writer's block

So, as you know I'm trying to do the NaNoWriMo this year. I've gotten almost 5,000 words into it (4,753 if you want to be technical about it), which isn't much at all when you're aiming for 50,000 by the end of the month. And now I'm stuck - I haven't written a word in three days!

I'm warding off a panic attack by telling myself that this is just a silly exercise that I entered into voluntarily, and that finishing a certain number of words by a certain date is not a big deal. What is a big deal, to me, is that after months of putting writing on the back burner, I've gotten back into it. So, if I don't finish this novel in November - that's ok (or so I tell myself), so long as I finish it. But despite that terribly Zen attitude, I'm very annoyed that I'm stuck at the moment.

I'm also annoyed with blogger (still no response regarding the thievery of my old blog). But I have determined that the thief seems to be some kind of automated soulless "bot" - and some of the permalinks for the old posts now re-direct to ads for things like cellphone ringtones - UGH! My friend K-Dragon is in the process of moving his blog over to wordpress, and is totally in love with the services they offer there. He thinks I should jump ship as well, and I just might.

But, on the brighter side, I finished Between the Bridge and the River earlier this week (it was can't-stand-to-put-it-down good, though it is a bit R-rated, lol), watched The Number 23 (it was pretty good, but not fabulous .. lots of twists and turns, all of which you could see coming from a mile off), and I finally got my butt over to the library to find out what's going wrong with my orchid fledgling. I picked up two books on orchids (think I have the situation figured out now), two books on bonsai (it's amazing), and went looking in fiction for a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera, but they were all checked out so I picked up a copy of Ulysses . I got to page four before I developed a headache, so I think it's going back without any further reading. I like to give it a try periodically - thinking that someday it will make sense and I will enjoy it, but so far, it just makes me feel stupid and grumpy. I think I will start the book Yen recommended instead :)

I also ordered my new cellphone yesterday - can't wait - it's so spiffy, but I digress :)

8 comments:

compulsive writer said...

Oh I have read all the Jasper Fforde books and love them dearly. Brilliant books. And I love having my blog on wordpress--except blogger is better for photos.

Anonymous said...

Ulysses is hard to understand, but then so are we Irish! See: http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/article.php?id=6

CelticTigger

LuluBunny said...

CW -
I've only managed to get a few pages into the Fforde book, but I like it a lot so far! La Yen could totally become a professional book recommender :) And I'm still just pondering the move to WP. I'd kind of like to just stay put - and I kind of think the whole thing wasn't really blogger's fault anyway - though they could bother to respond!

LuluBunny said...

Tigger -
So glad you stopped by :) And yes, I am aware that ya'll can be a bit cryptic - some more than others *wink* - I would rank Joyce at about a 27 on a scale of 1-10! But none of you are simple - I seem to recall a certain Cheshire Cat grin that often brought it's owner up to about a 15 on the same scale :)

I read the article you gave the link for, and I think I might try giving Ulysses another chance before I return it (it sounds worth it). But I can see clearly that this is going to have to be something I don't endeavor to tackle while the tv is on or my mother is trying to talk to me. I don't have the brain cells to concentrate hard enough with all those distractions, LOL :)

Wolfie said...

Oh dear..have a cup of coffee (or tea) try to relax..maybe some ideas will come to u..

b. said...

I did not love the Number 23.
We watched it Halloween night. Not my fave.
I do, however, really want to read Love in the time of Cholera. I'm hoping you get to it before I do, then you can review if for me!

LuluBunny said...

Wolfie -
Thanks :) and taking a break from writing did help me - I have ideas again - Hallelujah! Now, the only problem is finding the time to write them down and try to catch up in the word count. (was up until 5am this morning doing just that).

LuluBunny said...

b.-
I will absolutely let you know what I think of the book when I get to it, but don't go by my opinion :) - I have weird taste (e.g. - I think Casablanca is a horrible movie; poorly written, feebly acted, and not romantic in the least).

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