Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Soul Music

"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
John Steinbeck

I was awakened this morning to the crashing sound of hail all around the house. I drank my coffee while watching the crystaline beads destroying the plants outside my window. I turned on the computer and pulled up Kristen Lamb's insightful post Bracing for the Impact-The Future of Big Publishing in the New Paradigm. I wanted to crawl back to bed and pull the covers over my head. This day was not starting out well. I know she didn't mean to affect me like this, just one of my blah days I guess.

When I got up, again, I read my emails, Facebook, checked Twitter and read blogs on Triberr and Tweeted but I couldn't do the one thing a writer is suppose to do, write. I was un-inspired. Sorry, can't bring up the juices when they won't flow.

I turned back to John Steinbeck, hoping for inspiration and found: 
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it." 

Yeah, already got that--can't control my inspiration on my writer's journey. I read on, 
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."

Okay, forget the writer-ly advice. This is far from inspiring me. I turned to the only thing that works for me--music--rock on momma! 

Okay, now I feel better.  
What do you do on your blah days? Advice anyone?

Tags: soul music, writer, writer inspiration


Unknown said...

Oh, yes, I've had those days. What works for me is taking the dog for a walk. I don't think I'd do that while it's hailing though. Music perks me up but I don't find inspiration, too busy dancing or singing. Better days will be ahead.

Kim Griffin said...

When I'm really feeling blah, I turn on some familiar music that transports me and I sing. Then I grab some coloring books and sit with my kids and color or just watch them and it usually makes me feel better.

Great post, Cora!


Cora said...

Took a walk with my dogs today--much better.

Cora said...

Don't have coloring books, but pulling weeds in the garden worked today.