Pass the Rum, IWSG

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“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury

My insecurity this month is sobering up.

I don’t want to leave the intoxicated bliss of believing in myself. Because outside of it, I have to face the harsh reality that there are like, a gazillion more people in this world and most of them are 1.) more talented than me 2.) know how to advertise themselves 3.) are probably working at least a *smidge* harder than I am and 4.) have their shit figured out.

Which I’m still trying to do.

Most of the time I don’t care. That’s where the intoxicated bliss comes in. Like, 78% of the time, I’m happy for everyone who’s doing their thing. And doing it well. And doing it successfully. Because if musicians didn’t compose and artists didn’t create, my Pandora stations would be pointless and there’d be nothing to look at while dozing off during writer’s block. Art inspires art. It’s a cycle. I get it. And that’s why 78% of the time, I’m thrilled that 1,2,3 and 4 are happening for you. Truly.

But once all the rum is gone, that sobering reality descends and I’m all shit, why am I even bothering? I take a step out of my creative haze and it’s like the day has gone to night and up is down and what the hell was I thinking? I like being drunk on writing. There’s a sort of soothing comfort that makes everything okay when one is the master of their own universe. It’s exhilarating. Absolutely anything can happen.

Until you sober up realize you’re just an ant. And it’s hard to go from an architect to an ant. It’s even harder when you’re not a recognized architect, and you work in a little cubicle passing out mail while the big boys upstairs keep tossing out bestseller after bestseller and you think one day that’s going to be me. I’m going to make it. But in order to do that, you’ve got to stock up on the rum. And constantly drink it. And constantly stay drunk. Because the minute you sober up, the possibility of reaching that higher office dwindles because you’re just a lowly ant again.

And that’s my fear. I don’t want to lose belief that I belong anywhere other than here, in front of this computer, building things for you.

So how do you guys deal with this? Are you constantly drunk on writing? Or do you slip into reality and get face punched with the awful truth that the odds, President Snow, are most definitely NOT in our favor?

How do you remain an architect?

Are My Eyes Bleeding Yet?

I read a Chuck Wendig post that said he wrote 10,000 words in a day. ONE DAY. Today I’ve written just shy of 4,000 and my eyes feel like they’re going to peel back and fall out of my skull. So what did I do? I took a break and turned on the TV (another screen) to watch old episodes of Will & Grace and eat the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I made because we’re out of food and I couldn’t drive to get food because the worker guys were outside doing something to the septic tank that’s been explained to me multiple times, but since it’s super boring, I didn’t pay any attention. All I know is they’re supposed to be there (but NOT leave their Dr. Pepper and Burger King cups on the window sill DAMMIT) and I couldn’t leave because someone should be here and since I’m technically unemployed, it made more sense for me to stay home anyway rather than Batman who actually does work for his living.

But 4,000 words right?

I know. BIG day.

I also tried writing these mini-memoir pieces because when you’re a writer, you’ve got to pursue all avenues. Creative non-fiction, I guess. I have three written but I’m super terrified to post them because they’re kind of different from my normal writings (I think) but so are my novels which tend to be a bit on the serious side while my blogs are more of “this is the weird stuff I live through” kind of thing.

I downed some wine, per my usual pre-posting procedure, and added a piece about our journey to get a new TV under Personal Stories. I hope you like it and that it doesn’t suck. You can tell me if it does. I understand. But the wine rack is stocked anyway, so I have a shoulder to cry on since Batman is busy watching the draft.

Really, guys? Keep it together.

Really, guys? Keep it together.