Desperate Times…


My husband loves me, and he likes to randomly bust in while I am writing to say hi or to steal a cigarette. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but when I’m writing, I need to focus. I am very easily distracted. It takes me a while to get in the zone and truly focused, but if something distracts me, I’m back at ground zero. It is terribly inconvenient. I generally end up getting super pissy with he distracts me, and then I have to apologize for it later.

So today, I truly have a lot to accomplish before I can go to sleep. I have to be at work at 10 p.m. and I have to go to school after that. With all of the end of semester papers due, I have gotten a total of 3 hours of sleep the past two days…..So….. if at all possible, sleep would be nice. This is my attempt at maintaining focus, being productive, avoiding an argument, and avoiding serious sleep deprivation. I was worried at first when I couldn’t find any tape, but what the hell? Who needs tape?

I would stick around and chat, but…. You know….


Writer’s Block: It’s the End of the Semester, and My Brain is Shutting Down



So, here it is, the end of the semester… One more week of classes, and then finals week is upon me. This is truly the WORST time to be battling a serious case of writer’s block, but I can’t seem to find my way around it. I’m not even sure why they call it “writer’s block.” I CAN write, I just can’t write anything worth a damn. 

It doesn’t help that I have a research paper due on Wednesday on the literary purpose of the women in William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning.” I also have to completely rewrite a 20-page short story by the end of the week. It also doesn’t help that I am particularly fond of the short story the way it is, but my professor thinks it’s “too much story for a short story.” So, I’m tasked with dumbing it down and getting rid of one of the most interesting aspects of the entire story altogether. 

I know that pretty much all writers find themselves faced with writer’s block at some point, but do you have more trouble when you are overwhelmed, or is it just me? 

Agh! Please tell me there’s a magic pill I can take that will clear my head and motivate me to finish this stuff up, so I can move on to winter break! …. And next semester… (finally getting my foreign language out of the way, the last of my gen ed classes) German 101, German 102, History of Narrative Film, English Studies, and Survey of Early American Lit… Whooooo!