Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Concentration? Kaput!

Hurricane Sandy stole my concentration. Ever since those six days without power and then the nervous-making gas shortage, I've been unable to settle back into writing. I'm not talking about being as creative as putting words on the page. I can't even concentrate on pondering the problems in my two current projects!
Here's how I feel:
All foam, no beer.
No grain in my silo.
A few cards short of a full deck.
Missing a button on my remote control.
My sewing machine's out of thread.
I'm one taco short of a combination platter.
The cheese has slid off my cracker.
My elevator doesn't go to the top.

Now compared to Sandy's physical destruction, I know my problem is small. Maybe writing this post will jump start a writing routine?

Thanks to The Paper Wait I had a deadline. Will a deadline do the trick?

Photo credit: Mel Evans/AP.


  1. Gale,

    So sorry to hear that Hurricane Sandy has left you unable to concentrate on your writing. Perhaps you could allow yourself a timeout to "grieve" and even write out your frustrations and pain. Some new manuscript idea may develop that is a result of the storm and you may get your concentration back. I wish you the best.

  2. I am having the same trouble Gale. I seem to be flitting around the house without finishing a project (home or writing). And I'm still wondering if the power will go out again in the next few minutes.
    Post traumatic Sandy Syndrome.
    And we're the lucky ones. I'm sure we'll be back to normal soon. My thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered massive loss of property, and especially those who tragically lost loved ones.

  3. Linda,
    Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sure this is temporary, but it's frustrating!
    Glad to know I'm not the only one.

  4. How about a Storm Story?
    Maybe when you're ready...

  5. I know how you feel. I considered Sandy to be a good opportunity to start a book in longhand. I even got out a brand, new notebook. Didn't write a word. Sigh.

  6. Mirka,
    Yes, it will be interesting to see how many storm stories appear in the future.

    I'm sighing with you!