Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What to write?

I signed a contract that said I would blog for 90 days after finishing the Artist's Way. I've missed two days in the last two weeks ... nights when I fell asleep before I could crawl to the computer.

After all these years, I think I have to finally resign myself to the conclusion that I am NOT productive late at night. Beyond about 9:30ish it tends to slide into a very bad downhill spiral of non-productivity. Instead, I siddle into mind numbing internet surfing that rarely turns up anything interesting. The next morning I kick myself for missing the opporunity to go and read one of the multitude of blogs I try and make an appearance at.

Which in reality, makes this post just a waste of cyber space ... an attempt to do something because I said I would, but for it to be rather worthless. I need to keep better track of my blogging ideas (a habit that I really need to get into) and sit down to write earlier.

As a luxury I've got the first Series of Sex and the City out on DVD. I have 14 nights so may as well get out all the DVDs that I long to watch and never get a chance to. I was well behind the eight ball in writing by the time that I got here.

Best thing now is to say good-night, turn off the lights and perhaps finish 'The Handmaids Tale' so I can begin my next book ... keeping my two books a month target well and truly alive.


Paul said...

You have a better reading constitution than I!

I managed to get through The Time Traveler's Wife in three days, but it was recommended to me by a friend (well, I was ordered to read it!) which is why it was so quick. Books I've told myself to read, they get pushed back for other things. Like the Brothers K, which is now approaching about the six month of reading...

Jodi Cleghorn said...

The Time Traveller's Wife is the next on my list(again pushing back Joyce!) I read some comments about it on Shelfair (and stupidly some person gave away how the book ends - so I will read it anyway and see how it comes to that point at the end) Hopefully the library will have it - otherwise I'll just go and buy it. I've never been a huge fan of the library ... sadly I like to read and then keep the book ... no wonder we've got a house full of books.

And I discovered in Dave's pile of unread books in the bedroom Titus Groans ... wasn't that one of the books you applauded on one of those multitude of lists we went through a while back?

Paul said...

The funny thing is, you get to see how the book ends very early in the plot. The good thing about a time travel book is that the end can come at the beginning and still leave you with plot!

Yeah, Titus Groan and it's sequel Gormenghast are great - they usually come in a collected trilogy with Titus Alone, but it is a huge departure from the previous two, and it feels as if the third book is only an early draft.

Well worth a read - Titus Groan is about the society in the castle Gormenghast, whereas Gormenghast is about the young earl Titus Groan!

d sinclair said...

the handmaid's tale is wonderful... loved it through and through.

Go easy on yourself Jodi - sometimes contracts can be ways we set ourselves up to fail. Revise the contract and put out fewer posts that satisfy you more!

seriously, getting an entire series of Sex in The City out on dvd is a lure away from the computer! But its good to have 'me time' that's for sure :)

Jodi Cleghorn said...

I finished the Handmaids Tale last night and it's been a long time since I've been verging on speed reading to get to the end to find out what happened. Pretty amazing.

My contract also states that I will get up and walk every day - huh! That hasn't happened ... and I'm OK with that. I enjoy blogging but I think I've been feeling the shadow of Merc Retro ... with less inspiration? Have read that writers will take the Mercury Rx period rather heavily ..hmmm??

I love Sex and the City ... Dave's away in NT so I'm taking the time to indulge in some TV that takes me back to a time that's long gone - of Monday night with the girls, the Tim Tams andthe chardy!