At last! A day free of any commitments. Free from doctor’s appointments, veterinary check-ups, shopping, cleaning, teaching and errand running. Free of students, lesson plans and check out chicks. Free of driving, being somewhere and forever checking my iPhone calendar for the things I forgot I had forgotten. A free day.

So, of course, I chose to spend my wonderfully event-free day, writing. But of course, Sod’s Law took over immediately after breakfast.

Some call it writer’s block but I prefer to call it a total brain freeze and mental whiteout. Not a single idea worth wasting a verb upon. No satirically black idea worth a double negative. Not even a skerrick of a notion worthy of an introductory adverbial phrase. An odd eh and um discourse marker being the closest to a rational thought.

So I gave up and had more coffee thinking it would help. It didn’t. Walk the dog, more coffee, sit and ponder. Procrastinate about pondering. Ponder then about procrastination. Worry. Have I lost it completely? Did I have it in the first place?

Lunchtime gave me some respite as I pushed the limits of spacial time and made it last until afternoon tea. Which then became my first rational thought for the day. Why is it called afternoon tea? I always drink coffee. I don’t like tea at all. So I renamed it afternoon coffee. At last something productive. Rolling this new phrase around in my head took me to dinner time and by then I was quite hungry after such a long day.

Oh. Being a writer is such a great life. As I sit now, late in the evening, with my umteenth glass of red wine and reflect on my day, I can be proud of my achievement. Two whole words.

Afternoon Coffee.

Now I just need to find a place to use this brilliant new piece of collocated language.

A Writer’s Free Day

24 thoughts on “A Writer’s Free Day

  • 23/08/2011 at 3:22 pm

    Love, love, love for that cartoon…and all the empathy in the world for that situation.

    I almost prefer having short blocks of time to write instead of long spaces without any obligations. That way, if the short block gets lost, I don’t anguish over it like the loooooong blocks where nothing gets done.

    Great post, Derek.

    • 23/08/2011 at 4:36 pm

      You’re right Dianna. Come to think of it, when I set aside big chunks of time to write, I normally end up being completely unimaginative and tend to write mechanically. Which is just a fancy word for writing rubbish I suppose :)

  • 24/08/2011 at 2:36 pm

    I really like reading your blog.. A short but very entertaining blog.. Make the best out of your free day.. thanks for sharing this to us!

    • 24/08/2011 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Helen. It really makes writing much more rewarding knowing that there are readers who enjoy it. Thanks :))

  • 28/09/2011 at 4:26 pm

    LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE the catoon..two thumbs for it very much!..very interesting site..This is just too funny that I’m reading this now. I wasn’t tilting my head at the right angle- it’s all making sense now!

    • 28/09/2011 at 5:13 pm

      Oh Rowena! Wow 4 LIKES!! Now how do I transfer them to Facebook? lol :)

  • 30/09/2011 at 6:38 pm

    Funny and brilliant post and it matches with the cartoon. I like reading it. I would like to read more from you. Thank you!

  • 10/10/2011 at 4:27 pm

    A very informative and well written post.. It is so nice hoe you discuss the benefits of the writing business.. thanks for sharing it to us..

  • 18/10/2011 at 12:21 pm

    At this time it appears like BlogEngine is the best blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

    • 18/10/2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Kia. I’m using WordPress, but will have a look at BlogEngine. Thanks for the tip.

  • 20/10/2011 at 4:07 am

    Great one, you make me laugh, thanks for sharing.

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