“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dalí

My mother just recently posted a meme to my Facebook wall. It was from a writing FB group, and the text of it read “Focus on the story, not the sentence.”

My response: “But…but….but, I must make that sentence perfect. And then, because I changed *it*, I must go back and make ALL the preceding sentences agree with what I just said.
And while I am doing that, another thought occurs to me about how to make this other particular c
lunky thing work better, and now I have to go through and make changes to the appropriate sentences that *it* touches on.
And that is how I can spend four hours on three paragraphs.”

Mom: “I think that may be classified as OCD!”

MRW I read over my own words.

I suspect other writers do this same thing, at least to an extent. The trick is, of course, to keep writing and writing and writing and then go back through for editing.

I have not yet managed that trick.
I think what I am doing now, sitting down at least every day or so and putting pen to paper (or, rather fingers to keyboard), is a good start. It is better than I had been doing while in the Pit of Despair.

 Anxiety sucks. It sucks all the will and life and words right out of you.

So, being able to sit down and write again is a blessing. And there has been a tickle of fiction mixed in there too; not just my normal whining that I do here.

"Lord bitch. You don't write. you whine."  [I maybe getting that quote a little wrong.]
“Lord bitch. You don’t write. You whine.”
[I may be getting that quote a little wrong.]
At any rate, writing = good.
Writing fiction sections = very good.
Learning to not overanalyze every single thing I do/write = also good.

As a way to motivate myself, I am going to try and put up some snippets of the words that I do write.
You know, and keep to the actual premise of this blog in the first place.

What would you do if I sang out of tune....
What would you do if you weren’t afraid? 
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Soooo, Shake Your Shimmy

Between being sick and some personal issues, depression has been knocking on the door.

I woke up this morning and decided that I needed to sing this song* to myself. It’s like my normal self is singing to what my friend Rowan calls Traitor Brain. It’s that part of yourself that tells you the lies that anxiety and depression live on.

Sister, you’ve been on my mind
Sister, we’re two of a kind
So, sister, I’m keepin’ my eye on you.

I betcha think I don’t know nothin’
But singin’ the blues, oh, sister,
Have I got news for you, I’m something,
I hope you think that you’re something too

Scufflin’, I been up that lonesome road
And I seen alot of suns going down
Oh, but trust me,
No-o low life’s gonna run me around.

So let me tell you something Sister,
Remember your name, No twister
Gonna steal your stuff away, my sister,
We sho’ ain’t got a whole lot of time,
So-o-o shake your shimmy Sister,
‘Cause honey the ‘Shug’ is feelin’ fine.

___
ETA:  This does not mean that I can sing depression away. Doesn’t work like that. What it does mean is that a flutter of light appeared at the same moment that depression started to rear its terrible head.

* – Link included if you want to sing along.
Original song sung by Tata Vega

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Now is the Time for Me to Rise*

My friends, I must ask you a question.

When did writing become so hard? When did it become a chore to drag a word, a thought, a process out of the black hole of my <admittedly capricious> brain?

I’ll tell you when.

It isn’t age.
Authors have bloomed late in life.

But, I think…at least for me..that is a part of it.

There was a time y’all, when I could sit down and just….write. Words and ideas and dialogue and character motivation just flowed out of me, a river of thoughts. It was awesome. I thought it would last forever – I’m a writer this how I write all y’all so jelly of my ability to pull the words out and fap fap fap and so on and so forth.

But, it didn’t last. At least, not for me.

Now I sit down at the computer and stare sullenly at the blinky cursor. Angry. Sad. DARING the fucking words to just repopulate, once more.

If this were a Disney move, this is the point where I would tell y’all that magical talking mice or a tiny spacebot came and talked me through/took me on zany life-altering adventures.
This isn’t Disney, though.

What this is is the same exact thing that happened to me when I went to college. I had never done super well in school. But, except for a couple of choice classes (I’m looking at you, Maths) I did OK. And it wasn’t terribly hard, at all. I could study the text/notes/cliffnotes the night before and do well on an exam. That plus turning in the big homeworks usually kept my grades to an acceptable level.

But, I hadn’t flexed my study habit muscles. Like, ever. So, when I got to college and they expected me to, you know, actually work? Total shocker. It took a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and desperation (I despise losing) to get to where I was a good student.

And I think? I think that this is what might be happening here. I sit down now with a higher expectation of my writing. It has to go somewhere, do something. Not just exist and take up space.

I blame the English degree.

So, now I sit there and try to force a behavior that doesn’t feel natural to me anymore.

Is it age?
Is it atrophy of the skill?
Is it  something completely different?

Maybe I am wrong about the reasons why I am struggling with fiction so much right now.
I mean, it feels right as an answer, but I have certainly been misguided by my brain before.

I guess the only way I will know is if I sit down and do the work. Break out the blood, sweat, and tears. Desperation, I’ve already got handled, yo.

I still hate losing.

* – Title is from here.
Now is the time for me to rise to my feet (I will be heard)

Git Along Lil Doggies!

I have had a migraine, allergies, a migraine induced by allergies, etc. since August 5th.

This morning I woke and could see sans aura, could breathe (more or less normally), and my head wasn’t pounding like a punk rock drummer hyped up on an unholy mixture of blue meth and Kool-Aid.

I was thrilled!
Ecstatic*!
I bounded out of bed!

And collapsed like a limp and painful noodle on my bedroom floor. Apparently, sometime during the night’s sleep, I went on walk-about. And whilst about my nocturnal ramblings, I also participated in a three round rodeo event with calf roping, bronc busting, and cow-dogging.
That is the only thing that explains the level of twisted, sheer agony now coursing up and down my back, neck, and shoulder.
It absolutely is not that I am 45 years old, out of shape, and spent most of yesterday holed up on the couch in more or less one position, playing video games and feeling sorry for myself.

Nope.
Sleepwalkin’ rodeo.

That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

The entire inside is patterned after small-town Texas.
Yeehaw, motherfuckers.
  • – well, as ecstatic as pre-coffee me can actually get.

Oroborous

A snake crawled into my eye today.
He slithered around my pupil, an Ouroboros of the mind.
His scales brightly flashed dark colors birthed in non-Euclidian maths.

source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Ouroboros.png
source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/Ouroboros.png

He was born from a vaguely lotus shaped blob in the middle of my vision.
The petals were the exact hue of daytime winter lightning.
The blob appeared when the elevator-caused vertigo wrapped clammy fingers around my temples.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sacred_lotus_Nelumbo_nucifera.jpg
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sacred_lotus_Nelumbo_nucifera.jpg

Eventually, the snake slithered off my eye and down my neck.
My scalp pulled away from my neck, bunching in anticipation of a venomous strike.

I can feel him waiting.
Waiting to encircle my head, the roots, my Yggdrasil.

Source: From Northern Antiquities, an English translation of the Prose Edda from 1847. Painted by Oluf Olufsen Bagge.
Source: From Northern Antiquities, an English translation of the Prose Edda from 1847. Painted by Oluf Olufsen Bagge.

I hope he goes back to sleep.

Sometimes my own FB amuses the hell out of me

I am a bad, bad gamerMom.

The Girl is playing ‪#‎Destiny‬ and is doing a particularly hard level. A Rare Engram appears and she is all “Must.Collect.Rare.Engram!!” Meanwhile, 9,000 enemies are actively trying to wipe her character off the map.

TG: Must. Collect!! <in Dalek accent>
Me: Oh, it’s surrounded by all those bad guys tho! Too bad it has a time limit for how long it will be there.
TG: ….
Me: Good luck!! *walks quickly away*

feeling trolololololol.

Sales Weasels and Other Oddities

Things are transitioning at work again. I’m not particularly pleased, but it is a job and I am grateful to be making some money. I’m just not especially happy with going back to a sales position.

Sales.

Oy. Vey.

Source:http://endofempires.wikia.com/wiki/Moti_Savanna_Weasel
Source:http://endofempires.wikia.com/wiki/Moti_Savanna_Weasel

I wish that there were a job (that I could get hired for, mind) where I could go in every day and write articles, technical documents, and fiction. Oh!  And wrangle social media and play video games. You know, for money.

That’d be super maxi awesome.

(You can tell by my use of the phrase “super maxi awesome” that I would be *AWESOME* at it.)

I know jobs like that exist. I am just not exactly sure how one goes about acquiring one. I’ll keep looking into it, though. If I find it, I’ll let you guys know.

In the meanwhile, I am still planning on doing the vlog (oooh! a technical term!) of the spooky story I mentioned in a previous post. I am actually ridiculously excited about this project. I hope you guys like it. Scary, creepy stories are my favorites.

Halloween season should start mid-September. Don’t y’all agree?  And maybe extend until the second week of November. A black and orange parade of candy, creepy music, spooky stories, and the occasional fire.

Just no possessed dolls. Because that shit ain’t funny, yo.