I have quite a few friends that are real writers. They have published books, articles and poetry. I’ve never asked them, but I am sure at least one, if not all of them, have from time to time suffered from writers block. Which, as we know, is a length of time when no words move from your brain to your fingers.
I am NOT at the same level as my published friends, but I will say, after the longest dry spell I’ve had in the 2 years of 15,000 miles, I think I know how they feel when this happens. For the last two weeks, I’ve been stuck in the middle of a bad case of Bloggers Block
It was strange, I’d come home, look at the computer, and, for the first time, nothing popped into my head. There were times I would even sit and just try to come up with something, to no avail.
To be honest, the last two weeks have not been much fun, which could be part of it. Work has sucked, Manchild and I had to have it out about his grades, and it just has not been a time conducive to creativity. I honestly found myself considering shutting down the blog and retiring. Then wondering if anyone would notice if I did.
So today, while sitting here and reading the Kindle, I remembered when the Mathmajor went to Nationals in Speed Skating, and hid in the bathroom (as told here in “A Dad Challenge“) I convinced him to get out there and try, just skate two laps, and it worked. I figured. “What the Hell” I would sit down and see what came out as I typed, maybe finding the Eye of the Tiger. In all honesty, I like blogging very much, so I am hoping this will kick it in for me, like it did the Mathmajor. We’ll see.
Of course, now, I have to decide what to write here. I am pretty sure we will be looking at a bit of a hodge podge here, so bear with me.
As silly as it sounds, the last two weeks have been a pretty darn good nature period of time. Both in the back yard and on the bike.
I am not sure about your neck of the woods, but here in the northwest, we have a species of wild pigeon, known as the ring-necked pigeon. They are MUCH bigger than the “rats with wings” you see in the city being fed by old guys in the park. They are also much more timid.
I tell you this because one has taken a liking to our bird bath in the back yard.
He comes time and time again to this same place, and even though it’s really too small for him, he drinks and splashes and makes himself at home. Sadly, our boy cat, who is NOT allowed to go outside, can not resist rushing out the back door to chase him off. This bird is as big as he is, and I really don’t know what the heck he’d do if he ever caught the poor thing. Lucky the pigeon is faster.
On the other end of the scale, our buddy Norbert the hummingbird has been around a LOT.
Need a closer view?
I will tell you this 3 inch bird is FEARLESS! Last night I watched him buzz right in front of the boy cat, at his level, at the open door! He just stared at him, and then buzzed away as if to say, “Go ahead cat, make my day!” I couldn’t help but giggle. Mewson (the boy cat) however did NOT see the humor.
Finally, during last evenings quick 3o mile bike ride, I had to stop and snap this of the blue heron hanging out along the slough.
In other news, I was called upon to help with one of my lesser skills, editing. Yes, Yes I know, with the typos I have some of you will think “Why the HELL would they pick you?” But, I have always been better at finding other people’s errors than my own.
The first was at work. A friend, reader of the blog, and member of the marketing department asked me to read over “Five tips for your first naked bicycle ride“. She came to me to make sure “A real cyclist wouldn’t think these were dumb!” It made me feel good to have someone seek me out as a real cyclist. I also found them hilarious!
Even better, was one of my author friends. I was asked to be one of the first readers of his next book, and help pick which ending I liked best. It will sound silly, but as an avid reader, there is just something very satisfying and special about being one of the very first people in the world to read a book. I just hope I helped.
So all in all, the last two weeks hasn’t been ALL bad. More importantly. the post I was forcing myself to write just sort took over and it was fun. Maybe I am back in the saddle! Time will tell.
Like the wind y’all!