One of our “Hens With Pens” critique partners, Melanie, wrote on facebook: blog is a weird word. So true, Melanie. But as TOL (The Other Lisa) astutely pointed out in another post almost a year ago now, we really do like to blog. I like it more than housework, I like it more than bathing; I don’t love it more than food & drink, but two out of three ain’t bad. I wish I didn’t find blogging more irresistible than actual, productive writing, but at the risk of a rogue literary agent checking out our credentials, I can’t help myself. Blogging brings out the maniac in my egomania. My husband accuses me of having an affair with my computer. I don’t deny it.
I was telling TOL (The Other Lisa) I need to figure a way to put the fun back into my writing routine. (I need to put the routine back in too, but that’s another blog post, one I’m sure I’ve already written.) Nike took, “Just do it,” so maybe I’ll try, “Just write it.” Naw, I’m not feeling it. Perhaps, “if you write it, they will read.” Again, sounds vaguely familiar… Forget the slogan campaign. A nice bribe never hurt. TOL and I once set a goal that we’d do something cool upon reaching a set number of words in our first manuscript.
Speaking of bribes, a change of venue might be what I need to get my mojo into high gear. Sure, I’m in a brand new setting, but it doesn’t take long for “home” to become ho-hum, even in paradise. I’m thinking of taking the laptop on the road – across the road, to be specific – and heading over to the mall to set up “shop.” Um, no, shopping did not cross my mind at all. Not even those throw rugs that may or may not still be on sale. Or the ones that weren’t on sale last week, but may be now. Or the indoor local vendor market, whatever that is. I have no curiosity whatsoever. I will be strong, resolute, firm – like a cantaloupe …you don’t suppose? No! I will cease goofing around and get back to work. Work, work, work – all work and no play. Speaking of play, I wonder what’s showing at the theater? It’s the weekend already? You don’t say…
Any suggestions from readerdom as to what will help motivate The Lisas into finishing our multiple works in progress? Lines are open now! Line three is particularly lovely this time of year.