I'm fairly sure that I've discussed the Doldrums in this blog before, (or that I intended to). In any case ...
Nautically, emotionally, and creatively, the Doldrums is a stagnant place. This title was first used in 1765 in reference to an infamously lethargic area of the ocean which lies very near the equator.
It is an area beyond the standard shipping lanes, where there is little to no wind or current, and it is particularly dangerous for sailing vessels which carry no means of propulsion other than their sails.
The word doldrums comes from the Old English word, dol, which meant dull or foolish, and foolish indeed were those who found themselves stranded and ill-provisioned for possibly weeks on end.
Writers sometimes find themselves stuck in the doldrums, so to speak, for a period of time until an idea, an image, or some other impetus stirs them to resume their writing, just as have been stalled.
My timetable for writing this blog has gotten skewed from time to time, but this most recent lack of blog entries has gone on since October of last year! So, what has stirred me to resume now?
I do keep track of any interest in what I write here, and, though there has been no feedback to my posts in a long, long time, the Weebly website maintains a ongoing recording of recent and weekly views.
So, apparently, visitors do still pop in to read this blog from time to time. It was those reports which finally gave me the nudge I needed. I've never been into "collecting fans," but it really does help to know that you were here. Thank you, by the way, all you who come to call.
Sadly, I don't have any souvenirs from my recent trip through the doldrums, which should be lesson enough not to traverse them again. Okay, enough about that, then. On to the next post ...