Brass TasselThe thing was so heavy there was no way I could have accidentally left the hotel with the key in my pocket. The morning we left Florence for Naples I held the key one last time, gripping it, feeling the full weight of the heavy brass in my hand. When we checked in, we’d been asked to drop off the key each time we left the hotel. For safety reasons, we assumed. It hadn’t occurred to me to be concerned with safety. I’d never felt safer or more free for that matter. Days and nights exploring, soaking in the sights, savoring the experience with childlike naiveté was one thing that made it so pleasurable.

That morning, as we made our way to the train station, I couldn’t stop thinking about the opulent rooms of the hotel, once a private residence for the wealthy and important or that I’d held a key to one of those rooms. I will never forget that.

This morning, as I made the rounds to some of my favorite blogs, I knew I should be writing. Commenting on blogs isn’t going to get my work done, but it’s so much more fun than buffing and polishing a manuscript. I was scrolling through photos, daydreaming really, when my son came into the office and snapped me back into the moment, saying something about homework. Suddenly I remembered the topic of this post.

Like the weight of that brass tassel, procrastination holds me, grips me. I think I’m longing for the pleasure I felt that morning. Knowing I’d experienced something special, knowing that if the journey ended there, I would have been completely satisfied.


33 thoughts on “The Brass Tassel

  1. Hala J. says:

    Wonderfully said!! Loved it. As you well know, procrastination and I are old friends. Wait, can I call it my friend if I hate it but we seem to go together like two peas in a pod (to use a tired cliche?)

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I should write an ode to that lolly-gag lay-about procrastination. Thanks Hala J. I think I might need to wax poetic…next week!

  2. Brigitte says:

    Late to your procrastination party, Honie. See? I do this so much, I can’t even get HERE on time. Hope today was better for you though!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey Brigitte. Today was moderately more productive. I managed to rework two chapters right out of the draft altogether. Editing is my nemesis. Of course, so is marketing. And Doritos. And spam. What’s the plural of nemesis? Nemesii? Nice of you to stop by – late or early makes no difference, I’m always happy to see you.

      1. Brigitte says:

        Nemeses, I think. Well, you’re doing MUCH better than I am. If there is another grey (or gray) day here, I’m going to scream. It’s looked like freaking England along the moors here today. Werewolf weather. Foggy, misty.

  3. My mom got a key like that at a hotel in Sicily. You could really cause some serious injury with those things! I sympathize with your dilemma regarding writing vs blog reading/commenting, my friend. It’s the ultimate procrastination method and it’s always there!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Damage, yes, nothing like a fist of brass to make someone’s day. Brass knuckles!
      I only paused from writing for a moment and what do ya know, a comment from Madame Weebles…I must reply…okay, back to work!!! Oh, it’s almost two o’clock, I need a sandwich. HA!

  4. There are days when procrastination is the only work I am able to complete.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Procrastination can be hard work.

  5. I very much enjoyed reading your post! You encompassed the concepts of nostalgia and ambition perfectly, and it brought on very good feelings. Wonderful writing, thank you for sharing! : )

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I appreciate your compliment.

      1. No problem! : ) Feel free to visit my blog as well at if you’re interested!

  6. I was going to write a post on procrastination–but I put it off….

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Ha! LouAnn, you are a funny lady.

  7. Here’s an idea: read your usual blogs, comment as usual where warranted, then copy-‘n’-paste your comments into your own blog and pass them off as new entries. Two birds, one stone. 😀

  8. artsifrtsy says:

    I sometimes wish for more time to procrastinate 🙂 I’m terrible at getting anything but work done in a timely manner these days and I find I have to steal time to be creative.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I miss the rush of everything having to be done “right now” and actually believe I would be more productive if I did have a bit of pressure. I think I’m just stalled out right now because the story isn’t gushing toward completion like Summoning The Strength did.
      Plus uncertainty, that cross eyed cousin of insecurity….UUGGGGH!

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        As much as I feel rushed, when I steal that time I do really get a lot out of it. Those cousins are a pain though.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Lorri, that’s because you’re talented.

          1. artsifrtsy says:

            As are you, Steph.

  9. Carrie Rubin says:

    Ah yes, procrastination. I know it well. I now make myself work on my WIP for 1-2 hours before I open up any social media in the morning. It’s a good feeling to know I’ve logged 1,000 to 2,000 words before I get to the more fun, less taxing stuff like blog reading. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      You are so disciplined. Shame on me!

      1. Carrie Rubin says:

        Well, you think I would have forced myself to do this sooner…

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          I’ll start tomorrow. Classic Scarlet O’Hara syndrome.

  10. I have been painfully procrastinating for the last week. Eventually, I’ll run out of excuses….I hope.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Is it a throbbing pain or a sharp stabbing pain? I’m experiencing both. One in my hands, the other in my ass.

      1. Mostly in my head, which is occasionally up my ass.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          LOL, yeah, I think that’s my problem too.

  11. I love your writing style, so glad I stumbled upon it.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Well, you’re very kind. Although I don’t know what style you mean, literary masterpiece my blog is not.

  12. Gardengirl says:

    It’s the weather… 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Should I wish for sunshine or hope for tornado?

      1. Gardengirl says:

        My daughter says tornado….I always choose sunshine. 🙂

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