Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Update - Did I Sleep Through the Mayan Apolcalypse?

The restart of the Mayan calendar is not an apocalypse, it's a multi-millenial new year.  So in spite of the lack of comets and hellfire and other such things, it's not something you really want to sleep through.  Time to wrap the past into a neat little package, put a ribbon on it and stick it on the shelf.

But even though the past era is done, imho, it's not quite time to start the new era:

The holiday I celebrate this time of year is The Liminal Zone.  The time between the years.

I do this because: I was a classical studies major, and the idea of the eight-day period the Romans celebrated as a threshold between the years sounded cool. (Limin = threshold.)  Also,  I noticed that Christmas to New Years Day was eight days.  And because, in the U.S. anyway, an awful lot just shuts down between Xmas and New Years -- maybe not stores and restaurants, but offices and schools and doctors and pretty much any place you want to try to do business -- and it just seems like the year really ends by/on Christmas Eve, and nothing starts back up again until the day after New Years.

The Mayan Apocalypse happened on a Friday, which this year is pretty much the last business day of 2012. 

That gives us a long limin: eleven days (not inclusive of Friday, because business was still being done) in which to process the old and set up for the new.

And for me, eleven days is a good thing.  Seriously.

Kerfuffle has continued to come at me hard and strong, and is only stopping now because much of it is shut down for the holiday.  If there is any more out there waiting for me, I can't even try to deal with it until January 2.  Pthttttppp!

(I probably shouldn't blow raspberries at hidden kerfuffle.  It can be a vindictive creature....)

I am, at last, writing again.  Not at the pace I would like, but on all projects.  We'll see if the liminal zone will allow me to truly get up to speed, and maybe get some momentum going.  And of course, we'll have to wait and see if January brings things that squash momentum or not.

I'll do a proper look back at the year on December 30, and then probably do a series looking forward (for me, for the industry, etc) starting January 1.  (Miss Leech will appear January 8)

In the meantime, in Test of Freedom: This week we'll have Episodes 19 and 20, in which we'll see that the person most disturbed by last week's events (Eps 17 and 18) is Rocken.

Happy Hollandaise everyone, and....

See you in the funny papers.


Lee McAulay said...

Happy Liminal Zone! Come back to the world refreshed and regenerated. In the meantime, there's this:
It's a cover of The Fallow Way by Judy Collins - one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite singer-songwriters, and a set of words which I think capture your notion of the Liminal Zone.
"I'll learn to love the fallow way
When winter draws the valley down
And stills the rivers in their storm
And freezes all the little brooks
Time when our steps slow to the song
Of falling flakes and crackling flames
When silver stars are high and still
Deep in the velvet of the night sky
The crystal time the silence times
I'll learn to love their quietness
While deep beneath the glistening snow
The black earth dreams of violets"...
Enjoy the silence times when you can. Hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable festive break!

The Daring Novelist said...

Thanks Lee! Happy holidays to you too!

(And a lovely song -- indeed in the spirit of the liminal zone -- although all the peaceful snow is amusingly in contrast to the Saturnalia which inspired my holiday. Not a whole lot of debachery in that video....)