Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Laid Up

I don't want to sound whiny or anything, but last week I missed a step coming down the stairs and sprained my ankle. :( I can't walk without crutches, can't get up stairs, and can't drive. I can't do all my normal cooking, cleaning, running around, stay-home mom type stuff. My family and friends have been wonderful about helping me out.

I've pretty much had nothing to do all day except sit on the couch with my foot propped up and write. A silver lining if I ever saw one. One problem, though.

I haven't been writing.

I've written a bit, but I didn't even make my weekly goals last week. Weird. I mean, doesn't it sound perfect to have all kinds of time to write with no other responsibilities? I always thought I'd like that, but here I sit day after day hardly writing a word.

Could it be that the normal hustle and bustle of my daily life doesn't take away from my writing time, but actually adds to it? It certainly doesn't add any minutes to my writing time, but it adds something else. Joy, passion, drive, laughter, love and fun. Not that these things are absent, of course. They're still here. I just need to make a little attitude adjustment and accept the fact that not being able to do some things right now doesn't make me bad or lazy. It was just interesting to me to discover that all aspects of my life contribute to writing, just like writing contributes to all other aspects of my life.

Hopefully, I'll be up and around again soon. For now, I guess it's back to the couch. Hopefully, I'll actually write tonight!

31 comments:

Stephanie McGee said...

I think that having that hustle and bustle makes it so that you know when you sit down to write, that's the time you have.

When you have all the time in the world, your brain knows it. And finds ways of procrastinating or distracting you.

Get well soon.

Lisa said...

I hope your recover quickly and find a muse that gets your creativity flowing.

Suzette Saxton said...

This post was emailed to me - yay, it's working again!

I hope you heal quickly, though I will miss having your kids over. =)

Lindsey Duncan said...

Sometimes, having a lot of extra time to write is the worst thing for actual writing. Tales of writers who quit their day jobs and then couldn't get anything done bear this out.

I find that when I'm busy, I tend to maintain an energy level that carries over to my writing. (I multi-task, so I'm writing WHILE doing other things, but I imagine that applies to single-task blocks, too.)

Feel better!

Linz said...

Oh no!! What is with our family and sprained ankles?!? I hope you're doing okay!! And get to work woman! ;)

Aubrie said...

Awww, feel better, Angie! I bet the normal hustle and bustle does add to your writing. Whenever I get writer's block, I go for a walk, do some dishes, and then the ideas free up in my mind.

You're on to something here.

Cherie Reich said...

Hope your ankle gets better soon!! As well as your muse. :)

Eric said...

Aww, get better Angie. If your muse is anything like mine, he'll be hounding you to get back to the writing table very soon. With promises of cookies and milk.

Angie said...

Thanks for the good wishes, all! I appreciate it.

Kristi Helvig said...

I hope you feel better soon! I agree with you -- I've found that I get more writing done when I'm crazy busy and only have a limited amount of time to do it. Hope you get back to writing tonight! :)

Carolyn V. said...

Oh no!!! I hope your ankle gets better soon! Good luck on the writing.

AstonWest said...

Ouch! Hope your ankle heals quickly and completely!

Frankie's Poetry After Noon said...

Hello Angie, Sorry to hear about the leg. I sprained my ankle last summer so I know how that is. I hope you're up and about and writing soon. I wish you quick healing and happy writing.

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Michelle H. said...

Ouch! Do rest up and heal up soon!

I've been thinking about the same thing. I've had time to do writing, but seem more distracted. When I'm super busy, all I think about is getting some writing in and I squeeze it into my day. How odd...

Elana Johnson said...

Sorry you're laid up. But I think you've hit on something here. Because I've found myself in the same situation. Not really, but with more time on my hands. And have I written? No.

The anticipation is gone. Having the time and using it are two different things. Hope you get better fast!

Nichole Giles said...

I'm with you and Elana. I had like, an extra two hours yesterday. Planned to write 2000 words. Got 300. But I read lots of blogs and wasted lots of time.

Sorry to hear about your ankle. That's the pits. But I do hope you find the drive to write while you can.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love the idea you have at the end of your post - the idea that all the joy, laughter, and "stuff" of life is part of what makes writing work for you. I think that is what makes it work for me too. Once a week I have 2 hours to write by myself in my house with no one around. I get less written during those two hours than I do in all the crammed 20 minutes sessions I have during the rest of the week.

Danyelle said...

*hugs* I'm so sorry, Angie.

I feel the same way. Words just seem to froth at the keyboard when my day is stacked like last week's laundry. I still write during quiet days, but there's not the same feeling of release and the words generally come a bit slower.

*get better soon cookies*

Kim Coates said...

Sorry about your ankle! Ouch!

I totally get the time/writing thing. I think I could get a half hour worth of writing time in, if I only had a half hour to do it. But it you gave me a couple hours, I may not even get that 1/2's worth done. Weird. I work better under pressure.

T. Anne said...

Aww! I'm so sorry! Every time I've unexpectantly become defunct I've turned to writing. I hope you have a good weekend anyway.

Jackee said...

Poor thing! You have every right to complain! No fun.

I remember when I was put on pregnancy bedrest with my son, I was so depressed about being down that all that time I could have devoted to writing, I just wasted. It was all I could do to read Ensigns and get out of the slump. And on-line shopping. Retail therapy did wonders too. :o)


Enjoy your time resting. You'll get your groove back soon enough, Angie!

Linda Sandifer said...

So true, Angie. I used to get a bunch more done when I had deadlines and children to take care of. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

kanishk said...

Sorry about your ankle! get better soon
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Angie said...

Thanks for your good wishes all. It's nice to know I'm not alone in feeling this way. Thanks for the award, Tyrean, and Linda--at least I had a box of truffles and The Last Rodeo to take my mind off of it. :)

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Julie Dao said...

I'm so sorry about your ankle! :( I hope you're getting plenty of rest and that you'll be back up on your feet very soon. I know how you feel about the writing.. I've been lagging behind as well and have scheduled lots of time this week!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm sorry about your ankle, and sorrier your not being as productive as you'd like.

Like you, I need to be busy in order to write. Crazy, right? It would seem endless time would lead to endless writing time, but it doesn't.

Feel better soon!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Angie!

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been hurt! I sure know what it's like to be bedridden, and it's not fun at all, is it?

I will definitely put you at the top of my prayer list. I wish I had have noticed your posting sooner, but I've been so busy with "Blog Jog Day!", my contest that went with it, and my writing course, that I've had time for nothing else.

Please pray for Dion's mom. He just called and he stopped in to check on her on the way home from work (like he does every night) and he has to rush her back to the ER right away. Her doctor seems to think she may have a blood clot. She just got home after being in the hospital for 14 days, and they released her when she was still feeling horrible, so for the past 10 days she has been having a nurse check on her every 2 days. I'm so worried about her, Angie. But she's in the Lord's precious hands, so what more capable hands could she be in, right?

I'm sorry that I wasn't there for you when you needed me. I hope you can forgive me.

Sincerely sorry,
Cynde

Cynde's Got The Write Stuff

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Man, I miss stopping by your blog for a week or so and wow. Hope you're recovering quickly!