Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#IWSG Author wrapped in a Cocoon

by Moi


So with school having started 2 weeks ago and my children facing personal crisis and our vehicles breaking down, I am left with myself and my thoughts amidst the eye of the whirl. I finally feel my muse stirring from the cobwebs I have built around him. I feel the magical sparks effervesce inside the universe of my innerspace, however, I am not in a place or time where I am free to write.

My personal time is not my own. It is down to nil. I am unintentionally letting slip my blog as well as my other social media. A lot of the time, it feels self-serving to post things on FB. I am losing grip with my spunky authorly self!

I feel as if I am at a writerly impasse within myself and though it makes me sad, I know what I must do! (A lot of the time I feel like a fairy with broken wings, watching mournfully the others flitter about in joyous laughter as they prance in the eventide air and I, grounded to my misery of flightlessness.)

I don't doubt that when I am done with this cocoon stage in my life (right now it is family first), I will bloom.


What writerly challenges are you facing right now?

26 comments:

  1. I am in two minds which story to write. I feel I have ignored one idea way too long and if I ignore it any longer then it will run away from me :( This is the writerly challenge staring me in the eye.

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    1. I've done that before. I had a story which nagged and nagged so incessantly, but I was determined to continue with another project. It slipped from me, never to return. D'oh!
      I hope you are able to find time for this one, Rachna. :)

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  2. I'm right there with you. Between home schooling 3 kids (one who just started college and is doing all online classes), and taking care of a 5 month old baby (who's far from sleeping through the night), I'm having a hard time finding a spare moment. Even blogging this morning has been a HUGE challenge. We do find quiet moments to sneak things in though--in the cracks.

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    1. Blogging has been a huge challenge for me, too. I'm tempted to let it slip for a while. The downside, is working to regain my presence again. That is hard, too.

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  3. Every parent understands what you're going through. Family has to come first. You never get that time back. Don't feel guilty about because you're doing the right thing putting the family's needs first.

    Susan Says

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    1. So true. Great advice. Thanks for dropping by, Susan! <3

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  4. I'm glad your muse is stirring and I hope that you can find the time to write. Keep your chin up!

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  5. You know, I sometimes feel that way as well - that all these people are leaving me behind and I just can't keep up. :/ It's a sucky feeling, but as with anything you want to do... you just have to carve out some time SOMEWHERE... even if it's only twenty minutes or so between having to cook dinner and plopping the kid in the tub and doing laundry... even if it's just a sentence or two typed into your phone while using the bathroom. It's something and it's good :)
    Best of luck to you!

    - Madilyn Quinn @ NovelBrews

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    1. Madilyn, you are right. I've not thought of chipping away a sentence at a time. I have the silly mentality of all or nothing (as in, big blocks of time). I'll try that, thanks for the idea!

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  6. I lost the urge to write and blog for a while too. I felt quite empty, but also sometimes relieved to be able to put the rest of my life back into perspective. I think its ok sometimes to cocoon away from writing/social media and just concentrate on family and such. The break will be good for you and your family.

    Good luck with things. I hope all settles in the way they should.

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  7. Sorry to hear that life is being difficult. I'm sure you'll figure out your authorly self again as soon as you have time to do so!
    Happy IWSG Day!
    ~ AJ

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  8. Enjoy the time with family and loved ones. When the time is right, the words will come.

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    1. I'll take comfort in these words. Everyone has been very helpful. Thank you, Gail!

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  9. There could definitely be worse stages in your life that you could be going through. Kudos to you for recognizing that you need time with your family. I'm sure when you return you will be better than ever! :)

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  10. There is a season for everything. Hope your butterfly emerges soon.

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  11. Adversity can stir us to action as well as hold us back. Life controls our aspirations until we can get to the point were reaching our aspirations becomes our life and even then life is the boss of things.

    I surely empathize with your circumstances as I face similar dilemmas.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Funny how I feel stumped over this when in the past, it never has! I've found inventive ways to create time for writing, but I feel uninspired for the most part. Time and place for things, right? :)

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  12. Right now I'm dealing with jobs issues (which are now resolved, fortunately) and issues with my kids being bullied at school. Sort of takes the fun out of writing for a while.

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    1. So sorry to hear about bullies. That's hard to deal with. I feel like a mama bear... "Let me attum, let me attum!" Grrr... (glad job issues are resolved!)

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  13. My kids usually catch colds and viruses right when I desperately need their school hours to get something done. Then I have to take a very deep breath and . . . suggest they watch a movie. Yeah, family does come first.

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