Thursday, November 6, 2008

Whine and Cheese

October and early November are turning out to be pretty uninspired months for me. I'm going to chance whining a little bit here, hoping that it will either magically turn into interesting writing, or that it will cathartically dispel some pressure and other icky feelings. At the very least, when these writing doldrums pass, as I'm confident they will, I'll have documented yet another case of "This too shall pass," to reassure my fellow writers as well as my future uninspired selves.

Getting word out about the blog turned out to be a real time sink, and an hour here and an hour there of adding names to my address list, finding people on facebook, editing and resending an invite, etc, doesn't leave me feeling very accomplished. Not like writing a good post or a couple of good paragraphs. And, go figure, now that I've got a hundred people roped in I have less than usual to say. Want your money back?

I just now finished revising chapter two, which took longer than chapter one even though I rewrote less of it. Definitely not filling me the way fixing chapter one did. It feels substandard and yet there's not much more I can do right now. I anticipate each subsequent chapter will require less work but still, this is taking way longer than I thought. Meanwhile, my magic bank account --- the savings that partially fund my current part-time writing schedule --- which miraculously avoided shrinking for the first few months, has not just shrunk finally but "caught up," which means my new routine will have to come to an end at some point.

And speaking of disappearing money, I paid a hefty sum two weeks ago to get my hellishly slow computer up to speed, and it performed like a normal computer for maybe ten days, and is suddenly slower than ever.

I wish someone would invent a computer you could punch without damaging.

Circumstances like this make it easy to question a lot of things, not so much about my writing ability (thankfully that's not suffering this time), but about my plans, my goals, my strategy. Is this blog worth the time? Will I be revising my manuscript for years before I can submit it? Will it be years before I can start a new project? Should I look into methamphetamine?

I need a boost dammit. One or two good days of kick ass writing and revision. Even if I'm not as far as I thought by next summer I want to be able to look back on significant progress.

Silver lining: Thanks to the puppy we're dogsitting, whose bowels have no snooze button, I'm getting to the gym every morning. Complimented with a no-carb diet I've been able to lose five pounds in the last ten days. I'm eating a lot of cheese.

And then there's that well-spoken young man getting elected president, which I rather enjoyed.

Chapter 3 here I come. Wheeee.

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Chapter 2 - I'll read it and give you an honest opinion if you want one.

Diets don't work. By their very nature they are transitory and therefore a temporary fix at best and an opening into a yo-yo world of elation and depression as your weight goes up down and up again. It will go up again because you lose weight, get to your goal and stop diet, start eating again. What you need to do is re-educate yourself to eat a healthy balanced diet that matches your output. Sad to say but if you're sitting at the computer a lot you most likely need to eat less than you did before. Removing an entire food group is not healthy. Rant over.

Jub said...

Why would you have to wait years to start a new project? That could be the break you need from MAX for a bit. You don't have to publish your work in chronological order either. You may have to alter your situation (job wise)to be able to live but not right away. I think you're too tense (or intense). I LOVE the way you write and would hate it if you burned out. Jub

Amanda said...

Also, your blood sugars and body functions will be so out of whack you will suffer depression and mood swings. Need I say more?

jim cooney said...

Amanda, I have to admit, one of the joys of the Atkins diet is how much it irritates foodies such as yourself. : ) You know what I did yesterday? Ate nearly half a jar of peanut butter. I haven't touched a whole grain in weeks. Bwah ha ha ha!

Amanda said...

Your body, your choice. I have no sympathy for your self-inflicted symptoms though. I'll bet you tea & toast & marmite with baked beans on top with a smidge of grated cheddar you regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but soon, oh so very soon...

Par C said...

Listen to Amanda. If I'd known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. If you eat well your body will thank you later. And Amanda, I didn't realize blood sugar levels would affect mood but yes it stands to reason.That part will affect you now. LISTEN to Amanda.

Amanda said...

Jim, you know Mum's always right!!

Still feeling icky?? (para 1) GO EAT A BIG BOWL OF PASTA

jim cooney said...

Dammit, Amanda. Now see what you've done?

Amanda said...

Mmmmm pasta, dripping with pesto and cheese....go on, you know you want to!