Nailing Jello to a Tree

This has been an acceptable week in #ROW80. Not a good week. I did have one day where my word count was “Great!” but most days it was “Just Acceptable.”

I’ve only been doing the regular weekly blog posts. I’ve had ideas pop into my head now and then for extra posts, but none of them seem to have made it into the blog.

I promised myself that I would stop thinking about writing as being that thing I indulge in when everything else is done. But although that is still true, I’ve realized this week that it’s not only my own priorities working against me. There are other factors at work.

But that can’t be an excuse for not getting it done. Yes, family members get sick. We have to adjust our plans to take care of them. I have a child with special needs, and every time I think we have her routine running smoothly, somehow a wrench flies into the works. Even though I’ve been saying “no” to most distractions (Most notably, an online class through a reputable University, reading and discussing various classics of SciFi and Fantasy) I’ve said “yes” to others (helping out with my church’s Vacation Bible Camp.)

I’m not sure how I’m going to tweak things this week. Yes, I need to write more. Yes, I need to make it a priority. But sometimes it feels like I’m just nailing jello to a tree.

Oh… look… it is possible after all!

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About AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, a redhead by choice.
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3 Responses to Nailing Jello to a Tree

  1. Lauren Garafalo says:

    Hooray for the positive! At least you’re accomplishing things…and important things like writing and keeping up with the blog. And examining your priorities..that’s a hard one for people to even recognize, so good for you for trying even if you haven’t decided how to tackle it in the long term. All the best for the rest of this week! (Loved the jello video :D)

  2. Beth Camp says:

    Anyone who could find that wonderful video on how to nail jello to a tree has heart, tenacity, and a good sense of humor, all needed by writers! I agree with Lauren. Looking at priorities is not the easiest, but it sounds like you ARE making a difference. Never apologize! In spite of everything, you have accomplished much this week by writing your blog entries. If time for writing contracts, have you considered flash fiction? poetry? journal-writing? All these prime the pump for longer works. Feel supported in your efforts and write on!

  3. Thank you both, Lauren and Beth! I’ve kept a journal at different times in my life, but not currently. Poetry… rarely. Flash fiction, however, is one of my favorites! I frequently link-up with Write on Edge with their short prompts every Friday, and on Tuesdays I try to remember to do #5MinuteFiction. It really frees up the creative juices!

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