Friday evening, my husband was brought home by a co-worker. His Jeep had been making a funny noise all day, and in the process of trying to figure out the problem, he inadvertently busted a hose connected to the radiator. He did figure out the problem. The radiator was leaking and needed to be replaced. It was something he thought he could perform a quick fix on at work and at least make it home, but alas, due to busting the hose, not so much.
So, we spent the dark, rainy evening removing the radiator from his Jeep. I volunteered to help, though today, my surely infected ear wishes I had not! Rain plus cold plus chronic ear infections do not equal a happy Chloe. However, between the two of us, and the help of a YouTube video to find a hidden bolt, we managed to remove the broken radiator so that we could take it with us to the junkyard on Sunday. Junkyards charge a core fee if you don’t bring the broken parts with you.
Other than our day with his daughter on Saturday, I fully intended to spend most of my weekend writing. I have two book projects going and really needed to work as much as possible. The muse, so to speak, has not been speaking to me so much lately. I have been having no issue writing here, but my projects feel flat.
So, we spent the day Saturday with the girl, doing a lot of fun kid things, and that helped, a lot. I did get an article out of that, unfortunately. (I had to write, thanks to a LOVELY comment that came from her mother!)
Of Whores and Horses
“Chloe, my mom said you were a whore. Does that mean since I’m kind of like your kid too that I’m a pony?”
But that was the only low point of the day. Spending time with little ones always brings joy to me. They are just so innocent and free with everything, and I can not help but feel the same way.
Acting like a 6 year old and playing on the playground, including swinging, sliding on the slide, and spinning on the merry-go-round may have added to that. ❤
So what can you do when the muse leaves you?
- Go Outside!
Getting a breath, or three, of fresh air never hurt anyone. If you have children, nieces, nephews, etc. take them to the park. Or just run around in your own yard. If you don’t have children, take a walk. Or a run. Whatever floats your boat.
- Do something different.
I spent most of the day Sunday scrounging around a junkyard with my husband, searching for a Jeep that would hold a radiator that would work in his Jeep. I am not a mechanic. Nor am I very mechanically inclined. However, he gave me a list of different year, make, and models that would work, and I set off in the opposite direction from him and went on a search. I also took pictures that I thought were interesting. Different angles of the yard that looked neat, really old vehicles, etc. It gave me a different perspective of things. And some cool story ideas.
- Don’t write.
*Gasp* I know. Blasphemy. But seriously. Don’t force it. Take a day off. I know this is the antithesis of what you’re always hearing, but I am serious. When you work a regular job, don’t you take time off? You don’t work 7 days a week, normally, do you? Then why would you do it for any other career? I know, numbers, stats, etc. But it will not kill your reputation, numbers, etc. to take some time for yourself and your well-being. And if you’re forcing it, your readers will know. And it won’t be authentic and it won’t be good, to be completely honest.
Call To Action:
Take a breath. Give yourself space. Do something different. Go outside. Your writing will be better for it, but most of all, YOU will be better for it. And it will shine through.