The universe sends me a message

Nebra Sky Disk, from APOD (

And I try not to ignore it.

This was yesterday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Beautiful, yes. Historically fascinating, indeed. Appealing, without a doubt. And meaningful to me because this object makes an appearance in my current work-in-progress, on which I’ve done little work lately because …

Well, to be honest, it’s because I’m no longer teaching (Ah, retirement!), and I have no required work to avoid by writing. Weird, eh?

Writing has replaced teaching, and it’s now what I avoid doing, in nearly all forms, including this blog. But most importantly, including Kenning Stars, my sequel to Kenning Magic. My apartment is clean, the list of needed repairs and household projects is getting shorter, and I’ve read an unbelievable number of books since January 1st — nearly 25.

Then this lovely image pops up on my computer (make APOD your home page, dear readers, and you, too, will get daily astronomy-related images). It’s the fire I needed, so thank you, Universe, and APOD in particular.

Thus this post, and today a revising goal of 20 pages. It’s time.


About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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11 Responses to The universe sends me a message

  1. Calmgrove says:

    So relieved! Thought you’d posted a smily-faced pin-cushion to indicate the required occupation of the typical retiree! 🙂 Seriously though, twenty-five books is sterling work, about two a week and what is retirement good for if not catching up on reading that’s not work related?!

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    • Lizzie Ross says:

      “Reading that’s not work related” has never been a problem for me, Calmgrove. And funny about the pincushion — one of the projects I’ve been working on is a massive sampler I’m finally finishing (after a 3-year lull). Photo to come!

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  2. It takes time to adjust to retirement, Lizzie. For some of us, longer than for others. Just do what you feel like for a while. Don’t set goals and don’t push. You have to recover from all those years of being in the paid labor force.

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  3. colonialist says:

    I should try retirement some time. It officially happened many years ago but all I seem to have done is change occupations for a more onerous one. A nightmare of a boss.

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  4. colonialist says:

    Has the reutrn to writing stayed on schedule?

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