08 November 2011

Stumbling Around The Block

This is serious, folks.  This is the worst case of writer's block I've had in three years.  The weather is foggy in my head.  I cannot figure out how to make it lift.

I know this is a first-world problem, and it doesn't threaten to destabilize anything else in my life.  So I am grateful for it to be so.  It does have me troubled.  I like to write.  Writing has come to mean much to me, catharsis, therapy, creative fulfillment, quiet joy.  Exploring the Cave of Wonders that is my head provides me with heat and light for the soul.

The hearth is getting cooler.  The fire is burning low.  In the little cottage of my heart, I lie on the bunk huddled under blankets and watch the tiny flames sputter and dim.  I want to arise and throw more wood on the embers, but the bin is empty save for a few twigs and a scrap of bark.  Wind knocks on the door, beckoning me outside to forage for fuel.

But it is warm here under the blankets, and I am tired.


  1. Even when you have writer's block, you manage to write very approachable images.

    It's okay to be tired sometimes.

  2. Wow that's some writer's block. Maybe you should hibernate for a bit.

  3. *puts my arms around IG in silent comfort*

  4. C'mon Gumbo, you can do it. Let your mind go to a place like a freight train...hear the whistle, feel the wind...ride the country side and hear the words whispered on the wind...chug chug chug chug chug...

  5. If that’s what you call writer block, then I want some of that, you write more eloquently that most even when you are claiming to have writers block.

  6. You've got a lot on your plate. Fatigue, writer's block, and anxiety would seem like reasonable symptoms.
    I think I'm going into my hibernation early this year... The blankets are especially cozy!

    Hang in there.

  7. Time to ease up on yourself. It's normal to have a little blockage (we are talking writing here) once in awhile, so just go with it and the writing will return. You are a writer, so it's inevitable. Meantime, stay warm, Irish.

  8. http://www.getoutthebox.org/

    Here's a little encouragement... I loved this. Hope it helps you.

  9. http://vimeo.com/24715531

    Sorry about that. Copied the wrong one... Here's the "encouragement".

  10. November tends to be a fallow time of year for me, too. I think it was all the pumpkin ale in October.

  11. Put it in neutral and coast a bit, you've got a good engine and plenty of gas, brother.


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...