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Nov292010

I Stared Into the Writer's Abyss and Blinked

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Was it nice? Did you eat a lot? Did you have fun? I was mostly grouchy because I missed my family in St. Louis. Yeah, sure. I went and had Thanksgiving at friends' houses and that was great and I had fun and all, but ... you know? Missed the family. That said, I got up this morning and fired up the ol' laptop and read my favorite news sites, took a deep breath and realized I had nothing to say. Don't you hate that when that happens? Isn't that so embarrassing?

More after the jump.

Congress is getting ready to go back in session. A new Wikileaks joint dropped. I bought and downloaded Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." (Which I like a lot, but think is a little overwrought in parts. Almost every track is like that old fashion trick where you look at yourself and decide to remove one item so you don't look too done up. Like "Runaway." He added things to it when the song was pretty much perfect as it was when the video came out. STOP MEDDLING!)

But yeah, I'm really whiney of late. I need a new mattress. I haven't had a good night's sleep in more than a month and have started sleeping on my couch which is near equally uncomfortable. I'm hoping to order a new mattress in the next couple weeks. I'm homesick and sometimes I wake up wanting to punch things. So ... you know? It's winter.

So, give me another day or two and I'll crank out some posts. My brain still needs to time to refresh. I've been on the grind without any real break since I was laid off in April, focusing all my energy on my blog and the two books I'm writing that I'm shopping around. I'm also doing writing for The Loop 21 now. I'm also helping a friend with writing on his site. I'm also still doing consulting work. So ... um ... yeah. I'm a writing machine. But even machines need to get turned off form time to time. Normally I take the entire month of November off, as I have every year since I started the blog, but I felt like I couldn't afford to take off that much time from writing.

I'm going to play this week by ear. See what develops.

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Reader Comments (17)

so no opinion on the wikileaks docu-dump?

or fed employee pay freeze?

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

@ LOL

Yeah. Head and back pain from my mattress situation is really making it hard for me to concentrate. I'm exhausted all the time. I've pretty much been blogging while exhausted and in pain for a month now. I'm starting to run out of brain cells to rub together, so I need a couple more days.

November 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterDanielle Belton

take all the time you want. the internet will still be here.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdewfish

Have you tried turning your mattress around of putting books in the areas where the mattress is sinking (if it is). I know it sounds ghetto but it can be a temporary situation till you get a new one.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercosmicsistren

@ cosmicsistern

I've tried everything. The mattress is just old. In fact, it is older than I am. Like, I'm on the phone with Sears right now and God help me if I make any sense to this poor woman taking my call to order this mattress. I'm so tired, I can barely form coherent sentences.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Belton

I know the feeling.........

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPlasticheadblog

Aw w, I missed you. LOL I don't even comment that often. Anyways rest well!

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNK

You definitely need a decent bed. However, do your homework before giving the Sears lady your money. Mattresses can be hideously overpriced.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatador1015

Have you considered an air mattress?

My broke ass has been sleeping on one since August because I can't afford a new bed. Sleeping on futons and air mattresses or THE FLOOR since January 2009.

Air mattresses actually aren't that bad...

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Sounds like what I was experiencing last week re writing---get out of your house, get a few drinks with friends and press the reset button. And try one of those "featherbed" mattress toppers--they feel amazing, and may keep you from having to purchase a new mattress.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeep.honey

Snob, no worries about us. You are incredibly productive, but everyone needs a break. Do get yourself a decent bed and some well-deserved rest. Hope you get to go to St Louis for Christmas.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColHghts

If you can't beat them. Join them. How many times you heard that sage advice.

Look, all the extemist muslims want is people to adhere to the teachings of Islam. Where is the harm of people picking up the Koran. Read and heed.

Have you seen what today's youth (especially girls) are wearing today? Wouldn't a burka do wonders?

If we all join the Islam religion. All terrorism ends. Pretty small price to pay.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoinem

What are the books about? Can you share?

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAroundHarlem

You're not the only one who needs a new matress. I wake up every morning feeling like someone beat me in my sleep with ivory soap in a sock full metal jacket style. I'd be better off sleeping on a big bag of yams.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternovanova

@ All

Thanks for the kind words. I've actually taken to sleeping on the floor. At least it's consistently hard and flat. We'll see how long that lasts.

@ AroundHarlem

One book is a political satire and the other is about bipolar disorder and trying to pursue a career and date while struggling with the disease. I've been passing around the proposal right now, talking to agents. So everything is pretty preliminary right now.

November 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterDanielle Belton

try a feather bed. its like the pillow top of a mattress without the mattress. you throw it on top of a busted bed and it gives you that soft, cushy feeling ... like sleeping on feathery clouds.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraj

I have one of those sleep number beds which is actually inflated with air which is kinda pricey, but lasts. Its cheaper without the control device with the numbers which you really don't need. I got mine over 6 years ago and its been great.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbdsista
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