Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mental Roadblock

Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese.  Today's prompt is A Roadblock.

 
There are all kinds of roadblocks.  The ones we see on the street are easily overcome by a detour directing us around the event that caused the blockage.  

Bloggers face roadblocks too.  We stare at blank screens until our eyes glaze over like the remnants of yesterday's donuts.  We mark out endless lines of slumber-inducing stories written after too much indulgence has turned our brains too mush.  Mental roadblocks are the worst because there are no detours, no signs and no one directing our mental traffic around the barricades.

Now let's check in with Bonnie Blogger to see what's on her mind.

Nothing.  That's what's on my mind.  It's blank!  My mind is a total blank.  I am supposed to write a post every day for 30 days and what have I got?  This is only day 2 and I am blanking out. I've got nothing here.  Geez, what was I thinking? 

What I thought was that having a goal would help me get back on track, get back to my blogging roots.  I mean you can only depend on picture posts for so long.  But no!  I have a list of 30 pre-selected topics and I totally freeze.  The cheese has already been devoured, and the next course food-related topic isn't until day 12.

I can probably use my cats for days 7 & 10.  Day 8 is easy, and 18 is probably good too.  Day 30 is a common saying around here. 

There should be a day devoted to wine.  Oh wait, I think that's day 26, and I don't know if I can hang on that long.  Who came up with these crazy prompts anyway?  I know, I know, they asked for suggestions, but did I offer any?  Noooo, I just sat back and waited to see what the powers that be decided we should write about.  

I could be writing about a tropical paradise, about lying in a hammock sipping exotic drinks from a pineapple with fancy little paper umbrellas and being fanned by handsome natives whose only English consists of "yes" and "would you like another"?

I could be writing about...well you get the idea.  But no, I had to wait and see.  Therefore, I am at the mercy of two insane creative folks and their equally insane creative list of topics.  All of which are barring my way to scoring the coveted 500 point post.  Major mental roadblock in progress.

Likely by the time this is over I'll need to get on the waiting list for therapy since I hear those who took part in the last challenge are still there.  

So, there sits Bonnie Blogger, gulping copious amounts of drinking wine and weeping over an crumb-covered plate once filled with cheese, desperately wishing she had two mildly amusing words to put together.





15 comments:

  1. Linda, you slayed me! From "the remnants of yesterday's donuts" to the "handsome natives whose only English consists of yes and would you like another"! Hysterical!! I happily award you 500 points and I'll also bump you up on the therapy waiting list (you can take MikeWJ's place - I don't think therapy will do much good there!). :-)

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  2. This made me really chuckle! Were you writing about me? I couldn't even think outside the box with this one. I don't drive, so I don't do 'Roadblock' is all I could come up with - nothing!

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  3. Gee I was going to say you'll never get 500 points for this post if you call Nicky insane. But I've seen Nicky's comment and all I can say is you must be spot on. She's absolutely insane.

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  4. Wonderful post and just the laugh that I needed this morning after struggling with that darn "roadblock" prompt!

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  5. Nicky- Thank you!!! I happily accept the 500 points and closer spot on the therapy list. I'm sure I'll need. ;)

    Babs- Ya'll are always so funny, we'll give you a break on this one. I haven't gotten around to all the posts yet (weekend stuff going on), but I'm sure there are some great ones today.

    nonamedufus- I think there is a bit of insanity in all of us who signed on to this challenge.

    laughingmom- Were you experiencing a bit of a roadblock on this one? ;) Looking forward to getting around to everyone.

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  6. It's not nice to call Nicky insane, she prefers "high functioning". (don't tell her I told you, k?)

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  7. hahah. great post after all. You killed me with the glazed over eyes like a donut. I get that every time I sit down to write lately.

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  8. This Bonnie Blogger sounds like she has some serious issues. ;)

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  9. Honey, there are NO roadblocks in THIS post! VERY WELL DONE! I wish I could be this creative!

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  10. Excellent! I love this post. And Bonnie Blogger seems like she needs to just take a deep breath! Haha. :)

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  11. Dropped by to see you! I grinned all the way through this one. Cute, very cute...Peaks my interest to read the next one!

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  12. Yep, more than one of us (myself included) have begun to despair at being only at day 2. Just 28 to go!

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  13. Sometimes the detour is better than the original path. I think this was a fun and funny post. I love it when you go freestyle and just let the words flow. They're always there for you, but sometimes they blossom in unexpected ways.

    This is great challenge to take on. I wish you good luck with it. Hopefully, I'll be able to check in now and then. I must admit I'm bit weary of travel. Take good care.

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  14. "Bloggers face roadblocks too.  We stare at blank screens until our eye glaze over like the remnants of yesterday's donuts.  We mark out endless lines of slumber-inducing stories written after too much indulgence has turned our brains too mush.  Mental roadblocks are the worst because there are no detours, no signs and no one directing our mental traffic around the barricades."

    That is SOFA KING TRUE. And SOFA KING frustrating!

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  15. notactuallygod - I'll remember that!

    Leeuna- That's how we all feel from time to time.

    Unfinished Person- Don't we all? Gazes blankly at the screen...

    Katherine- Thank you so much!

    P.J- Thank you. I'll have her practice deep breathing exercises.

    Ashley- Thanks for checking in. It is sure to be a whacky month.

    Mike - I got a little behind on some of my responses. It is day 7 and counting.

    Sara- It is an interesting challenge, and as someone put it "a kick in the pants". In other words, a jump start.

    Meleah- Indeed it is, and we all face it sometime.

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