Foul-Weather Mood

Posted by on Feb 10, 2009 in Writing | 7 comments

slushyWhat a change from yesterday’s green-day bouyancy. The weather mimics my current mood: slushy and gray.

I only had one day-job task today, and it should have taken 30 minutes. Instead, one hiccup led to another, and then it was noon. By then, the weather had turned most foul, and I found myself pacing my apartment in restlessly annoyed agitation. I’ll admit it: Today the day-job interfered with my fiction.

Now I want to throw in the damp, smelly towel (the one I used to dry off the dog after our walk) on the day. This is the struggle with fiction: getting it done despite our foul-weather moods. Am I right, or am I right?

I had a goal: work through a significant portion of my revision notes. I was going to go to th—okay, wait, the electricity just flickered off, the monitor went black but came back, thankfully. I’d best hurry because there might be more of that. But this is my mood! I’m flickering off for the day. I want to head back to bed.

As I was saying, I had a revision plan that included a coffee house, but now I’m not into people. I need a compromise that gives in a little to my slushy mood but not all the way in. Sometimes, the only way I progress is by negotiating with myself. Do you do this?

petsI’ve experienced many a fiction-curtailed funk. Who hasn’t? I’m trying to remember what I’ve done in the past to settle myself down into that special state of mind that my stories like from me, that brain-space that’s fluid and steady and calm, exactly where I’m not at the moment.

In the past, I’ve told myself to write one page. Just one, then I can quit. Often, of course, this leads to more. Today, I hereby coax myself to remedy five bullets-worth of revision notes, the easiest ones. Five easy fixes, that’s all.

And, to further lull me into getting the work done, I shall do this in my unmade bed. What’s the point of a laptop if not getting cozy with it in an emergency situation? The cat and dog are snuggled in and snoozing away at this very moment. So, I’ll join them with laptop and revision notes in hand.

7 Comments

  1. Oh, good luck on those five easy fixes! I think you’re so right to begin with the do-able and hope that jumpstarts the more-difficult-to-do.

  2. And it worked too! Yay!

  3. Sometimes starting with something easy helps to motivate us forward. Keep dancing…

  4. Foul. Flu. They both start with F. They both make for Fiction.

  5. You’re so right, Naomi. Easy is the way in.

    Hi Querulous–saw your flu post. Nice!

  6. Luna seems to have found the best place in the house! Bravo to your pets’ support! Ain’t it grand to work in a “warm” place?

  7. Love working in a warm place, oh! I’ve been getting quite a bit of work done in the bed lately.

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