Thursday, January 15, 2009


Here I am posting another entry on my blog. Yay for me. Or not?

Earlier this week, when the second assignment directions were posted for the online writing workshop I'm taking, I was excited. I followed the directions for the beginning of the assignment. Read; pause and do without looking farther; read; pause and do...and so on. I was able to do the preliminaries pretty quickly.

Okay, so I stumbled a bit with the first "pause and do." But I did it. And once I let myself go past the "list five xxx" and I listed seven, I found my stride. The assignment is about writing a story that is hard for some reason. It's more complicated than that - but that's one of the basics.

Still, I found what I was supposed to find from the opening exercise. I've attempted to write it once on screen-paper, once on paper paper, and three false starts in my head. Arghhh! To get feedback from the facilitator, the story has to be posted by tomorrow. It is 11:30 pm now and I have to leave the house at 6:15 AM to get to work. I just packed my food for the day (I will be out all day, again) because I have finally accepted that I am not a person who can get up a little early in the morning and make my lunch. It just doesn't work; so I have discovered that it generally works to do it the night before. I then just have to remember to take it with me. I aided myself in that endeavor, too, by putting my lunch box with the extra heavy duty ice pack inside right in front of the front door. I will have to move it out of the way to take it with me.

See how easily I get distracted from the task at hand?

So - my story. Which is unwritten. Which I was excited about from the warm-up but it never materialized.

Now what? I can lose a little more sleep and write (if it will come out) or I can post something else I'm working on. I do have something which is related to the thing I was going to write about. And this is all perfectly "legal" in the workshop ... I just like writing new stories and thought this one was a "go..." .

I think I'll give it one more shot, now that I have my mini-rant about not writing it out of the way.

Wish me luck!