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  • The demands of nightshift work, of house hunting (and showing), of two young energetic sons... all combined to make my cowbird experience go slip sliding away. I faithfully 'collected' all the stories that came into my email every day, avowing to ctach up on reading them as soon as I could.

    But once I had amassed a list of over two hundred, even that goal went slip sliding away!

    I realised that I was under pressure to read the stories, self induced pressure. But with the realisation came a big sigh of relief and a renewed 'stuff it' clarity. If I get to read them, I do, if not, then so be it. So do not worry if I have not 'loved' your stories recently. You are not forgotten. 4

    Just as bad was the awareness that my own writing, my own contributions to this cow(of a)bird was lacking too.
    I was suffering partly exhaustion, mental and physical, and partly from that age old adversary of ours, of all those who write, who are creative in their endeavours.

    If they could bottle and market procrastination it could become THE biggest threat in "germ warfare" (Sssh. Don't tell them I said so, don't want to give them any ideas now, do we?)
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