Newton’s first law sets in

I’m behind on writing reviews and have not been implementing ideas for other posts. I have several review books lined up ahead of even more books I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Still, I find a touch of consolation in the fact the same thing is happening in London.

I actually have a couple paragraphs written on two of the book reviews I need to write. For whatever reason, though, they are just sitting on my computer, not even appearing to make an effort to cooperate. Unquestionably, a state of inertia has descended. (Newton’s first law of motion is also commonly referred to as the law of inertia, ergo the post headline.) Yet whine as I might, I’ve been accepting offers to review other books that sound good. Plus three books showed up unsolicited this week — each of which intrigues me.

So while both the “to review” and “to read” stacks grow, when I sit down to read I seem to find plenty of things, often inane, to distract me. It’s even worse when I think about writing reviews because then I am on the computer, into which the interweb tubes run. So, all in all, it may be self-imposed indolence as an avoidance mechanism. Or maybe I am just flat out lazy now that the leaves have fallen.

At least half of my life’s many mistakes can be safely put down to impetuosity: the other half derive from inertia.

Donald James, Vadim

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