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15 June 2010 @ 09:43 am
dusting off the blog  
As people have been reminding me, it's been ages since I've posted anything, just three posts in five weeks. I've been busy at work, catching up on things that built up during vacation. And I've been slowly sinking into a depression since coming home. I'm become thoroughly unmotivated and am spiraling into anhedonia.

I haven't done any new writing on the novel since April and the time off hasn't exactly recharged my batteries. In fact, just the opposite. I'm right back to the paralysis I was feeling back in February. The few times I have made myself sit down to write, I basically just edited chapters I've already completed.

Needless to say, resolutions are all but forgotten. I'm eating poorly, watching too much television, and wasting idiotic amounts of time on the internet. I haven't even been riding my bike lately because it's been getting ultra-frequent flats, probably from the heat. I keep the tires underpressurized and try to park it in the shade, but no luck. Maybe there's something hidden in the tire.

Well, with any luck this is the low point of my current funk and I will resolutely start bouncing back.

Listening to: The Clash - "Lost in the Supermarket"
I am that rough man standing ready in the nightwarpedpuppy on June 15th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
welcome back! Tomorrow you should post the remake of this photo that the model's daughter did in Playboy a couple years ago.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on June 15th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
A fellow fan of the The Thought Experiment, eh?
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 15th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it is time for another vacation already.

Yay, for the posting. I've missed having you make me mistake Tuesdays for Wednesdays. :P

Boo, for depression. You should be happy, because you are Gridley, and you are awesome. And editing is important too, and you will get the novel back on track. And food and TV and internet aren't so bad sometimes. And maybe a new bicycle tire?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Aw.... thanks!

theballadofyoko on June 15th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
They might be from the inner tube. I'd have it checked out-- replacement tubes are cheap.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Flats
Oh, yeah, I'm doing a new tube each time.
orcaarroworcaarrow on June 16th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Sorry you are feeling depressed. I can only imagine how tough it is.

On the writing front, don't work on the novel. Just pull out a notebook and start writing something totally random.

I hope you start working out again, you always seem to feel better when you are eating better and working out.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Tinelithtinelith on June 16th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're back. I hope things get better for you soon!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on June 16th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Give the tire a thorough inspection. There's probably some small piece of something stuck in there that keeps puncturing the tube.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I figure. I'll find it one of these go-rounds.
traballenguastraballenguas on June 18th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hey! Good to see you back. and with that pic, it looks like you are back in fine form!
jerolj on June 19th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Ye gods, is that Barbi Benton? Man I haven't thought of her in ages.

As far as getting back on the writing horse, I'm all for journal writing. Do a few pages each morning - just stream of consciousness shit. Sooner or later something will start taking shape.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on June 19th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Barbi Benton, but this is Gale Olson, Miss August 1968.

Thanks for the advice.