Indecision…

"The problem," says Elizabeth Gilbert, "...is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice."   But then, Neil Gaiman (a person I gush over regularly, unlike Elizabeth Gilbert, who, though okay, is given to bromides) says: "Face your…

Moist

Words - I love them. I even love the great huge portmanteau words (a la Alice in Wonderland) that carry loads of meanings between their consonants. I am gently mocked by friends and stared at by strangers when my three-syllable ones tumble out instead of shorter, clearer phrases. It's my sloppy brain filing system. I reach…

FREAKING OUT

Well, that has to be said in all caps. no? I am scurrying about mentally. What the Buddhists say about "monkey mind" - well, I'm waaaaay past that. I am German Tanzmaus scurrying... https://youtu.be/hmMfAvxyBh4 We saw these guys in a pet store in Germany and they actually never stop. I figure I have about three of…

Nanowrimo, or why it’s a darn good thing I’m an introvert

Ah, blissful solitude. Solitude with the sounds of silence or rock and roll or even really old-time gospel music, while my fingers make strange movements and my brain creates a world in my head. It's a strange thing I spend most of my time doing - creating. Either I am wrestling with tiny bits of…

Thats it, I’m done.

I can't do it anymore. I took a break, I tried again, I hated every minute.  I've spent I don't know how many dollars and hours taking writing courses over the years. I took them to learn the trade, to force the inspiration, to try to get closer to some real, for life publication.  I've…

Writing resistance

So, I've just realized a project I thought was nearly done is in fact, only halfway there. It's too short. It's 24,000 words. It should be 35-40,000. I could weep. I'm tempted to send it around as a novella and hope it gets published that way. But I'm also tempted to rewrite the entire thing…

Families, or what would we write about without them?

Saw a mini-van today with a partial stick-figure family on the back - just the dad and the son. The mom and another child had obviously been peeled off (in a fit of pique? In sorrow? In rage?). So I wondered. What happened to the other figures (there might even have been a dog there,…

Missing writing…

I've been taking a holiday from writing of late. It all started with my knee surgery and recovery - then my life was so focused on pain management (knee replacements are not for the shy of pain, and two at once made it quite an intensive focus for a time) and then the resultant MS…

Do you not know me?

It's a line from Moll Flanders, by Defoe. A book from 1722, yet the question is still valid. Do you not know me? Who does know another person? Sometimes I wonder if we all wander about, selves packaged in different boxes, pulling each section out depending own we are with. It's not that we are…

So, about that being a writer….

from:http://writerscircle.com/2013/09/writing-perspectives-so-you-want-to-be-a-writer.html So You Want to Be a Writer By Charles Bukowski if it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it. if you have to sit for hours staring at…