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The Bloggy Blah, Blah, Blahs

Happy Friday everyone. Casey here!

IMG_0990There comes a time in every blogger’s life when you hit the “wall”. The “OMG, what am I going to blog about this week (day, month)?” blues.

It happens to us all. Some more frequently than others. I know that I feel that sharp pang of panic more and more often than before.

We’re all strapped for time. In the case of the Scribes, in addition to being writers (with deadlines/goals), most of us have full time jobs, families and other responsibilities. It’s not always easy to whip up a blog post like a Betty Crocker cake.Cupcakes of Doom

Here it is, at the end of 2012 and I have the bloggy blahs. Yes, that is a technical term! So I figure, what better way to fight the blahs, then to offer some tips for combating total blog boredom:

1. Consider all ideas – no matter how crazy. Generally the Seven Scribes blog is focused on a writer’s journey, but all work and no play make Johnny crazy! It’s okay to deviate once in a while – mix it up. Please.

2. Tell a story with pictures. Some of our more popular posts are about what us Scribes do when we aren’t writing. Share something meaningful (and, no, that doesn’t mean TMI or ranting!)

Me and Scar

3. Utilize guest bloggers. A word of caution – especially for writers – beware of guests who only do promo for their latest book and nothing else. Cultivate questions and encourage them to do more than talk about their latest book.

4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s a blog. Chances are it’s not going to change the course of human events.

5. However, do remember that a blog can be meaningful to someone else and may touch them depending on the topic.

6. Celebrate success. We all love to hear good news. Don’t be shy! Share it!Flowers

7. Size doesn’t matter. A blog post doesn’t have to be the length of War and Peace. I appreciate a short, pithy post. If I see a wall of words, I may just skip you (sorry, but there are only so many hours in the day).

And finally, when in doubt, do what I just did, blog about how you’re doing. If you’re struggling with something. Chances are someone else out there is too. Ask for help. Most everyone loves to offer suggestions and maybe you might learn something new or solve a problem.

How do you combat blah-dom? Please share your tips, tricks and suggestions!

Bending the Space Time Continuum

Casey here! Another Friday has arrived and that has me thinking about the space/time continuum and the movie My Cousin Vinny.

Anyone remember that movie? It starred Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei and was about a  lawyer whose nephew had been arrested in a podunk town on murder charges.During the trial, there’s a memorable cross-examination that went like this (from IMDB):

Vinny Gambini: How could it take you five minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit-eating world 20 minutes?
Mr. Tipton: Um… I’m a fast cook, I guess.
Vinny Gambini: [across beside the jury] What? I’m sorry I was over there. Did you just say you were a fast cook? Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than any place on the face of the earth?
Mr. Tipton: I don’t know.
Vinny Gambini: Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?

I’ve always loved this scene, especially the mention about the laws of physics and magic grits. Which leads me to these thoughts about how the space/time continuum works in my life. These are my observations. Individual results may vary.

Things that take forever:

  • work
  • grocery shopping
  • laundry
  • the first 30,000 words of my latest book
  • writing blogs, queries, back cover blurbs, taglines, and synopses
  • appointments of any kind
  • errands

Things that seem like they take five minutes but really eat up hours:

  • Social media – especially Facebook
  • watching television
  • finding pictures to go on the aforementioned blogs
  • crafting/gaming
  • daydreaming
  • reading books or magazines
  • drawing or painting
  • writing after 30,000 words
  • answering e-mails

It’s funny how we all get the same 24 hour day, but the way we perceive the passage of time affects our enjoyment and/or stress level. They say time flies when you’re having fun and “they” aren’t kidding!

How about you? What would be on your list of space/time bending activities?