Here's some of what I did today:
~went to the gym for a cardioball workout (I'll be sore tomorrow)
~checked my e-mail (at least 17 times)
~emptied the dishwasher and reloaded it
~read scads of other blogs
~balanced my checkbook (and then grimaced)
~pet my dog, chatted with my dog (rather one-sided conversation), decided my dog needed to be brushed, looked for the dog brush, went to Walgreens to buy a new dog brush (and other personal care items), didn't find a good dog brush there, so went to PetCo and bought new dog brush (and some new rawhides), returned home and finally brushed the dog. He was unappreciative.
~e-mailed my husband three times. Read his responses.
~thought about doing laundry but decided to wait until tomorrow
~e-mailed some writer friends to see how they were doing
~checked dialidol.com (for the first time ever) to see who they predicted would get bounced tonight. They said it was too close to call. (It better not be Melinda!)
~did today's New York Times crossword puzzle (but held firm and wouldn't let myself start last Sunday's yet. That's gotta be a reward for something.)
~wrote a lame blog about not writing
Here's what I DIDN'T do today:
~get any damn writing done.
And no, it's not because of all that I did do. No, I can't use the excuse that I'm so busy it's hard to find time to write. I was completely flat today. No inspiration. Every sentence I started went nowhere. So, I kept inventing things to do so I wouldn't have to sit there, pen in hand, struggling to find my voice. (Best example would be the dog brush, I think. Or dialidol.)
But, by the end of the dog brushing episode, I think I have a place to start tomorrow. I mean, I'm 35,000 words in. That's halfway for me. I'm getting to know these folks pretty well. I like them, I worry about them, I think about them when I'm supposed to be talking to other people (I still talk to them, I just don't pay very close attention).
So, do you ever get stuck? What gets you unstuck? And hey, if you're feeling charitable, send some good writing karma my way, okay?