Clearing the Decks (Untangling Some Stems)


The above is frost in Spring, covering a tangle of last year’s grasses, this year’s sprouts.   I find myself extremely tired right now, and also conscious that all my old pre-blog creative work – i.e. manuscripts of would-be novels – have gotten more and more dried up and tangled.   I just don’t seem to have the verve (or time or mental space) to sprout lots of new little pieces (i.e. poems) and finish the weave of these older bigger projects.  (I’m not sure the bigger projects are more meaningful than the small, but in the past, I did spend a great deal of time on them.)

So, I’m going to try to redirect my focus for a bit – lighten up on textual posts – try to finish at least one old novel manuscript.

Thanks so much for your very kind support.  It has meant (and means) a huge amount to me.  Do check in as I am terrible at keeping resolutions and so I will undoubtedly be putting new things up regularly–little elephants, dogs, photos, a camel or two.   Maybe even just writing about writing.  (Or, you know, a draft poem.)

(I am incorrigible, and believe me, will get readily depressed noveling!  But I do feel I have to give those projects a chance.)

Thanks again.

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25 Comments on “Clearing the Decks (Untangling Some Stems)”

  1. A very honest post. And as you’d have it, I have just read a beautiful piece in last week’s The New Yorker about writing, blocks and inspiration. I can’t remember what it’s called, though. 🙂

    Greetings from London.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      I will look for it. I’m not really suffering from writer’s block, but am just super tired. Thanks though – my daughter gets The New Yorker, so I’ll ask her to get it for me. k.

  2. Good for you! I am a mess still in my neck of the woods–so scattered–I need to figure out where I am going!

  3. heidi Says:

    Yay! It sounds very exciting. We live your elephants, so I know my sweeties and I will still lurk your blog.

  4. We must do what we must do ~ I shall miss you and will look out for you ~ please send me elephants sometimes ~ thanks for the joy you bring ~ looking forward to your next post ~ go on, now, to your projects 🙂 xx

  5. Mary Says:

    Good luck with the novels, Karin. I do understand the need to complete them. And hope you do. It CAN be so rewarding to complete a major project like that.

  6. brian miller Says:

    smiles. best wishes k…i def understand the burn and effect it takes out in blogging and how the focus can get out of whack a bit as well….best wishes on the books and projects….and come back refreshed when you do…smiles.

  7. hedgewitch Says:

    Best wishes going forward for lots of unstressing, untangling, happiness and sanity, as well as whatever makes it all worthwhile for you, k. Thanks for all your reading and support.

  8. claudia Says:

    i hear you k. – life can get tangled up and we seem to lose our focus and even ourselves sometimes in all the things that kinda choke us… take a rest and the time to work on the projects that are on your heart and be nice to yourself, do yourself something good..we sometimes tend to forget this…smiles

  9. When things get tangled, it’s time to untangle. Peace and clarity be yours. Take time, space and silence to do what you need.

  10. G-Man Says:

    It was very thoughtful and sweet of you to visit with an explanation. Lady, you have been exceedingly supportive of The Friday Funfest for a long time, and sure we’ll miss your creative genius, but life goes on. I know you’ll play when the Muse returns. My home is your home…. Always
    ( face pressed up against the window pane, hoping to get a glimpse of her strolling up the sidewalk)

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      You are so sweet, Galen. Muse is sort of here, but I want to re-focus it a bit. But not for long. I miss people like you – especially you–too much. k.

  11. be happy k, in everything you do, big or small, enjoy and grow from each experience ~ remember there’s a season to all things. You have my support and friendship ~ D

  12. David King Says:

    Oh, I do so clearly recognise these concerns — and the analogy with the frost and tangled grasses is a brilliant one. (I would be as happy as a sand boy if I had thought of it.) I shall look forward to the lighter you. Best wishes for the task you have set yourself.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Thanks so much, Dave. The analogy came because I had taken this photo, which I liked very much and mainly just wanted to use. Thanks much. k .

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