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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the Columnists.com, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern
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  and  a founder of the Southern Humorists writers' organization. She is writer, editor, and webmaster of HumorColumnist.com

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A Writer's Life

A column? Of course, I'm going to write a column. I always write a column once a week. But first, I have to check my email. My inbox is overflowing, and I really need to delete the SPAM. I don't know how all those people get my e-mail
address.

I'm going to write a column, but I might as well have a cup of coffee first. It's really too early in the morning to write a column unless I have a cup of coffee. I certainly can't write humor when I'm grumpy. What kind of column would that be?

A column? Yes, yes, I'm going to write a column, but it's time to go to work now. You don't expect me to miss work to write a humor column?  Humor writing doesn't pay the bills. I'll think of a good idea today at work and write a column during lunch.

Lunch is here. No time to fool with column-writing. I need to eat lunch and get back to business. You can't believe how busy we are today. Besides, my cell phone has been beeping all morning. I must have a hundred messages to check. I'll do that now and write the column later.

Gosh, what a busy day. I'm pooped. And I still need to write my column. First things first, I need to fix some dinner. I cannot do without dinner just to write a humor column. There will be plenty of time for writing after the dishes are done.

What is on television? Gee, I'd really like to watch that. I know I didn't write my column yet, but I'll feel more inspired when I don't have something else on my mind. That is my favorite program and several more good ones coming on after it. I guess the column will not get written tonight. I can always do it later.

Write a column? Yes, I'm going to write a column. Would you please quit bugging me about it? I'm tired! I have to sleep sometime you know. I can't write when I'm this tired. My head would hit the keyboard and I'd be writing in my sleep.

Another day -- another column to write. I'll think of something to write about while I'm in the shower. But would you just look at the news! Good grief! Earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster. I have to watch the news. I certainly cannot be writing humor when the world is about to end.

Column? Of course, I'm going to write a column. I always write a column, once per week. Just like clockwork. I can't seem to come up with a good idea. What I was going to write about doesn't seem very funny anymore. I'll think of something better while I'm walking the dog.

Now, I'm ready to write, just one small peak at email first. Oh, my goodness. Look at the news from my columnist friends. A columnist quit because he was edited. I need to write an editorial about this while it's hot. I can write my regular column later. Right now, I need to write about something else.

Okay, the editorial is done and posted, the earthquake is over and the news is too awful to watch any more. I've worked all week and been too busy to write and too tired when I got home. And okay, I'll admit it. I had to see what happened on "Survivor" after Russell was gone. The world is full of distractions.

But here I am at the computer with an empty screen in front of me, a cup of coffee beside me, the dog is walked, the television is off, the cell phone is recharging, and the email inbox is empty. It's Saturday morning and I don't have to work. I'm ready at last to write to write a column. But for the life of me, I can't remember what it was that I wanted to write about.


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