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Some days are like that: Daily writing Exercise

Another daily writing exercise—some day I’m sure I’ll regret putting up such random stuff on this blog.


Some days are like that.

They creep up on you so quiet that before you hear the whisper of their footsteps, they already have their arms around you, looking over your shoulders, nudging your cheek with their noses like the familiar, errant lovers you let back into your life more than once, only to regret it.

They ask to share your coffee and hang around as you check your mail, or get ready to go out to the office, or the shop or wherever it is you go out, and by lunchtime, you have given in to their charms. You have wandered with them hand in hand, around your home, dreaming, or across the yard, chatting with the neighbor, or playing mindless games on a computer screen, forgetting errandsย  and grocery.

And those days, the rascals that they are, wind themselves down, and when you turn around and look, they’re gone, having taken their seductive assess off to beguile another unwary sod. It is night, and time for bed.

As you turn in, you wonder where you went wrong, at what precise moment you lost control, and that perfect day, as full of possibilities as the past, came up to naught. You close your eyes. You’re full of naive intentions, having learned nothing, determined to succeed, impatient for the next morning.

But you never know when another of those days turns up and you lose yourself all over again, left with another day come and gone, and nothing to show for it.

Some days are like that, and that is all that there is to it.


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • bronxboy55 says:

    We both need to find the balance, D — get some writing done and have some fun, every day. (And when you figure out the secret, please let me in on it.)

  • I loved this post, especially the part about waiting for the next morning to arrive…

    Thanks for reading my blog as well!

  • I am an eccentric and impulsive person with a penchant for daydreaming and I love such days ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I call them distractions and sometimes that is ok, they give your mind a brief respite from the task at hand..As long as you don’t lose control they are no problem.

  • That’s a beguilingly pleasant way to spend a day- much better than the ones that loiter like unwelcome guests. No one should ever regret randomness, quite the opposite. I have some delightfully avant garde friends and we once spent a whole hour pretending to be lobsters.

  • marianallen says:

    Oh, those days are sometimes the sweetest one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Arlee Bird says:

    I’m so tempted and do slip into periods of my days like that, but sometimes I think we all need a break to escape.. Then I start feeling guilty.

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  • The past four days have been EXACTLY like this for me! Seriously, I planned SO much and hardly any of it has happened ๐Ÿ™

  • I think most days are like that!