It is a beautiful day in sunny San Sebastian. A cool breeze ruffles my hair as I sit on my rocker sipping my first cup of coffee and gazing at the lovely patterns that dot the countryside. Perfectly shaved squares of terracota-colored clay soil dot the land, ready for the plantain seedlings that will soon be planted.
The “meaito” trees with their bright red blooms seem to have taken over the landscape; they create the most beautiful play of read on green as they sway in the morning breeze as far as the eye can see over the hills and mountains. Today, I will open only one set of French doors because if I open all three, birds will flock in one door and fly in circles inside my living room, wildly twittering and looking for the other doors out.
I have work to do, and I can’t sit here admiring nature all day. I pour myself a second cup of coffee, and I head for my computer. My first stop is my email, where I answer a message from my newly hired personal assistants. My second stop is Facebook. Every morning I check my social networks and answer any messages before I start my writing-related tasks.
The real world hits me light a freight train. First, there is Donald Trump claiming that the reason there are rapes in the military is that “idiots” put men and women together. Then, there is a British video of a lioness watching as dozens of wildebeests run by, while the commentator rants and raves about a female’s inability to make a decision. It was clear to me that the lioness thought her idiot male should get his own lunch!
Then, there is the running story about Amazon placing “needs editing” notices on books. This leads to a long, heated argument among my author community on the job of an editor. Trying to stay out of that argument, I scroll down and run into the very scary video of a woman being stalked in a parking garage. I find out that 83% of us have been or will be victims of a crime. I now live in mortal fear of parking garages!
By the time I am faced with the image of a dozen breast-cancer survivors posing topless, the feeling I had of rising to a beautiful morning has evaporated. The weight of the world lies heavy on my shoulders. I am ready for some cute kitty videos. Thank God Facebook is full of those.
If you want romance, adventure, mystery, don’t look for it in the social media. Instead, read Zeece’s novels and shorts. Visit her website at https://zeecelugo.net and leave feeling good about the world!