All I want for Christmas

is my brain.

I am not working, at all. Well, I’m working at work…that daily stuff that keeps the house and the food and all. I am not, however, working on what I love.

‘Tis most distressing.


5 thoughts on “All I want for Christmas

  1. AJ Rose says:

    I hate that feeling. I just had about a month where my brain wouldn’t cooperate, and writing felt so forced every time I sat down to do it. Between traveling, a bout of the flu, and the holidays, I didn’t have my usual time to write, and staring at a blinking cursor felt like squandering what precious little I did have. Then one day, I woke up and something clicked. The vein reopened, and I’m back to bleeding freely onto the page.

    Have anyone with whom you can brainstorm? Sometimes talking about fresh possibilities gets my juices going again. Sometimes watching a movie I know inspires me does the trick, too. Good luck. I hope your Muse just stepped out for a little Christmas shopping for you and when (s)he returns, it’s with an armload of new inspiration.

  2. Juliette says:

    We always have a Scroogs-A-Thon and watch every version. But before the TV series there was the original Walton’s Mountain with Patricia Neil and all of the kids got scarves and were thrilled about it. But my favorite, which always brings tears to my eyes is from Radio. NPR used to run John Henry Faulk’s Christmas Story every year. Oh my goodness my eyes are watering up right now. It is such a lovely and beautiful story. You can read it but please listen. Here is the link.
    Cheers and Warm wishes to all!

  3. I love your description of bleeding on the page. That is what it feels like, sometimes, especially when it’s painful up to then.

    I have my sounding board, and she is an invaluable resource that I use shamelessly. She thinks it might be a hangover induced by the publication of The Red King. I’m told that it seems to happen, especially to new authors. I suppose it could very well be that, but I don’t think it should last so damned long!

    Thank you! For commiserating and letting me whine!!

    • AJ Rose says:

      Come to think of it, my brain took its vacation right after I released Power Exchange. I was already well into my next project, but I didn’t feel like it clicked in the post-release crash from PE. It lasted weeks. Hate to say that, but it’s true. I kept writing, and I’ve gone back through the stilted parts and tweaked time and again, so I hope it’s improved from the drivel I put down first, but yeah, that magic I live for wasn’t anywhere in evidence. It might have lasted only a month, but then I got sick, blah blah blah…

      Speaking of The Red King, I’ve really been meaning to pick that up. Must do that.

  4. therealtbaggins says:

    Hang in there. I totally feel your pain.

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