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Finding My Lost Can Opener

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on May 19, 2011 in Writing |

Help! I seem to have broken my can opener. Or maybe the can opener is working, but there’s nothing inside the can. Can anyone help me? Does anyone even know what I’m talking about?

While I figure out how to get the can opener fixed (or how to fill the can back up), I’ve been pursuing other creative avenues.

I’ve been working on a counted cross stitching project (no, I’m not an 80-year-old grandmother) that I started years ago and totally forgot about. It’s of a green dragon on top of a cliff with a castle and a giant moon in the background. If I ever finish it, I think I’ll hang it in The Boy’s room, which we’ve decided to paint a light green.

I’ve also been reading…a lot. In my literary adventures, I was chased by zombies; I was a super-smokin’ rock star who reconnected with an old girlfriend; I tripped in my designer shoes, went back in time, and fell in love; I was an Irish princess who was kidnapped and forced into slavery; and I was two different boys with the same name, both of whom fell in love.

I’ve even been thinking about dusting off my guitar case and plucking out a few tunes. At least I’m keeping busy, even if my muse is on an extended hiatus. What do you do when the mojo isn’t flowing?

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4 Comments

  • Lagomorph says:

    Hmm, too bad the can opener isn't doing much for you now. That sounded promising when you described it.

    The only book that sounds interesting to me is the one with the two boys who fall in love. With each other, right?

  • Lagomorph says:

    And, you play guitar and cross-stitch, in addition to your writing, 17 simultaneous soccer leagues, etc. You make everybody else look like slackers, Ma'am.

    If I don't have inspiration for a project, I play with it for a while, delving into a side issue or something tangentially related to it, then come back to it later.

    BTW, the word verification is ungenta, which I would like to be a real word, such as a color or a medicine. Cue commercial narrator's voice: "With Ungenta, you're more like yourself."

  • Kelly Hashway says:

    I'm always working on more than one project. I like it because sometimes I get blocked where on project is concerned. So I turn to another. I'm still writing and still being productive. If I'm really stuck on creativity, I research for an article. Working with facts is easier sometimes.

    Good luck getting through this. But don't worry, you'll be typing away again soon.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    LOL, Lagomorph about the Ungenta!

    I still think the can opener idea is a good one, but it just doesn't seem to be working for me right now…although I did dream about my WIP last night, so maybe it's just working slowly.

    Oh, and one Will Grayson falls in love with a girl and the other falls in love with a boy (the first Will Grayson's best friend).

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Kelly. My critique group has been looking at a different manusript, one I've been thinking about revising. Maybe I'll work on that for awhile.

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