In which I try to find something to write about when I’ve done almost no writing today and am experiencing motivational difficulties and Bobbi suggests that’s what I should write about and so I do even though I worry it won’t be very good

by Lorin Michel Friday, December 28, 2012 7:54 PM

This post comes to you today, live from my loft office, courtesy of a suggestion from BGF Bobbi. I have been experiencing a bit of Friday slackage and found myself doing a great deal of surfing the ‘nets and very little else. I went to Facebook a couple of hundred times looking for something fascinating. I did not find it, though I did happen upon a video of Heart performing at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors from December 2, doing an incredible version of honoree Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.

I was a big fan of Heart beginning with the superb (in my very young mind) Dreamboat Annie in the mid 1970s. Heart was one of the first real rock concerts I went to. Pam took me to see them in Baltimore right before my family moved from Maryland. It was the Little Queen tour and they were amazing. I remained a fan for a while. Then they got weird in the late 80s and 90s and then disappeared for a while. They’ve been back a bit of late, with a new album and a new memoir, both of which are fairly decent. But this Kennedy Center piece absolutely rocks.

Then I read a bit of politics but politics, of which I am generally never sated, bores me lately. I’ve had it up to my proverbial eyebrows and desperately-need-color roots with the fiscal cliff nonsense.

I chatted a bit online with the aforementioned BGF and had another old friend bleep in on G-chat. We talked about books for a while. She’s trying to load up her Kindle and wanted to know if I had any suggestions.

Wanted. To. Know. If. I. Had. Any. Suggestions.


I gave her at least a dozen complete with authors, running descriptive blurbs and character names before she hung up on me.

I looked at my ‘to do’ list and added a few more things that I had forgotten, then remembered in the shower and then forgot again until I was once again staring at the list. The list is currently 30 items long. There is nothing that has been crossed off.

I attribute all of this to motivational difficulties. Much like the old television interruption that would come on when an ancient Kris Kristofferson movie – Cisco Pike, I think – I was watching at 1 am would fuzz out and an automated voice would suddenly come over the station to tell me “we are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.”

Motivational difficulties occur much more often than they should especially when one has 30 items on her current list and that’s only the stuff she currently remembers. Motivational difficulties are knowing you should be doing something but not; they are wanting to do something but you don’t. They happen when one is very tired and one will not permit herself to take a nap because one knows she should be writing even if she isn’t and really has no intention of doing so and oooohhhh Facebook. Shiny.

Motivational difficulties are the new procrastination because procrastination is so last century.

The problem with writing about motivational difficulties is that when experiencing these difficulties, no writing takes place. And if it does, it is almost always bad writing because there is nothing creative being thought, nothing creative being channeled, nothing creative flowing from the brain down the arms, and out the fingers to be expressed via the keyboard.

So while Bobbi’s intentions were good, I’m not sure that writing about motivational difficulties is going to lead to a very interesting blog post, and for that, dear readers, if you’re still with me at this point in this desperately uninteresting slog, I apologize.

Is it cowardly to blame BGF Bobbi? Nah.


live out loud

Comments (7) -

12/29/2012 5:21:48 AM #

I believe that "motivational difficulties" are a gift. Enjoy the respite and give yourself a big hug! BIG. HUGE. HUG.

Larissa United States

12/29/2012 8:26:59 AM #

No wonder I've seen this youtube clip plastered all over as of late....That was the most sumptious version I've ever heard of this classic Zep song.

Fred United States

12/29/2012 11:26:31 AM #

I am feeling appropriately thrown under the proverbial bus. Don't worry. I'll take the hit for you.

But here's the thing... can anyone else believe that this woman has been writing this sometimes fun, sometimes literary, sometimes touching and beautiful, sometimes all of the above, DAILY blog for almost two full years without even the slightest gap? That is an accomplishment most of us can hardly fathom, let alone actually actually accomplish, so I believe giving-yourself-a-break is in order.

Also, is anyone else impressed at Lorin's ability to make lemonade out of lemons in the midst of motivational difficulties? I found the post to be very fun AND ridiculously relate-able. Not to mention, you just can't go wrong with a Heart/Zepplin clip to boot.

So just a couple of side notes:
• Procrastination IS so last century.
• I love that Marissa believes that motivational difficulties are a gift! I'm holding on to that.
• And slackage is, most definitely, a new word for the dictionary.

Bobbi United States

12/29/2012 12:14:12 PM #

I am in complete agreement, Bobbi!

Larissa United States

12/29/2012 10:09:31 PM #

Bobbi ... thank you, my friend. Thank you ...

Lorin United States

12/29/2012 10:13:25 PM #

Well said  Bobbie!!!!!!    Hahhhhh applause applausehahhhhhhhhhh standing ovation for "our" Lori!

Pam United States

12/29/2012 10:30:38 PM #

Ok...... I was finally able to watch the video. omg!
I agree Fred, sumptuous is a perfect word describing that.
Weird watching this at age 50 when, Lori and I saw them in concert at age 17.
I appreciate this even more now!
Bobbie..... True friends, love when they are thrown under the bus..... And I know you're loving it.
Lori,      you are a gift to so many.....  Muwah!

Pam United States

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