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Writer’s Block

Well, it happens to all of us.  I have writer’s block and its OK.  I simply don’t feel like writing and all of my fall/halloween/ work duties are overwhelming me.

In fact, I don’t feel so hot. Could it be swine flu?  Please Lord, no.  So I’m going to crawl under the covers right now and fend it off.  I have a son coming home form college today and I want to be happy and chipper and make his favorite meal. Right now?  I feel like the meal.  Leftovers.

I am working on a new blog about throwing out my bra.  the one that has supported me through good times and bad for the past 3 years.  Yes, I wear a good bra into the ground.

So when I get my mojo back…. ill have a new blog.  In the mean time- some more of my favorite words– they are just fun to say.  And Id like to hear yours too.

CRISP

STENCH

DECREPIT

REPULSIVE

28 Comments

  1. Lynn Rapone

    October 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Lee –just worry about yourself and get better. When the Mom gets sick everyone suffers. I know. I’m glad your son will be home this weekend from school. This time of year just sucks. I hate it. It’s suppose to be a happy time of year — the holidays, but when your a Mom it’s lousy. Costumes, deorations, pumpkins, carving pumpkins, etc. Then when that ends it’s time for Thanksgiving and all that damn cooking! Then as soon as that ends the Christmas decorations come out. It’s a whole weekend project. Then the following weekend it’s time to go cut down a Christmas tree. I know we should be having fun but sometimes being a mom is not fun — it alot of responsibility that only women know about. Hope you feel better. Lynn

  2. Deb Woerpel

    October 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Lee,
    Hope you are feeling better. This flu situation is overwhelming. My husband is a high school principal, and he says it is the major concern on a daily basis. Some area schools have even cancelled classes for a few days because of the absentee rates! So hope you are on the mend. Hope also that your son had a wonderful visit home. This blogging thing is still a bit new for me, but now my daughter wants me to add facebook as well! Not going to happen any time soon.
    The real reason I am writing is that I re-read your first book – In an Instant – this weekend. Couldn’t put it down. I so hope there will be another Lee Woodruff book somewhere down the road. You truly know how to reach a person’s heart with your words.
    Speaking of words – I have a favorite: “mischievious”. My friend and I use it to describe our dogs and their creativity for finding trouble! Rest and take good care.
    Deb

  3. amy

    October 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Lee,

    I’ve always loved saying the word LUGUBRIOUS.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your chapter “Swimming Through It”. You are a real inspiration. I swim laps at least five times a week and I plan to do this the rest of my life (I’m 59). At the high school pool I have made new friends, improved my health, worked through angry times and generally just had fun by getting in the water.

    Hope you feel better soon,

    Amy

  4. Stan Kaczmarek

    October 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Lee. My favorite word when feeling down or anxious is BACKUP… when a noun, a source of rejuvenation; when a verb, a necessary step to get around immovable obstacles.

    Anyway, I met you this past March at the New York Round Table Writer’s Conference. We spoke a bit about writing and a bit more about the environmental impact of certain waste issues; not bras, one of which you mention will soon be making its way to a landfill, but an item a bit more voluminous and interesting if you remember. Anyway, that conversation got me thinking I should focus my own writing on the environmentalist’s dilemma … how to motivate people to care about the environment, and how to use that motivation to identify, prioritize and act on the issues we are all facing. Would love to know if you think my approach can grow legs (http://www.angertozen.com), and if you would like addressed in a future post the one waste disposal issue you first raised in your speech to us aspiring writers.

    One last thing. I have been down since losing my corporate job in this wonderful economy. I decided to use writing as a way to find humor and inspiration in the experience. The book I was developing and which I mentioned when we first met, Unemployment from Anger to Zen, is now posted at http://www.angertozen.com/intro. As a successful writer, do you have any advice for me on how to use this site as a way to develop the “platform” that every agent tells me is essential if I am ever to be published by one of the established houses?

    (It’s okay with me if you keep private this comment to your post… it is really your feedback I am interested in.)

  5. Anne Seawell

    October 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Lee,
    Glad to learn you’re feeling better and able to be at Alvernia last Tuesday. So enjoyed your evening program and our brief chat at book signing. You are delightful to listen to and read, looking forward to more books! Best to you and your family.
    A word for your list: “wretched”, the way I felt two weeks ago as I held my 15 year old cat as he was put to sleep after fighting numerous illnesses.

  6. Val Slininger

    October 25, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Lee–
    I am with you on the overwhelm…I have blog-writers-block from the same sort of overwhelm. Our oldest son got married in June, our second son is getting married in January. Our son was in a car accident that stopped him from going into the Marines, they all need jobs but this economy and all that goes with it is painfully challenging! Lots going on! All women are in this boat, wearing all the hats, trying to fulfill all their roles. I know your oldest is in college now, and oh how I remember the first visit home, and how important it is! Our only daughter Kate, a jr in college now, just got back in August from an 8 month trip to Africa, and had to leave for college the very next day after she returned from her journey. She came home for the weekend last weekend, for the first time, and it was as if the sun came out again. Everything sounded better, looked better, felt better to me..the sound of her guitar filled the house, and my heart. I am one of those mom’s who (yes I admit it) would go into her empty room while she was in the middle of the poorest part of Africa, and just lay in her bed..look at all her books and journals and maps, and her Beatles posters..and CRY! Having her home woke me back up from my slumber…made me feel sort of whole again. Oh, these heartstrings!!!
    I certainly do hope you are feeling better by now…and that no one else in your family got the sickness…
    Some of my favorite words:
    TINKLING
    CRISP ( I agree with you on that one, for sure)
    PARTICULAR
    SWISH
    CRINKLE
    BLISS
    Have a wonderful weekend, Lee!
    –Val

  7. Paulette

    October 26, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Lee,
    Give yourself a free pass, give yourself a break. You are human, you will get tired, just like the rest of us. Its OK, throw out that bra, set yourself free! Those of us that check your blog on a regular basis, like every day, will be patient. We will give you a day or maybe 2, to feel better. After that, you gotta suck it up, GF!!!
    I of course am joking, just trying to make you smile, and let you know that you are not alone, and take care of you, first. Cant make family happy if you arent, right??
    I have to agree with Deb, another book would be awesome. You really do have a way with words.
    some of my fave words……….
    After some thought, when I feel bad, those words are better left un-typed here. LOL!!!!! Lee, you are a better woman than I :)))
    Luv Ya

  8. Karen Putz

    October 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Like you, I wear my favorite bras until the straps can no longer hold up the flesh. A good bra is like a great shoe–when it fits–it’s heaven!

    I’m going through the same writing slump but ironically, it’s a phrase from your book that has fired me up and produced a blog post that will go out this week.

    “A different ability.” I’ll send you the link when it is up.

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