The Interminable Indeterminate

For the writer who wishes to be productive, a silent pen—or quiescent keyboard—can be frustrating, an interminable period, the end indeterminate.

The monotone of silence may be the ultimate destination for the average Eastern mystic, but not the mission of the average writer. She instead wishes to avoid the tediousness of the perpetual blankness.

Interminable originates in the Middle English terminable, an adjective describing the capability of being terminated. Thus, interminable, designating annoyingly, unending, and protracted, has its roots in another adjective, proving that even the worst droughts will eventually come to an end.

The time it takes that emptiness to cease, for the seeds of something–anything–fresh to be sewn, however, feels awfully indeterminate. Speaking outside of calculus and algebra, the vagueness of the null set page leaves the creative mind unsettled. Much like interminable, the origin of indeterminate is in the Middle English, as well as Old French, with the Latin source, terminate.

Ultimately, the interminable whitespace, the indeterminate silence will come to an end. One can rest, refresh, assured by the termination of the interminable indeterminate.

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