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A Writing Drought

The clouds in this photo teased me with the thought of possible rain. They look like storm clouds, but so far it hasn't rained and the clouds this morning are not as gray as when I took this photo last night. They promise more than they delivered.

So it is with my writing life this week. I'm in a writing drought. My head is full of ideas that should produce posts, but by the time I finish a new page on my website or a long blog and then do my shorter city daily photo blog, there's simply no energy left to post in other places. I now have four of my own blogs. I try to post to three of them once each week and one of them every day. In addition I'm trying to get one or two more website pages done at every week. On Tuesdays I need to post a review of some sort on Review This! -- a collaborative blog with other ex-lensmasters.

I don't always meet my posting goals. I would like to post here every two days, but sometimes I'm just not motivated to even transfer work here I've taken off that other site. It's not for lack of interest, but for lack of time and energy. I'm also taking a round of antibiotics for a bacterial infection in my neck. The pill schedule messes with my sleep schedule and when I can eat what, so my diet, supplements, and sleep time are all different since Tuesday. I'm always tired.

I had only one good writing day this week, and I used it for my website. I'm off the fun stuff there now. I am going back to more catalog-type pages that people used to search for on the former version of the site. I've lost traffic with the changes, and I need to get more content up to bring it back. I also need to redo the home page. When I get a few more pages up, it will be time to figure out how to get some Google Ads up. I have the account, but don't want to lose it by putting ads up before I have more content. I don't expect that I'll make many affiliate sales. I won't make as much as I would selling my own inventory, and I'm trying to figure out a way to do that when I have inventory Amazon doesn't. I'm hoping that I'll be more productive once I'm off these antibiotics.

I continue trying to get books out of here. Gave two boxes to Boys and Girls Club this week. Getting the books in the boxes was easy. Taking each book off my database and onto a donation list with the cost is what took the time -- almost an entire working day. Getting books to Goodwill doesn't require quite as much paperwork, since most of what I'm giving them isn't listed on a database yet. I've also gotten some laundry done. Regular chores like cooking and cleaning up still have to be done no matter how busy I am. . It's easier now that I have evicted the ants.

One of these days we may get around to going out to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary, which was a week ago Saturday. A lot of things happened that prevented celebrating that day, and we didn't want to go out on Father's Day. By Monday my infection needed medical intervention and I had to spend time on a doctor visit, and since I've been on the medication eating out would be wasted. Maybe we'll celebrate some time after July 4.

Meanwhile, I'll just do the best I can to be the best I can and leave the rest in God's hands. Maybe one of these days I'll retire from writing, too, and live in the real world again.

Image Credit » I took the photo.

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BarbRad wrote on June 28, 2015, 5:42 PM

I'm surprised to see this posted. The captcha was rejected both times I submitted the post and I was told to try again. When I checked the home page to see if there was a site-wide problem, I saw that this had posted.

Kasman wrote on June 28, 2015, 5:56 PM

We can only do what we can do. Rationing our efforts is the way forward.

MegL wrote on June 28, 2015, 6:19 PM

You mean writing isn't the real world? LOL

BarbRad wrote on June 28, 2015, 7:09 PM

I prefer to call that budgeting my time.

BarbRad wrote on June 28, 2015, 7:10 PM

It isn't -- at least not for me. I miss my time in the real world, my photo walks, etc. I can't go for photo walks again until I get off the medication which makes me more sensitive to sun. After that I think I can start walking again. It is really hard to do my daily photo blog with no new photos coming in.

morilla wrote on June 28, 2015, 7:52 PM

It's not a 'writing drought.' You have the ideas. You're getting it down on paper. What you're indicating is simply "too much to do, not enough time/energy to do it." As has already been suggested, 'pacing' is something people often tend to forget about on these sites. Otherwise, burn out will create a drought that could result in desiccation in not only the posting, but the actual writing and desire as well.

bestwriter wrote on June 28, 2015, 8:58 PM

I can never think of putting you and 'writing draught' on one page. You have far too many places where you need to post.
Congrats on reaching 50 golden married years.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 28, 2015, 9:59 PM

Congratulations on your anniversary, hope you start feeling better soon

Paulie wrote on June 28, 2015, 10:34 PM

Congratulations on your 51st wedding anniversary. For your age, you are setting some kind of awesome schedule which most other people couldn't kleep up with. Did you have carpenter ants in your home and how did you get rid of them?

cheri wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:07 PM

That happens to me too. Writing sometimes becomes difficult. I have the same clouds here in my place.

CoralLevang wrote on June 29, 2015, 3:48 AM

51 years of marriage? Congratulations!

But for some reason, I thought you and I were around the same age...and all I could think of was....What? She was married at 8yo? I think I need sleep.

peachpurple wrote on June 29, 2015, 5:02 AM

You sure are good at posting articles

jiangliu1949 wrote on June 29, 2015, 9:12 AM

You seem to have had a very busy schedule lately .Be careful you don't overtax yourself.Congratulate you on your 51st wedding anniversary !Last year was your golden wedding anniversary ,I reckon you surely threw a party to celebrate it .

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:30 PM

Wisely spoken. Pacing myself is something I need to learn. Right now my priorities have to be my own sites.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:31 PM

Thank you. It's actually 51. You're right that I have too many places to post.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:35 PM

I called an exterminator. He was here for an hour. The ants have vacated. He listed them as Argentine ants and house ants. He charge me $105. i got recommendations from others in my neighborhood before hiring him.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:38 PM

It didn't rain. I watered more thoroughly than usual last night because some planting don't usually get watered and they were looking pretty unhappy.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:40 PM

I noticed from something you posted that you are really somewhat younger than me. Maybe you come across as older because of the wisdom you have acquired and the experiences you share.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:41 PM

I'm sure I'll feel better when I stop taking those pills. I'll be off them by Independence Day. Thank you.

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BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:47 PM

Thank you. Sometimes I see many things I need to improve. I often have to proofread and edit several times before posting.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:50 PM

No party. Usually the children through the party, and both our children died before we did. We really don't care much about the parties anyway. What we celebrate is that we are still both here and together. My dad never made it to his 50th. He was two years younger than I am now when he died.

msiduri wrote on June 29, 2015, 8:18 PM

Happy 51st. I'm sorry your children aren't here to help you celebrate, though.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 2:01 AM

It's easy to feel out of sorts when you're on antibiotics. I hope you feel better soon!

jiangliu1949 wrote on June 30, 2015, 3:41 AM

BarbRad I am Sorry that my comment reminded you of your children that died young ! Yes,what is worth celebrating the most is that you two have been on intimate terms with each other for more than 50 years .

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AliCanary wrote on July 1, 2015, 1:33 AM

It seems like a neverending whirlwind of work, doesn't it? I'm very behind on things like reading (actual books) and on writing for my own two blogs. We do what we can.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 1, 2015, 4:32 PM

Happy Anniversary! I hope that infection has cleared up and that your drought is over with.

BarbRad wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:50 AM

So am I. i'd rather have them than any party.

BarbRad wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:52 AM

It's OK . It's not something I don't think about anyway. And having each other still around is very much worth celebrating.

BarbRad wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:53 AM

Three more pills. I feel fine except for what the pill schedule does to the eating and sleeping schedule.

BarbRad wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:54 AM

I've been stealing the time to read books. I am, after all, a book blogger.

BarbRad wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:54 AM

I'm pretty sure that infection is gone. I just have to finish taking the pills.

msiduri wrote on July 2, 2015, 9:15 AM

I can understand that. I don't have children—never met the right guy and when I did it was too late. But I'm happy to be with the right guy.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 2, 2015, 7:17 PM

I used to get all discombobulated when I took antibiotics. Nowadays, a lot of doctors and pharmacists are changing the dosing schedule so it doesn't mess with your eating and sleep schedule so much. But, of course that also depends on other factors such as any other meds that perhaps can't be taken at the same time....

Shellyann36 wrote on July 4, 2015, 6:32 PM

Good to hear that! Enjoy this holiday weekend.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on July 4, 2015, 8:09 PM

That's me right now, too. I have little time to even think of something to write. When I do, it's usually a journal-type "what my day was like" thing, which I have going through my head as it happens. Of course, that's usually in the car. By the time I get home, I have reports to do, and then there's no time even if I weren't mentally exhausted. I'll be glad when I'm more established and have a more secure income to fall back on. I'm getting there slowly, but it means very long days right now with no time for anything else.

BarbRad wrote on July 6, 2015, 2:45 AM

I'm glad you've some income, but sorry it's so hard on you physically. I do miss you .

MariaMontgomery wrote on August 15, 2015, 5:17 PM

Barb, I hope you are feeling much better by now. I clicked on the link above to BarbsBooks. It's a great-looking website. I saw that it was powered by WordPress -- what theme are you using? I'm still experimenting with various themes on WP. I looked for a "like" button and a "follow" button on BarbsBooks, but didn't see them. Did I overlook them somehow?