I should be writing today. I told someone – okay, my editor – that I would. But I am not. I am dorking around while I have three stories waiting on me for the paid gig, but inspiration and desire to write eludes me.
So what do I do when I should be writing but I find it task-like and unappealing?
I spam my own Facebook feed with nonsense.
This is not productive and only serves to remind me that other people are more clever than I am … and have more work ethic. And are more mentally disturbed.
What happened to my work ethic?
Oh, right, I never really had any personally. It was just pragmatism disguised as productiveness.The curse of those born in the shadow of the Valley of the Boomers. We work hard when necessary but we prefer coasting. Just look at President Obama if you don’t believe me.
I was talking about my contribution to the household finances the other day with Jade, the owner of the yoga studio where I teach, I mentioned that Rob smiles fondly at me when I talk about my paycheck. That smile reserved for cute children and pets.
“Awwww … she’s so sweet when she thinks she’s contributing.”
Because monetarily, I am not so much.
My heavy lifting is kind of just that as I make the trains run like the house’s wife should – efficiently and looking quite fetching as I do so.
And it’s not as if my husband doesn’t give due credit or is anything other than appreciative. He just thinks my fixation on my money-making endeavors – the blog stuff in particular – is not worth my worry.
If I write and get paid – awesome, and if I slack, well, then I do. It’s not like the compensation is commensurate with the effort. And that’s the problem. I put in time for a token and though I am not creating a Huffpo empire for someone exactly, I am not creating much for myself either. I am an Internet content serf.
So, I vacillate. One month, I pour it on and the next? Meh.
I was asked recently when I was going to open my own yoga studio.
“No plans for that,” I said. I’d just spent a week holding down the fort for Jade while she was on her yoga cruise, and there is no glamour in running a studio – though the studio itself is glamorous and I always get a little thrill when I open and close up. It has, frankly, a feeling of purpose that regurgitating news sans personal commentary doesn’t.
But I am not sure I am up to run a business on my own though it would be sort of awesome.
Or I could just go back to fiction writing and pretend that people read my blog.
Poised. I am in a constant state of poised. Where is the tipping point? Poised seems frozen and first runner-up.
If only patience was one of my virtues but then I would probably be a famous blogger if that were the case.