Been there, not done that

I have been on blog-hiatus.

It was not by choice, per se, it just sort of worked out that way. The last few weeks have been teacher-hectic, getting ready for a new school year and all, but that is a rather lame excuse. ‘Writers block’ has been an issue this summer, though truthfully, lately it has been more like ‘writers-detour’ – plenty of adventures-in-mundane-fonts begun, but…

Just one of those stretches, I guess.

Even my old standby technique of going through my collection of notebooks to resurrect incomplete pseudo-masterpieces or just get a spark from something I once thought worthy of putting on a page hasn’t generated much.

I am in an un-funky writing funk.

Not that I haven’t been trying; my blog file has been filling up with a weird assortment of vague idea outlines, some interesting opening paragraphs, half-germinated seedlings of a post. My blog file in Word resembles the inside of my refrigerator door; half-filled bottles of tasty dressings and condiments with crusted on lids (secondary asides…probably not enough for a full-fledged post) some great ideas I forgot I had until I see, then gleefully grab the jar only to find the contents well past their expiration date, and a few stray odds and ends that just leave me scratching my head, wondering “Why did I ever get or save THIS?”

I can’t even coax a decent haiku about baseball or Bourbon Street out of my right-brain.

Oh well. A new school year is upon us, and in just two days with students I have garnered a couple of tidbits that should work their way under the ol’ masthead. In the meantime, I keep plugging away, seeking that creative flint that will spark…

Eh. Too cliché.

Writer’s block is just part of the deal a writer makes with the devil that is creativity. It happens. The trick is to not give up, not give in, not entertain words like failure. You need to keep plugging away, seeking that metaphorical writer’s-Viagra…

Damn. Really bad analogy.

I guess I need to keep looking for that mindless behavior to chronicle, that moronic turn of phrase to ridicule. No, I don’t do politics in this space; writing about political foibles is too easy. Its like cheating on your mistress, muse….like using a rhyming dictionary to finish a poem….like stabbing your food with a chopstick….its like…like…

Ah, the scourge of writers block. As a proctologist friend of mine used to say, “This, too, shall pass.”


7 thoughts on “Been there, not done that

  1. kayroseland August 12, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Huh. Guess I’m not a real writer. After 3+ years of Shareology, I have no file of half. written posts. If they are bad, a warning light
    Goes off and I kill the piece. Consider taking a camera along. The NOLA images might spark your writing urge. Later today I’m kicking one out on a architectural tour I took yesterday. But then to be honest, if my words form appealing sentences, it’s more of an accident


    • poetluckerate August 12, 2012 / 3:00 pm

      You are a fine writer; its more our differences in personality….my scattered thoughts here/thoughts there that I try to jot down/type-save/whatever. Bar napkins, old envelopes, box tops. You are more focused and willing to let go quicker than I am. I admire that! And I do have a camera with…my cell phone! ;-{) I have some great pics, but not a fully formed thopught around most of them. In time my dear, in time…


  2. slpmartin August 12, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    Ah…I’ll bet that as soon as you stand in front of the classroom and the kids start talking you’ll find your block is gone. 🙂


    • poetluckerate August 12, 2012 / 3:03 pm

      Heh, heh…yeah, I have a couple already after just two days – but mostly its ground I covered in previous posts. One new story I’ll be sharing later this week…but Im thinking the kid in question is going to bless me with at least a couple more gems by midweek… ;-{)


  3. oncealittlegirl August 12, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    No inspiration from the Olympics?
    Don’t worry. A new school year will bring plenty of fodder for the fire.


    • poetluckerate August 13, 2012 / 6:15 pm

      Some inspiration, nothing that wasn’t cliche. ;-{)
      You’re right, its gonna come along…


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