Unfinished Meanwhile: The stuff that hasn't, and may never, be finished.
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Simon Jones Since I started writing 'Meanwhile' back in 1997 (when it was known as 'Meanwhile Back In reality') I have probably deleted, lost or simply abandoned almost as much material as I have published on the website. In the past I have written partial or even whole articles that have failed to excite me and therefore never made it as far as a final draft.

Of course the articles I enjoy writing most are the ones that are written in one go and require only minor editing afterward. However quite often the words, sentences and paragraphs have to be squeezed out, like the last smears of toothpaste from a crumpled and nearly used up tube.

Sometimes I start an article and simply run out of creativity or direction. The piece just dies on the screen in front of me, like an extra being killed in a low budget TV movie. On other occasions time constraints don't allow me to 'stay in the groove' and I have to put the piece 'on the back burner' for later.

What I've decided to do here is release the 'Meanwhile's' that, for whatever reason, never made it to a final draft. They may yet be revived or borrowed from in some way, but for now they remain part of the unpublished collection. Each article has 'time of death' notes at the foot of the main text.

-- 2005 --
10.05.05 - The drive More than just a journey from A to B.
10.05.05 - Sunday best Is the hardest place to be a Christian in a church?
04.04.05 - Where life ends At what point should medical science step aside?
03.04.05 - Dear Mr President An open letter to the President of the United States.
21.03.05 - Hello sunshine The first chance of the year to get the hood down and go.
23.02.05 - As yet untitled Corporate coffee culture under the microscope.

-- 2004 --
01.11.04 - As yet untitled Life's soundtrack.
05.02.04 - Don't fear the reaper Writing to my future self.
01.01.04 - As yet untitled When you're bored and on a transatlantic red-eye flight (Part II).
01.01.04 - As yet untitled When you're bored and on a transatlantic red-eye flight (Part I).

-- 2003 --
08.12.03 - Driving without headlights Feeling frustrated at not being able to help.
31.07.03 - Jet lag Exploring the joys of jet lag.
25.06.03 - Car crash sunset The beginnings of a lot of bent out of shape metal.
12.06.03 - As yet untitled A meandering piece about weddings.



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