An Answered Prayer

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Hey… hey, you.

Yeah, you.

I just added another installment to my “Journey” page.

Yes, it is everything you’re hoping for and more.

Why, yes, you ARE welcome. I aim to please.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

I used to be a prolific writer.

I would write all the time.

I had blogs for this and blogs for that. I’d start a blog, get tired of it, and start another. I probably have at least 10 abandoned blogs just floating around out there on the world wide web.

I’d write things in notebooks, type things up and save them on my computers, (yes, computers… when you write as much as I do you can’t have just one…) print and stash away previously written pieces until my filing cabinet was bulging with my writing, (You know you’re over-doing it if you can get a metal filing cabinet to bulge.)… I have things saved in Google Docs and One Drive and in my e-mail. Honestly, when I die, someone is going to have quite the digital paper and paper-paper trail to clean up. (My apologies to my future spouse, children and/or cats.)

It’s just that… once I discovered writing when I was 11… I couldn’t stop. It became a passion, a compulsion. The idea that I could put my own thoughts and words on paper to share or revisit later? To express myself through the written word? Well, it was brilliant! And now it’s how I communicate. Now I can’t stop. You should see me try to carry on a conversation. It’s actually painful. Sometimes I just give up and start scribbling on a napkin that I then pass back and forth to the person I’m talking to. People initially find this behavior off-putting, but once they see how much more eloquent I am through my writing, they gladly grab a pen and start scribbling right alongside of me.

I’m kidding, peeps. C’mon. I like to write… but I’m not… you know… crazy or something.

Most of the time.

Anyway… as much as I enjoy writing, it can also become a debilitating chore. Sometimes, that blank page or screen is just more than I can handle. And while the thoughts may be swirling in my head, and there are a dozen ideas that just NEED to be talked about… sometimes I just can’t. Sometimes it all feels so… stupid. Because you start to convince yourself that you have nothing worthwhile or interesting to say. You start to believe that you have nothing new to add to the conversation… it’s all been done before. You begin to scoff at your own abilities and wonder why you ever thought of putting your thoughts down on paper for others to read because… how embarrassing. And even when you are feeling confident in your abilities, sometimes there’s just too much to talk about and it seems like an impossible task that’s is just easier not to tackle.

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So you avoid it.

Oh, you think about it. And fantasize about it. And feel all tingly when you come up with a great idea worth writing about… but then you convince yourself that your time is better spent elsewhere… and pretty soon, before you know it, you haven’t written anything in a really long time, and when you finally get back to it, everything suddenly feels jilted and rusty and awkward. And you convince yourself… once again… that it just isn’t worth it.

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And that’s where I am right now. I’ve been avoiding this blog like the plague. As much as I love writing, sometimes I just convince myself that I can’t… and the longer I listen to that voice, the harder it is to get back to it. But once I get back to it? I can’t stop. And I feel excited and joyful about the writing process all over again. But it’s the getting back to it that’s so difficult.

SO, here’s the plan, Stan. I’m going to force myself to write something at least every other day. No matter how mundane, how insipid, or uninspired… I’m just going to write. I’m not going to critique myself and get overly analytical about it… I’m just going to write. Until I’m back in the groove. And once I’m back in the groove… then there will be no stopping me. I’ll just write like a maniac. I’ll be all…

And it will be magical once again.

So, wish me luck, peeps. I got this… Write?

 

 

 

Did you SEE the Republican Primary Debate?

Okay, I promise not to get all political on this here blog thingy. Seriously. Because when people get too political on blogs, things just get messy and ugly and fights and feuds break out everywhere and pretty soon people are tweeting insults and… well, it’s just not very nice.

That being said…

Did you SEE the Republican Primary Debate last night?

Oh, no they DID-N’T.

Um… was that great television, or what?!

Seriously, if you didn’t watch it, you’re totally missing out.

If you want to know my humorous take on it, check out my latest Channillo article.

And by latest, I mean, the first article I’ve posted since May.

And by May, I mean, 3 MONTHS AGO.

And by 3 MONTHS AGO, I mean, “Seriously, Annie? Could you BE any more lame?!”

Clearly, I could not.

 

Go ahead. Motivate me.

So, I’m really trying to get into the swing of writing again.

And by “writing”, I don’t mean posting inane rants on my blog just to blow off steam. Don’t get me wrong… I love posting inane rants just to blow off steam… but at some point, I need to get some “serious” writing done. You know… buckle down and actually work on those projects that have been in the works for the last year.

But it’s hard. Even when I only work 2 days a week, the other 5 seem to be taken up with all kinds of time wasters. Not that I’m wasting my time… there are things that need to be taken care of, obviously. Like…

  • Laundry
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning up cat vomit
  • Spring cleaning
  • Preparing for important interviews
  • Reading “People” Magazine
  • Checking the headlines incessantly as if any new news has come in in the last 15 seconds since I last checked
  • Painting my toenails.
  • Wondering if I should go in for a pedicure.
  • Checking Facebook even though I DO NOT CARE
  • Checking Twitter
  • Doing anything and everything to distract myself from the writing task at hand

I realize I need to put on my big girl pants and just “get down to work”… but it’s HAAAARRRRDDDDD. (Okay, it’s not really… I just like to whine sometimes..)

How do you guys do it? Does it help to have a set “writing time” where you’re not allowed to focus on anything else except writing? Do you reward yourself when you get a certain amount of writing done (and does that actually motivate you?)? Do you find that you work best during a certain time of day? How do you control yourself from incessantly getting distracting by everything on the internet? Do you have to go somewhere to get quality writing done? Inquiring minds want to know.

SO… I want you all to give me your best writing advice. What works for you? What doesn’t? Any tips, suggestions and advice? Because I will take it all.

Bring it on, peeps. Go ahead. Motivate me.

 

 

 

A Couple of Things

  • I added a few new blogs to my list of “Blogs I Heart“. You should go check them out. They’re positively a-MAH-zing. Seriously. And while your at it, check out the entire list. There are a lot of hidden gems hanging out there. You’re welcome, blogosphere.
  • There’s another one of my articles waiting to be read over at Channillo. This one’s about hypochondriacs, and if you’ve ever had a hypochondriac in your life, you will want to read it because it’s ridiculously true.
  • I also added a couple new pages to the blog, so if you haven’t had the chance to check those out yet, please do so, and then let me know what you think, because there’s nothing I love more than feedback. (That sounded unintentionally sarcastic. But I totally wasn’t being sarcastic. I was being genuine. I love feedback. Feed me back, peeps.)
  • Also, if you haven’t yet, you should totally subscribe to this here blog thingy. Why? Because when you do, you’ll get e-mails containing any new blog posts that show up right there in your inbox, and you can read them right then and there, and the whole thing is really pretty slick, and why would Annie ever lead you astray when it comes to something this important? Well, she wouldn’t. So, go do it. Plus, once you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own unicorn. (Which actually, isn’t true at all because unicorns don’t exist, but hey, if it gets you to subscribe, I’ll promise you just about anything. Even unicorns. So, if you buy the whole “unicorn” thing, then it’s really your own fault for being so silly, right? Right.)
  • DUDES! Any ideas for my “Hmm” post this week? I only have one idea so far, and although it is downright HILARIOUS, I really can’t justify an entire “Hmm” post based on one silly little hilarious thing. SO, if you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know, so I can link back to yo,u and share the love, and make you rich and famous just by mentioning you and your blog’s name. (There I go again, promising things I can’t deliver. You have to stop believing everything I say. First unicorns, now this? Really, dude?)
  • And lastly, here’s Jon Hamm nodding in agreement, because he approves this message:

See? Told ya.

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Another Blog Award I Don’t Deserve

Okay, kids. I’ve been putting this off for awhile just because A.) I rarely have time to get around to these things and B.) I always feel a bit sheepish posting about them because I don’t feel like I deserve them. However, it’s a great way to give the spotlight to other awesome blogs, and so I try to participate when I can.

Both Barb of Sane Teachers and Shop Girl Anonymous nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. First of all, a huge THANK YOU to both of them for not only reading my ramblings but nominating me for this award. I adore both of their blogs. You want to see some versatile blogs, visit both of theirs. From funny and insightful to uplifting and true, their blogs are a couple of my favorites to read.

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person (or people) who gave you this award (Done)
  •  Include a link to their blog (Done)
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you follow and love (Will do)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. (Isn’t that basically the same thing as the aforementioned step?)
  •  Finally, tell 7 things about yourself. (Got it)

My nominations:

  • We Don’t Chew Glass: I just recently stumbled across Steph’s blog and OH MY WORD… the woman is hysterical. Super funny and absurd, I absolutely adore her blog.
  • From Bell to Bell: Another teacher blog, this gal’s posts always ring true. She’s open and honest and funny about her life as a teacher… which makes for an excellent read.
  • Stop Me If I Told You This: Jana is just plain funny. Her posts are totally absurd… but delightfully true. What’s not to love?
  • Fits of Wit: Another super funny blogger. (Are you sensing a theme here?) Jamie is just… delightfully random and irreverent.
  • This is 30?: A totally relatable blog about life in your thirties. It’s funny and true and awesome and awkward.

Okay, I know that’s only 5 blogs, but I’m supposed to nominate 15? 15?! Ain’t nobody got time for that. If you want a larger list of blogs to follow, go here. All these blogs should be nominated because they are on my list of blogs I heart and are therefore, awesome. (And if any of the blogs on that list would like to participate in this here… thingy, go for it. The more the merrier.)

Okay, 7 things about me:

  1. My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird“.
  2. I hate poetry, and yet, every time I read poetry, I’m unexpectedly delighted by it. So, I think I just hate the idea of poetry. And I have no idea why.
  3. I’m a huge nerd. I read and do research for fun, watch the news incessantly, and am constantly Googling and reading up on things I don’t know about.
  4. I’m a teacher and even though they drive me crazy, the class clowns and weirdos in my class are always my favorites. (Shhh… Don’t tell anyone I have favorites.)
  5. I am hopelessly unathletic. I pretty much have zero hand-eye coordination, very little control of my body,  and Phy Ed. class used to freak me out so much, I used to break out in hives just thinking about it.
  6. When I was in Junior High, I had a friend whose parents wouldn’t let her shave her legs until she was 16. It was gross. We weren’t friends for very long.
  7. Bees, wasps, hornets, moths, butterflies and basically any type of large, buzzing, insect-type creature completely freaks me out. I will run away from it screaming and I will look ridiculous and everyone will laugh. Also, the aforementioned scenario happens to me at least 8 times every summer.

Okay, peeps. That’s all I have.

Thanks for reading my drivel and nominating said drivel. Also? Check out some of the awesome blogs I mentioned, and even more on my blog list. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it.

 

The Top 5 Reasons I’m a Horrible Blog Follower

Okay, I tried to catch up on all my blog reading today, but the amount of Mother’s Day posts was just way too overwhelming. After my 15th Mother’s Day post, I just gave up. Sorry, peeps. I know we love our mothers but… I just couldn’t take the sap anymore.

After trying (and failing miserably) to catch up on all my blog reading, it occurred to me: I am a horrible blog follower / community member / minion. Why? Because all of the following…

  1. The first thing I check when I come across a new blog post in my Reader is the word count. Any word count over 900, and I’m probably going to skip the post altogether. Which is harrible, because I would hate it if people skipped my posts just because they were deemed “too long”. But I can’t help it. I physically can’t force myself to read something that long unless it’s homework related. I know. It’s lame and I suck. On days I’m feeling really charitable, I might skim the post, but otherwise, it will probably go unread. Sorry, long-winded bloggers.
  2. Occasionally, after I’ve been reading for about a half-hour, I just start liking blog posts without reading them. I know. How harrible is that? But after a whole half-hour of catching up on blog-reading you expect me to keep reading? (I sound like any and all middle-school students everywhere…) Reading is haaaaarrrrrrdddd… and in my defense, I only follow awesome blogs, so it makes sense that if all the blogs I follow are awesome, all the posts will be awesome, and therefore, liking without reading is totally justified. BOOM. Yeah, I just blew your whole case out of the water.
  3. I never watch videos. I have an aversion to watching videos. (I think it’s because the ass hat I used to be married to was always shoving “awesome videos” in my face to watch, and they always ended up being lame. Now I have panic attacks anytime someone expects me to watch a video. Weird? Yes. Justified? Not at all.)  Gifs? I totally watch the gifs. But whole videos? I’m too ADD and in to much of a hurry to click the “play” button. Again, this is totally stupid because the majority of my “Hmm…” posts are all videos and I expect my minions to watch the freakin’ videos because they’re important and I wouldn’t have posted them if they weren’t awesomely incredible! But, clearly, the rules do not apply to me and I am a harrible minion.
  4. I hate re-blogs. This is ridiculous because re-blogs are supposed to be awesome and expose us to a plethora of other great blogs out there. But I still hate them. I’m always feel cheated when someone posts a re-blog, because I’m visiting to read the original blogger’s posts, not someone else’s. If I wanted to read someone else’s thoughts, I’d go to someone else’s blog. Even if the re-blogged post is insightful and hilarious and earth-shattering, it will still make me grumpy. I know it’s stupid, but I can’t help it. I usually skip re-blog posts. Sorry, re-bloggers.
  5. I will go several days without reading my favorite bloggers’ posts. But when my followers go several days without reading my posts? I get all bitter and angry and think evil things like, “Well, screw you too, bloggity peeps! FINE. Don’t read my crap! I won’t read yours either… JERKS.” Even though I do the exact same thing to my favorite bloggers all the time. I swear I don’t mean to be such a narcissist. It’s really not a good look on me.

See? So, I am a harrible blog follower. I really don’t mean to be, and I love you all, my bloggity peeps. But c’mon… admit it. You guys do at least one or more of the above on a regular basis, right? I demand to hear all about it forthwith. And…. GO.