Writer’s block helps writer with writer’s block
I have a writer’s block. Seriously. It’s an honest-to-goodness block given to me by a friend with suggestions on what to write when the well of ideas is coming up dry. She also made one for my sidekick, Amanda Greever. When we have problems coming up with a topic for a column, we are supposed to roll our block and see what comes up — food, friends, family, fun or blessings.
This is definitely the week for a writer’s block because this writer has some blockage. Well, it’s more of a complete blank where the old thought processor is supposed to be than a blockage, but the result is the same. I have no idea what to write about.
I had actually planned to write today about words. Appropriate for a writer, right? I was going to talk about a game I play online called Text Twist, where you have six letters and you make as many words with those letters as you can in a couple of minutes. The game amuses me, especially when the results fit together as well as they occasionally do. For example, “sadder,” “adders” and “dreads” can all be formed from the same combination of letters. How’s this for a sentence: “He is sadder who dreads not adders.” Give me a break. I’m struggling here.
The first toss of the old writer’s block comes up as “food,” which sort of fits right in with the word game. Did you realize that “edited” and “dieted” have the same letters? Both involve a reduction and/or change of some sort. Since I am now back on the healthy eating plan I abandoned awhile back, perhaps talking about food will work for this column.
Today’s lunch was a peanut butter sandwich on white wheat bread, raw broccoli, carrots and cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing — don’t judge me, new studies show that eating regular dressing in moderation is healthier than that fat-free garbage — and a banana for dessert. It’s been almost 18 hours since I last consumed refined sugar. I can have it if I want it. Since it’s detrimental to my health, I am choosing healthier options, though. My reward will be feeling much better and lowering my risk of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments. Plus, I’ll be able to have more fun with family and friends.
Well, that takes care of all the writer’s block topics except the last one: blessings. I have been blessed beyond measure in so many ways, primarily because of the family and true friends God has placed in my life. They encourage me, keep me grounded, kick my rear when needed, spend time with me and make sure I know they care. I have all I need materially, and some things I don’t need but just enjoy having. A camera, for example. Just in the last two weeks, I’ve been blessed with a visit from a New York cousin and dear friends from Louisiana. The photos of their visits are lovely reminders of the time we were able to spend together. At my daughter’s birthday party last weekend, more memories were preserved when she, the two grandchildren and I piled up in a chair and my son-in-law got a couple of shots of us all tangled up together and laughing.
When I left work Tuesday evening, I had my camera with me. The sky was tinged with deep pinks, blues, golds. The clouds, cotton balls dipped in pink on a blue backdrop, almost took my breath away. At least one of the resulting photos is going in a frame.
Writer’s block? There’s no such thing. When you start counting your blessings, there are not enough words to contain them all.
Linda Albert is Sunday Life editor and a staff writer for The Daily Times. Her column runs every Sunday in the Life section. You may contact her at 981-1168 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)