Just wasting time…

17 04 2008

I haven’t been able to get much writing done lately. I keep getting distracted every time I turn on the computer. I can’t stand to look at that dang blinking cursor. The words just won’t flow. I picked up my guitar, but that didn’t help. Maybe I should handwrite a story? It’s not really writer’s block (I don’t believe in it). I think it’s just … I don’t know.

I say I haven’t written anything, but that’s not exactly true. I’ve written some poems and revised a couple older stories. I think my head is just getting ready to get back into novel-writing mode. I’ve been re-reading the first two books in the YA trilogy, and I am getting antsy. But I don’t want to start writing until I make sure I have all the loose ends together — then all I’ll need to do is find the right knot.

I’ve also responded to a few submissions for Southern Fried Weirdness. But when I don’t get in 5000 words a week, I always feel unproductive. It’s a sickness, really.

I guess I’ll call it a day and start fresh tomorrow…

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32 responses

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
grayrose76

Sorry to hear that, TJ. At the moment 5k a week are so beyond my ability I cannot even feel envy.
Handwriting sometimes helps, and it is a beautiful thing to do.
Poems and revisions all count IMHO. Are you sending the poems anywhere?

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.
I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.

Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

18 04 2008
sonyamsipes

I call it a ‘funk’. Writer’s block could be a real thing, I think… but I have learned that when ‘that’ happens, to write something else. Now a funk — to me — is altogether different. I can feel the WIP looming over me, it’s there, it never leaves my consciousness, but I cannot bring myself to sit down and work on it.
Then one day, I decide to you know, sit down and work on it anyways, and then whoosh, the funk goes away and words flow. I have no idea why that happens.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:
Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I said nothing about the quality of those words…just the quantity. Don’t feel envious. Unless I’m working on a novel, most of these words go towards brief character studies, landscape description, and other things that typically go nowhere as far as a narrative goes.

I’ve sent some poems around here and there. Most of these do not fit the “speculative” genres, so I typically send them out to literary mags. I have a couple under consideration with Ploughshares at the moment.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

19 04 2008
southernweirdo

I think “funk” is a pretty good description for it. But I’ve done some thinking on this post throughout the day and see things from a different perspective:

Reading back over this post it sounds so whiny. I apologize. People are starving in the world, families in war torn nations are ripped apart, and I’m upset I can’t write a few words? Ah well, cue the violin… Seriously. I’m sorry about this one.

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