting of Just for the Hell of It Writers, and in submitting Wednesday’s A Round of Words in 80 Days report.

Last things first: the title of this post will have to suffice as my ROW80 report.

It will have to do for the rest of the post as well, or I shall also be in arrears with respect to sleep.

One specific item: This morning I shot off my mouth and announced to a Facebook group that I would submit a story for publication as soon as I’d proofed it five or six more times.

But after a good twelve hours, I still haven’t clicked Send.

I’m not afraid of rejection per se. I’m afraid of rejection because of some idiocy on my part: omitting the word count, formatting incorrectly, forgetting to do some tiny but important bit of business.

So the story sits in the draft folder, waiting for one more proof.

Fortunately, I’m not on deadline.

The window it is busted and the rain is coming in
  If someone doesn’t fix it I’ll be soaking to my skin

But if we wait a day or two the rain may go away
And we don’t need a window on such a lovely day…

Mañana is good enough for me.