Can you tell I just watched a football game? Yeah, the big one. Not all that exciting as far as "big games" go. Very defensive. Sorry, I'm rambling. After Anne's funny as hell post yesterday, I figure there's no way to top that so I'm not even going to try. Maybe my brain is numb from the busy week I've had. Just finished a manuscript, got it to my editor and I'm head over heels deep in another that should be completed this weekend so I've been busier than normal.
That wasn't always the case. Last fall, I had an enormous case of Badass Writer's Block. I couldn't think, couldn't write. I was just blah. I suspect I suffered a bit of burn out and I finally gave up and just cut myself some slack. Sometimes we have to do that. Now that the holidays are good and over, I'm back up to speed again. So I guess the bottom line is, blockage doesn't last forever.
Lately I've noticed the loops I play on have been pretty dead and since most of these are writers hang outs, I'm thinking positively and hoping that everyone else is writing, too. Several friends have been going through writers' block and one wrote yesterday to say...YESSSSS, she's finished her manuscript. The first one she's completed in months. I was thrilled for her because it just feels so damn good to get another under your belt after weeks of struggling to get your brain to function.
Wish I had some really good advice for this except to say it happens to all of us at some point. One friend has several WIPS at a time. If she's blocked on one, she simply opens another file and sees if another story/change might work for her. Sounds like a good plan. Much better than mine which is to email everyone I know, shop for shoes or books on the internet, or play solitaire. Um. Not a good method. Others exercise. Okay. That's not for me either unfortunately, considering the size of my butt these days.
One day, I'm certain I'll come up with a neat little trick to jump start a lagging manuscript. I'm optimistic. For now, I'm just happy I'm done with it for awhile and I'm on the road to recovering from my major case of 'brain drain'.
On a personal note: Just learned that two of my stories will be released in seperate print anthologies by Ellora's Cave sometime this spring. Tempting Turquoise includes Amy Ruttan, Elaine Lowe and myself. The other, Torrid Topaz, features Lolita Lopez, Shawn Lane, Kate Willoughby and myself. No definite date yet but I was very surprised and pleased by the news. Not a bad way to end the week.