The Beginning

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 08:14AM on Friday, July 11, 2008

Like Mr. Thoreau, I came here to get away, to live at the edge of nothing and think things through. Life had become too complicated, and I needed to remove the umbilicals and get back to living an analog life for a while.

Everyone thought I was crazy, unplugging and moving to a country where I don’t speak the language (yes, still), and I’m not taking any form of technology more advanced than my mom’s old IBM Selectric (that’s a typewriter).

Maybe I am crazy, but as I sit here in my cottage next to the window looking at the sea, I can’t help but feel I made the right decision. I’ve found an attention span I thought had died long ago. I can now pay attention to something for fifteen minutes at a time without looking for some diversion that’s come in over the tubes.

Maybe I’ll come back to the always on, never quiet life of perpetual connection; there’s a chance I won’t. Either way, this feels like a new life, led deliberately, to live a life in more than 30 second interruptions and diversions.




  • from Kevin Lawver:

    I love that people keep finding ficlets #1 (/stories/1), so I thought I’d write something called “The Beginning” that’s as opposite as I could come up with this early in the morning. The photo is from one of my favorite places on earth, a little town on the Mediterranean in France called La Napoule.

  • from Mistress Elsha Hawk:

    I love the line “I’ve found an attention span” because ever since college, I’ve felt like I’ve acquired Adult Onset ADD ! It’s great to take time and relax! maybe that’s why I love the country.

  • from Eckhouse:

    And strangely enough, I have the same comment to make as I did for ficlet #1 – throw in a beer and a jacuzzi and I say bring it on.

  • from Blusparrow:

    Hey Kev! I like this beginning. Sometimes we have to unattach from life or be explode.

  • from Lone Writer:

    I laugh at these comments.
    Either way, this feels like a new life, led deliberately, to live a life in more than 30 second interruptions and diversions.
    ^That’s a great sentence!

  • from John Perkins:

    Brilliant. Good to see you back, if even for 30 second interruptions.
    I really enjoyed this, and as Lone Writer pointed out, and evidenced by my plagiarism, I really loved the last line.
    What’s a typewriter? =P

  • from Punkin:

    Reading this is like taking a mini-vacation. I love it. I think I will read it whenever I need a break.

  • from THX 0477:

    Lovely and definitely in the spirit of Mr. Thoreau. Does sound like something you need and could benefit from. Put the sidekick down and walk away…just walk away.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    I don’t even have a Sidekick anymore… or a Blackberry (AOL took it back). I’m hopefully getting a new iPhone soon. Remember, this is fiction... ;)

  • from BARomero:

    I already know I’m leaving the laptop at home when I go on my first real vacation in six years next month. The only thing missing form this scene is your other half.

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    I’m so addicted to my Blackberry I’ve come to refer to it as my “Crackberry.” But something in me longs for the “unplugged” life, especially after reading this fic and looking at that picture.