Writer’s Block

I was trying to post every day in November, but I hit a roadblock on the Friday after Thanksgiving when I tried to write a response to the death of the New York Walmart employee in the early-morning rush to make sure they got the bargain of the day.

Unfortunately, everything I tried to write (over several days) sounded too sanctimonious, too pretentious, or just plain didactic. I'm pretty sure I've sounded that way before to various readers, and I've definitely sounded that way to my high school students.

But when I sounded that way to myself, I just couldn't push the "Publish Now" button. So you've been spared another Emersonian lecture.

Unfortunately, the weather has turned into a photographer's nightmare around here. There wasn't a decent day in the four-day weekend. I was determined to get out today, but it was either foggy or raining all day long, not even a half hour sun break so I get down to the boathouse.

Until something breaks, posting will be light around here as I make Christmas cookies, go to Yoga and Tai Chi classes, and take Skye for a walk in the rain. Oh, and play Mario Kart on the Wii, trying to improve my consistently last-place finish.

4 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. I have the same problem. It seems like the more important a topic is to me, the less I’m able to pull it all together into something I’m proud of.

    We have some family coming in this weekend, so we’ll be cooking some Christmas cookies, too. I don’t think there’s anything better than warm Chrismtas cookies!

  2. As I read your post today about why you haven’t posted for a few days, I remembered the woodcarving you do during this part of the year when the days are short and dark because of the cloud cover. I can picture your photos of your woodcarving from previous years.

    What I’ve been finding is that I have had writer’s block in the realm of making comments on other people’s blogs as well as writing on my blog. After working on a comment or a blog post, I find myself unable to post it for the reasons you described. Thanks for writing about that.

  3. I know the feeling Loren. All I can say is, when all else fails read some RS Thomas for inspiration. I so enjoyed your dissertations on Thomas when I first started reading your blog – I am always hoping for more.

  4. I wanted to write something on this, and the Lori Drew trial, but both are so emotionally loaded, I don’t have the energy to deal with any reactions.

    I haven’t felt overly enthused about posting myself.

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