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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

F is for Freedom or Frustration? Followers, and Fantastical Creatures

Yeah, um, that blog title is huge, and I don't know how well I'll cover everything, but I figure this will help distract me from translating the Descent of Ishtar (kill me now!) and give me something else to think about.

First off: Forty Followers!!!!!!! *spazzes out* I can't believe it. You guys mean so much to me. Knowing there are people out there reading and commenting.... It's Fantasically Fantabulous.

Second off: I figure there are two aspects to writing: Freedom and Frustration.


I picked this pic because for me, this embodies freedom. A path to take where you will, when you will, benches to pause and rest on. There are (hopefully) these freedom moments when writing. When all the words are lining up just right. When you can sit for an entire day typing, forgetting about food, forgetting about sleep, forgetting about everything except the world unwrapping itself around. (Okay, some of you would never forget to eat, but I would so just imagine you could forget to eat.) It is freeing to be able to write.

It is also Frustratin:

His main character just shot three people and squawked like a duck. Ahhh!

THEN there are days where we can't even write two words, everything we write sounds like garbage in a rusty garbage bin, and when we try to get a character to act correctly they end up flying off on spaceships and leaving us alone to sit in front of our laptops/computers/notebooks trying not to scream or throw shoes at the nearest individual. We know we're writing for a reason, but the only thing we see is the myriad letters laughing at you, because you can never be a writer.

This is why all writers are insane. We have our FREEDOM! VICTORY! days, followed by a day of Frustrating, and it leaves everyone around us wondering: What is wrong with them?

What are your favorite Freedom moments? Do you have a special way of dealing with the Days of Frustration? (other than eating lot's of sugar and pretending to be a cow... not that I've ever done that, or even thought of doing that.)

And just for quick...

My friend and I were looking up mythological creatures when we found this:

The Uma-No-Ashi, which is a leg that dangles from trees to kick passersby. Don't you love the Japanese? That is just so random.

Then there's the Fear Gorta, who comes around during famines. According to legend they originate from Hungry Grass, which is a bit of grass cursed by fairies. At least, that's what wikipedia says, and we all know that if wikipedia says it it has to be true. *eyes roll*


Jackee over at Winded Words is having a contest. Apparently her prizes are lucky, so check her out.

Also, Lisa and Laura have an EPIC contest over at their blog. They're sisters, and who doesn't love sisters?

Alright. That's enough for one day. My homework is feeling a good amount of rejection, so this blog has served its purpose.


Ellie said...

You are funny and to the point; great post. Freedom moments...being alone with my thoughts, is freeing when it happens. I mean I have an idea and no idle chit chat is being bounced off my brain. Frustration, I deal with by walking, yoga and
blogging, either reading others or typing my own.

Jayne said...

Oh I hear you - freedom is wonderful; frustration is the pits. There is no complacency with anything. On freedom days I just write and write and write, and eat chocolate. On frustration days I wonder what the hell I am doing, and eat chocolate. Basically chocolate factors quite highly!

Love that random leg that kicks people! How strange… I wonder if there is a random arm that slaps people as well.

Falen said...

Ha! I've heard of the uma-no-ashi before. The asian culture spirits and myths are always crazy and awesome

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

I think I'm in the frustration part now. sigh.

Caledonia Lass said...

Hmm, I wouldn't trust Wikipedia too much. I know a guy who likes to go in and edit it to suit his needs and he makes up stuff. He's been banned a couple times. (Okay, 50 but who's counting?) So... yeah. :D

AchingHope said...

Ellie: Aw, thanks :) Yes, I find blogging helps with my frustration too. It's good to have support of other people.

Jayne: Mmmm... Chocolate. Haha! I hope there is an arm that slaps people. That would be amazing!

Falen: It's so true. I've been reading up on ninjas and stuff. Pretty interesting stuff.

Amy: Awww... :( Sadness. Hope you get out of it soon. Frustration is no fun.

Caledonia Lass: Yeah, I know. I hardly touch it, but I looked up the Uma-No-Ashie on other sites, so I know it's true, it was just the easiest site to link to. Yes. I am a lazy bum.

Palindrome said...

I love all things Asian!!

I watch a lot of TV & movies and eat donuts. That helps until I get sick then I cry. hahahahha, kidding. I never cry. Except during Lost. Then I cry happy jears.

Lisa and Laura said...

Thanks for the shout out!

AchingHope said...

@Palindrome: Ahahahaha... Jears. Yes, I hardly ever cry too.

@Lisa and Laura: Of course! :)

Blam said...

I figure this will help distract me from translating the Descent of Ishtar

Man, I didn't even know they made a sequel...

Don't you love the Japanese? That is just so random.

Wait 'til you get to the kasa-obake!

VW: lidysion — How bottlecaps stay on.

Blam said...

PS: Why is your blog on West Coast time?

AchingHope said...

I don't know. I just realized that the other day and tried to fix it, but it wouldn't let me. I thought I had finally figured it out, but I guess not. Weird.