Blink, blink, blink

Posted on August 27th, by Molly in Blog. No Comments

The cursor on my screen is not sliding along, uncovering words gracefully expressing great ideas. No. It isn’t moving. Blink…Blink…Blink. The weather is lovely, so maybe a gardening adventure will rejuvenate me. Cutting back the roses and spotting crocus and daffodils, that would be fun!….. But I have agreed to stay right here and work on any of three projects. I have been at this writing thing long enough to know that sometimes, I have to grab the muse by her long flowing gown and sit ‘er down. I will stay here because I have prepared for such moments.
My writing space is full of memories of those who inspire me to keep at it. The cover photo my son took of a great man whose life I wrote down. Gifts from students who believe in me. Paintings and poems from my other son. Just-for-pretties to prove that someone will actually care if I write or not.

I also have my well-used tools in reach: two monitors, a printer, a keyboard and mouse, a fountain pen, a variety of ball points and three or four very sharp pencils. I like everything about graphite scratching on a legal pad. I do not write with mechanical pencils. Ever. My latest toy is a cup warmer for my coffee or tea; it reduces the number of trips to the microwave to reheat my drink. Who knows what will happen if I wander off?

When it is tough to get my mind on writing, I am most definitely NOT ALLOWED to surf the internet. I’ve probably already exhausted Facebook and email for the day, so no going there, either. I’ve prepared for these days. I have created a real, physical, happy place. If I am lucky, the phone will ring and in a few minutes, I’ll hear myself say, “well, I’ve got to get back to my writing,” and I’ll mean it. When the phone is silent, I turn my brain to the task, jab my fingers at the keyboard, and the cursor quits its mindless blinking. It skids across the screen. I’m writing. I am glad I was prepared.

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