Living in Limbo Land

When in limbo, do the lindy hop!  Trip the light fantastic!  Clog dance!  . . . Do something!

Love my title?  Hey-ho, it’s Rey, taking over for The Boss today.  The poor thing’s super stressed these days.  Ya gotta feel for her.  (To be honest, I’m kinda surprised she isn’t chomping countless chunks of chocolate or sucking sweet sherry or something.)

She’s in limbo, trying to find a cover designer that isn’t going to add to the debt pile.  Sure, if she wins the lottery, the sky’s the limit, but at the moment she’s earning a skimpy salary that doesn’t allow for over-the-top expenses.  Lucking in with a formatter ain’t happening, either.

On a positive note, “HA-HA-HA-HA” is moving along—at a snail’s pace, yeah, but the point is, it’s moving.  And she’s sent out some queries.  That’s nothing to sneeze at.  . . . Hold on a sec; Linda’s wanting my attention.

. . . My BFF—soon-to-be former—says I’m “hackneyed expession heavy”.  Like really?  Ex-cuse moi.

Anyway, from my perspective, The Boss isn’t really in limbo.  She’s just taking baby steps.  Nothing wrong with that.

The point of this post is that when you’re in limbo—experiencing writer’s block, struggling with overwhelming responsibilities, or are just feeling “ech”—go with it.  It’s a phase, sort of like a cocooning.  And we know when something’s cocooned, it does eventually open and something amazing emerges!

In the interim, while that limbo thingy lingers, here are my suggestions:

♦  Do something.  Waiting, groaning and/or moaning don’t do much (the woe-is-me gets pretty tiresome pretty fast).  Dance, sing, watch a movie, take a walk, call a friend, call an enemy.  Just . . . do . . . something.

♦  Don’t chastise yourself.  We all have bad/sad moments and that’s okay.  They pass.  Really, they do.

♦  Write, read, draw or doodle.  Focus on something other than yourself.  See what your favorite hero/heroine are up to.  Sketch the view from the front window.

♦  Get something interesting for take-out.  Have a nice glass of wine with it.

♦  Take on an “assignment” like cleaning the closet, getting rid of the dust cows (mine are bigger than bunnies, I tell ya), painting a wall or room.

♦  Watch a good movie—like one of mine.

♦  Listen to music (that’s always uplifting).

♦  Clear up your Junk/Spam folder; get rid of all those “saley” emails that clog up the Inbox.  Set up new folders and reorganize.

♦  Be grateful for what you have—as in, count your blessings.  Not always easy, this I do know.  But make a list of all the good things you have going for you.  They’re there!

Now, what are you going to do when you’re living in limbo?  That’s right!  You’re gonna do something.  . . . Like kick up those heels and do the lindy hop!WPlimbo123RFcom

 

Author: tylerus

I'm primarily a writer of fiction and blog posts, and a sometimes editor and proofreader of books, manuals, and film/television scripts. Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are skills and joys (I enjoy playing detective and developing structure). My fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. My genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and helpful “affirmative” non-fiction. So-o, here I am, staring up a new blog for aspiring and established e-Book writers. The plan: to share the (long) journey of getting to this stage, and share "learnings" and "teachings". There's a lot I hope to accomplish with this blog, but it may be a while before that happens as there's a lot on the ol' plate - taking care of Mom, working full-time, and attempting to get another book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series written (never mind blog postings and other writing projects). It's very challenging and it's all good. As I like to say: teeny focused baby steps are just as effective as long forceful strides. It may take a little longer, but we will get there.

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