Daily Update: That feeling of frustration

I haven’t written in a couple of days. That’s frustrating. It’s not from a lack of desire. It’s from a lack of time. I know this will occur, but hey, I can still feel frustrated, right?

I know that I shouldn’t. I’m still thinking of what I want to/need to write so that means my writing sessions will be more productive.

There’s also the upside as to why I haven’t written. 1) Getting a lot of work on the day job done (even at night) and 2) My favorite daughter’s volleyball team is kicking ass!
My favorite daughter loves volleyball. I love that she loves volleyball. I love to sit on the side next to the wife and other parents and cheer them on. I feel great (for them) when they win. I suffer when they lose. Monday’s game was against a team they’d beaten earlier in the season. In two games (best two out of three). Monday they lost the first game 20-25. They won the second 25-23. The third game was a stressful back and forth and back and forth that finally ended in a win of 18-16 (a game to 15 points that must be won by 2 points). The girls all fought and even if they’d lost, they had nothing to be disappointed about.

Then I watched the Chargers choke on Monday night football and decided to just go to bed knowing that my favorite daughter is on an awesome team.
Last night I had to go to the store a couple of times and do some late night work to get a bit ahead on the project I’m working on. I’m ahead now and I feel good about that. The past two nights have left me spent. So rather than try and write, I watched a couple speed painting videos (I’m learning Photoshop and Illustrator). These helped relax my brain and I’m trying to do something every day with regards to learning how to draw.

I’m learning that drawing is much like writing. It’s all about layers, one on top of the other. It’s a recursive process that you need to go over, and over, and over to get it right. You can just BANG done. I think that’s always been my problem with drawing in the first place.

So I haven’t progressed as much as I would have liked in the past couple of days. That needs to change as I want to have the first draft of Of Gnomes and Dwarves completed before NaNoWriMo starts. Why? During November I want to Start on V&A Shipping II. Yes, after all these years I’m going to write a sequel to V&A Shipping. I’ve got the story in my head, I’ve got a plot in my head, I just need to get some words down, a chapter by chapter blow, then prepare for November where I’ll be writing at least 50,000 words which will be a great start on V&A II.

Before I can do that, I need to get through the work day. I’d better go do that.

Until Tomorrow!


Posted on October 17, 2012, in Daily Update and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Feeling Frustrated. Yup I have been there, really I was there until yesterday. Not saying that I won’t be there again just that for the moment I feel better. Until yesterday I had been having a lot of trouble getting writing done. I was angry and frustrated and everything I wrote went right into the recycle bin because honestly it was horrible. The worst part was that had been going on for weeks.
    Yesterday I did something I knew I could handle (well I really hoped I could) and I asked for writing prompts from people and wrote a bunch of shorts. It felt great and I had one of the most productive days (writing wise) I have had in a long time.

    Is there a lesson here? I don’t know. But this is what I am going to take away from it. Instead of continuing to Bash my head against the wall of the stories I was supposed to be working on I gave myself a break and did something that I love to do and that is make up silly stories.

    Brand Gamblin once told me, when I wrote something like this for him, that I was obviously a man who was working very hard to avoid other work. Maybe that is true. Maybe I do work just as hard not working on what I supposed to but sometimes that is what you need to do.

    I hope you find your way out of the frustration.

    Best of Luck


  2. Thank you Jeff. I haven’t been stuck, just plain worn out. Perhaps I need to start drinking coffee LOL.

    I have been stuck before and it’s never an easy thing to bring yourself out of. I’ve found that doing something similar to what you did (just not as publically) is to write my way out of it. I have a number of stories that came from that and I have a bunch that I’ve started and I doubt I’ll ever finish.

    If anyone ever needs half a short story to work on, let me know. I have a bunch 🙂

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