You’d think a topic like Writer’s Tuesday would be easy. At least I did. But when writer’s block gets bad around here, it gets real freakin’ bad.
So today I decided to go to
Facebook and Twitter and ask what y’all want to know from a professional writer. I’m glad to say I got enough material to write a halfway presentable entry. Well, at least I did from Facebook.
I increasingly wonder why I bother with Twitter at all.
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Much thanks for letting me bullshit through yet another day here.
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My fundamental quandary, conveniently encapsulated in flow chart form:
Oh Mr. Flow Chart, you have no idea ….
In spite of it all, I still have the energy and desire to write the FCR, albeit a short one this week.
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writing primer proved to be very popular. So much so that I’m seriously considering devoting Tuesdays at SB to a writing workshop of sorts. I’m glad y’all enjoyed it.
When I wrote last week I wasn’t thinking about writing as a school assignment. I personally haven’t done anything like that in over 15 years. However according to my search stats that’s what people want to read about. I should have known better.
It takes a special kind of mutant to do what I do.
This week, I’m happy to oblige.
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Wow, it’s Friday already? This week went by quick.
I guess that’s what happens when you sleep through it.
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Well, I suppose I should get started with this week’s FCR, or something ….
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Σ shares my affinity for computers. For a variety of reasons, she also shares my childhood lack of access to computers.
Entirely different reasons, mind you.
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That means when she’s with me she tends to go a little nuts online. Today was a case in point.
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Y’all have one track minds. Nearly four months later, “
Messing With Spammers” is still SB’s most-read post, and “gr8tits2play” is still its top search term. In the case of the latter, second place isn’t even close. This in spite of my ongoing efforts to provide high quality content, or something.
“Strom Thurmond takes a dump” remains my favorite search term to date.
Well, fine. I know how to take a hint.
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As a writer, I really hate having absolutely no inspiration whatsoever. Recently Sunday evenings have been the worst. It’s hard to write about your condition when you have no condition.
I’ve often wondered out loud if I should start taking Sundays off from SB, but to date I haven’t made any sort of firm commitment.
“So another throwaway post, eh Lane?”
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A couple months ago I
attempted to reset myself by staying up all night and throughout the next day. It didn’t help much, but at least then I did it on purpose.
Today’s “reset” was totally inadvertent. I tried to get some sleep earlier, but weird dreams are all I have to show for it.
As usual I don’t remember details, but they involved wearing remnants of Georgia State Route 40.
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It’s the longest day of the year! Well, it is if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.
Expect 50s in Canberra this weekend. They call it “winter.”
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Anyway, a good many of you get to read the 19th installment of the FCR by daylight.
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Thursday evening, and I’m having dinner at the
Mongolian Bistro on Overland. They have baby corn here.
Σ loves this stuff. I can’t stand it.
Big deal, right? Well, yeah, like baby corn it’s not that exciting. That is, until you consider I’m writing today’s SB at this fine establishment.
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