Writing just isn't fun right now

Dec 29 2010 Published by under [Et Al]

I'm apologizing in advance for my very least favorite type of post to read on other blogs, but nevertheless, I'm feeling a bit drained of my writing interest lately. It is rare for me to go a full week without posting something and I could easily chalk it up to not being around, but that is hardly true. I've been here, but with nothing to write.

It's not even that I've been too busy. I've managed semi-lucid posts at times when I though the combination of teaching and writing a proposal was going to deny me sleep for a week, because blogging is a nice change of pace. It keeps me thinking and keeps me writing, and sometimes I even have trouble focusing on work until I get a post out of my head.

Over the past few weeks however, I've been doing nothing but writing. Hour after hour I'm staring at this screen, squeezing out sentences like an old man trying to drop a deuce after a cheese festival. By the time it comes to blogging, my effort is gone and I'm left uninspired. I have four half started posts in the hopper that I thought might get me out of this funk, but about two paragraphs in I realized that they are more pathetic than the neighbor who leaves their Christmas tree up until February. Rather than vomit up these forced posts I'll sit tight and hope that pushing these grant proposals out the door results in the mental unclogging I need to get back on this.

Maybe I just need some new peeps around this place to shake things up. Let's see what the New Year brings...

12 responses so far

  • That's OK, PlS. I have the same problem sometimes. Not to worry, we'll all come back around when you're feeling inspired, because your inspiration is generally entertaining 🙂

  • scicurious says:

    "I’m staring at this screen, squeezing out sentences like an old man trying to drop a deuce after a cheese festival"

    THIS. This is totally what my science writing (in my real job) is like. ARGH. And of course if you're really bad, doing Valsalva's maneuver too much is just going to give you a stroke...

  • Dr Becca says:

    Feces- and vomit-related images in a single post? I'd say you're quite on your game, PLS!

    (and as the current n00b, I'll do my best to shake things up a bit more)

  • ecogeofemme says:

    That sounds horrid.

    Good luck with your work writing and I hope you feel inspired to blog soon!

  • Namnezia says:

    "squeezing out sentences like an old man trying to drop a deuce after a cheese festival. "

    Ha! That phrase alone is worth the entire post....

  • proflikesubstance says:

    I do what I can to ensure that no one leaves without wanting to scrub some mental image out of their brain. That's one thing I can't put in my grants.

  • Oooh, I sense some foreshadowing of things to come...

  • drugmonkey says:

    How do you *know* you don't put that in your grants as well?

  • proflikesubstance says:

    How do you *know* you don’t put that in your grants as well?

    Well, I don't try to do this, but the fact that I keep having to send them back may indicate I am wrong here. I guess it is good if someone remembers the proposal for something.

  • Dr. O says:

    How I'm feeling lately, but I don't think I could have ever put it so eloquently. 😉

  • Calxieroll says:

    "staring at this screen, squeezing out sentences like an old man trying to drop a deuce after a cheese festival"

    Oh my. Yes, this. Since mid-November...

    First time stopping by, thanks for that fantastic phrase.

  • Dr Becca says:

    I totally just read that as "That's one thing I can't put in my pants."

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