Monday, July 16, 2012

Enough With The Eh - Or Just Gag Me Already!

It's that lull when multiple projects are done and I'm not feeling motivated to start something new.  Maybe there's a gag order, maybe not.  But that's the way it is immediately post-story.   It's a familiar place that used to make me uncomfortable.  I love having a story to go to but I've learned to go with the flow.  Sometimes a creative break really is necessary. 

So as part of my break I wanted to watch something mindless - enter reality TV.  And one of the most annoying words ever to be created emerged as a result of a token Canadian entering the program. 


Suddenly there were eh jokes everywhere.  Who says that?  Supposedly, this is a common Canadian phrase.  Interesting, as I rarely hear anyone use it.  I don't know if I could hang with anyone who did, I might choke them.  

All things Canadian.  To me eh is not one of them.  Other things are - like hockey.  It's our national sport and I'm wearing the t-shirt to prove it.  But.  There it is, there's always the but.   I'm not a big hockey fan.  I'll be as glued to the set as anyone else if Canada is looking like they're about to come out on top in the world of hockey.  But you know, I can count on one hand how many hockey games I've watched in the last few years.  Guess I best stop now or I may be deported, that is if there's anyone looking for a non-eh speaking Canadian with only a slight interest in armchair hockey.

Okay, I don't know about you but that little rant had me feeling better, more creative even, although I'm kind of enjoying my break.  With life colliding like some gigantic opportunistic slug into that space I call the lull between the end of one story and the beginning of another, there's no time to even contemplate new ideas.  This time used to frighten me.  Now I know it's just a space where I take a few days and writing a story is the last thing on my mind.  Then one day I crawl out of bed and there's a story demanding that I figure out what it's all about and start writing it down.  It might be something someone said days earlier, or a local event that gets things going or maybe one of those ideas that I wrote down ages ago.  Whatever it is, the urge to write is back.  It's a strange process but it happens the same way almost every time.

So enough rambling for me.  What gets you fired up to do what you love best? 

And after all that - here's a contest with, rumour tells me, absolutely no strings.  Check it out here.



Lisa McManus Lange said...

Great post....Glad you got writing again. Isn't it amazing how when you feel like you have nothing to write, when you just start, it all comes racing back? Love this one, thank you for the inspiration.
Lisa McManus Lange

Ryshia Kennie said...

It does all come racing back doesn't it and completely unexpectedly too.