Writer’s Block

A proper post on writer’s block would, I suppose, be blank.

What I really mean is that I’m having trouble concentrating and writing anything coherent that has a chance of being interesting for people to read.

Got up, complained about knees, procrastinated, ate breakfast with wife, avoided washing up, watched TV, moaned about weather…

It’s not riveting stuff is it? I’m hoping it’s just the normal dull stuff that everyone does. You do all have mornings like that don’t you, it’s not just me? If you don’t, please don’t tell me. It’s bad enough that I’m having a bad day without finding that I’m the most boring man on WordPress.

I’m supposed to be planning, but that didn’t go well either.

The 50 new recipes I’m planning to make by the end of the year have ground to a halt because I have limited enthusiasm for poorly seasoned veggie burgers. It’s the fault of the recipe, but that doesn’t make them taste any better. The Mark 2 version with double seasoning, plus lime juice, lime zest, Henderson’s Relish and half a teaspoon of chilli powder is still bland, though a definite improvement on Mark 1. I may have to resort to using salt, but if I do that I might as well just buy them from a shop.

The killer CV (resume to those of you living in the New World) lives only in my imagination because I’m leaving job applications until after I’m sorted out health-wise. There’s no point getting a job interview if you then have to tell people you’ll be needing time off for medical reasons as soon as you start.

Then there is the redesign of the garden. We’ve neglected it badly for the last few years and it needs some serious attention. It’s an embarrassment. So I’m going to avoid talking about it.Yesterday I bought one of those tools for weeding between paving slabs without bending down. Tomorrow I may get round to using it. Then I will have to decide on the future of the slabs – they aren’t very permaculture…

Finally, fitness and diet.I’m doing more walking and birdwatching so that’s going OK. The diet seems to be working too, but when you think of the failed recipe experiments that’s not a surprise. I suppose some good is coming from those veggie burgers…



18 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. clarepooley33

    I agree with all that has already been said by all your WP friends. It’s not easy to feel energetic and positive when a) the weather is dull and cold, b) you have just lost your job and you’re not sure where to go next, c) you have impending medical treatment, d) your body aches most of the time, e) you are on a diet and you crave tasty and filling food, f) …well, I could go on. I do sympathise and wish you all the best. You are never boring.

  2. tootlepedal

    The secret of being interesting is not the life that you lead but the words that you use to describe it. Now that I have found your blog, I look forward to reading it whenever I see it is appear in my reader because your writing is so vivid. You can make sitting down in an easy chair a great adventure I am sure.

  3. escapetothebarn

    Your post wasn’t boring in the slightest, I found it very comforting as I definitely suffer from days like these, when you’re not necessarily lacking ideas just the energy (or words) to get them down on paper.

  4. Laurie Graves

    You have a lot going on right now, many changes. It’s no surprise that you feel unsettled.Be good to yourself. Also, I enjoy reading about everyday goings-on, and I always look forward to your posts.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Losing a job and dealing with health issues are no small things. Unfortunately, I speak from experience as we have dealt with both. Again, be good to yourself.

      2. Laurie Graves

        Good! It is not selfish to take care of ourselves, to rest when we need it, to give ourselves little treats.

    1. quercuscommunity

      True, but some days it’s hard to keep it in perspective. The garden used to be quite productive but we’ve let it slip back and it always seems harder to do something second time round. I will remember what you say when I start tomorrow… πŸ™‚

  5. Cari

    Your post suggests not writer’s block at all; perhaps just the “blehs” that we are all feeling during these winter months. An attempt at motivation, but a lack of wanting to try. I think you have several different topics in this post alone that would warrant beautiful posts. Good luck on erasing the block and getting back to where you were!


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