Saturday, June 9, 2012

Blogging, Reading + Writers Block

 I've decided that I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself about blogging this summer!

YES, I was (am) excited to start devoting more time to this space of my own on the web, but I realize I've started to think in terms of I "have" to instead of I want to, and that's not what I want blogging to be about for me. There are always going to be things in life that we have to do (yes, even writing), and I don't want blogging to be one of those things.

That goes for my reading challenge as well. When it comes to food, my guy often tells me my eyes are bigger than my stomach because in  my ravenous state I think I can eat more than I actually can. I guess I have a tendency to do the same in other aspects of my life as well. What can I say, when I get excited about an idea I want to throw myself in 110% The problem with that is at some point I start to lose steam, and unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day - such a pesky little problem! lol

I have however managed to read a couple of books recently ...

I'm just discovering Francesca Lia Block (I mentioned her in a recent post) and the world of Weetzie Bat. Pink Smog: Discovering Weetzie Bat is actually a prequel to the series of YA novels (although, personally I think her writing transcends such categorization), while Necklace of Kisses is the adult version of Weetzie. I have yet to read the original novels in the Dangerous Angels series (Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, Baby Be-Bop) but trust that I will be remedying that quick!

I have my reading cut out for me, but all I can say is I am so happy to have discovered this author. Not to get too sentimental, but stumbling upon these novels, and the author in general, couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Since spending the past year in school, and now working full-time for the summer, I've started to feel like my creative well had run dry ...

I admit it (ashamedly so). I haven't written anything in months!!!

But I'm starting to get back into the groove. I don't want to talk too much about it, but I've had a particular writing project in the works for years now, but the way it's come about is so different from what I always thought a novel should be, that I've been holding myself back (Freakin' story of my life!!!) and pushing it aside, even though this is THE story that is aching to get outside of me (yeah, I know, I'm a drama queen :p).

So I want to take this moment to thank Francesca (even if there's no chance that she'll come across this post of mine) because reading her beautiful, magical words has given me some much needed inspiration to get back to tackling this project.

This is also a very good post I read recently, from the blog Write it Sideways, suggesting the use of writing prompts as a way to boost the creative well & combat writers block (this is obviously a theme I'm stuck on right now)!
xo Cate

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