Blogging Tip #88: When Your Writing Mojo Melts Away, Colorful Photos Work

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Personal blogging is difficult when your writing mojo melts away.

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This problem may, or may not, be a result of your air conditioner breaking as June begins, and the temps + humidity skyrocket.

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Said lack of coolness in the air could leave you hot + cranky, without the inclination to sit down, to write something pithy, to fulfill your personal blogging goal to show up to your blog at least once a week.

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 If that should happen to you may I suggest that fussing around with your words isn’t worth it;  instead post a few photos, preferably colorful + pretty.

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And then promise your gentle readers, who you hope are an understanding lot, that you’ll be back next week after the AC is fixed– and, we can only hope, your writing mojo returns.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

49 thoughts on “Blogging Tip #88: When Your Writing Mojo Melts Away, Colorful Photos Work”

    1. evilsquirrel13, I understand. I sat down to write this post and found myself stymied by a overheated sluggish brain. The blogging gods are not in a good mood today.

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      1. I tried to comment about how the hot, humid June week between my AC getting stolen and having it replaced two years ago was one of the best creativity peaks I ever had on my blog, but the gods wanted none of that rubbish to get out…

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        1. No kidding? That’s fascinating. I feel like giving up all hope of writing anything ever again and setting up an IV drip of sweet tea to keep myself alive. Obviously Squirrels are motivated by different stresses than Beans.

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  1. The weather here is wonderful. That’s another problem. Hard to write when it’s just gorgeous to be outside. Sorry about your A/C. Over the weekend we had super hot weather and we turned our A/C on early. Normally we don’t use it until July. Sending you cool thoughts and wet drinks.

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    1. Kate, I need cool thoughts, wet drinks and a repair service that can get here before Friday afternoon. The first two items I can make happen myself, but the AC will be off until someone else makes it work again. And man-oh-man is it hot inside this house, not much better outside. *mutter*

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        1. Good advice. I’ve pulled brought the fans up from the basement where we keep them… just in case. But moving hot air reminds me of the days before whole house AC– and how much I loved getting a house with AC! *sigh*

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  2. Bummer that your AC is on the fritz. But lucky for us reading your blog to see the gorgeous pictures from your camera! Awaiting your return of pithy posts.

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  3. Cool post, Ally Bean.
    Faced with challenges, you kept your cool . . .
    Allowing cooler heads to prevail.

    I’m sure you’ll come up with a hot topic for next week.
    Once things cool down.

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    1. nrhatch, thanks for the cool words of encouragement. 🙂 I’m not keen on being hot, but I’m even less keen on not following through with what I say I’d do. I’m conscientious, or nuts, to a fault.

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  4. The photos are very pretty. That sucks about your air conditioning. It is supposed to 105 here today – this heat is starting way too early this year. Have you considered a stay at a hotel for a couple of days (for the A/C)?

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    1. SD Gates, glad you liked the photos. I thought they were cheery. Our hot temps are about a month ahead here. This is July weather. I’ve considered the hotel stay idea and haven’t ruled it out. Especially if the AC cannot be fixed on Friday and this continues over the weekend.

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    1. Thanks Allie P. I figure when the words won’t line up and make sense, the photos will. I’ll get back to wordsmithing after the AC is repaired, but until then photos it is.

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  5. Oye! No AC is a huge bummer. We live in a very humid state and ours broke and needed replacing on an Independence Day weekend…
    Fear not! Your photos did the trick, especially that last one, in which I would suggest several daily for your ills. 💜

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    1. bitsfromheaven, I can’t imagine how long you had to wait to get your AC fixed over a holiday weekend! I’m okay with heat if there’s a breeze, but add humidity and I turn frizzy + grumpy. That martini, which I had over the weekend, is the first one I’ve had in years. It was good. Your advice is sound.

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  6. Oh my word. The horror. You poor dear. No doubt you’ve got to let slide those martinis as soon as they’re shaken, to get the icy chill they bring. I’m certain sorbet and cold chunks of fruit help as well.
    I can tell you living while waiting for the furnace to be repaired was a sorta tragic weekend, but without AC I am an insufferable bitch. All summer, it is the first blessing I count. I know a great deal about how to make sure it isn’t a self-fixing issue, and should you wonder, please don’t hesitate to Contact Me on my page. Otherwise, in this your hour of suffering, please know I would box up some icy air and send it to you if I could. My thoughts are with you during this most heinous of times.
    P.S. Your pictures are gorgeous 🙂

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    1. joey, I can see that you understand my problem. I’m not a person meant for hot humid days. My hair rebels. My brain shuts down. My life irritates me. Not happy. We’ve tried all the usual AC fixes, but to no avail. So while I wait for the repair person, I’m falling in love with fans and obsessed with cool beverages. Botheration, I tell you. Glad you liked the photos. I thought they were pretty, too.

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    1. Barbed Words, our June is usually warm and breezy, but this year we’ve gone straight to hot and humid. Naturally this would be the time for the AC to stop working, right when it’s needed. The whole situation is just annoying. *humph*

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  7. Sigh. Ohio: where we dispense with Spring as quickly as possible.

    I’m sorry about your Predicament. It’s no fun to be uncomfortable in your own home.

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    1. nance, that’s the crux of it: I’m uncomfortable in my own home. And short of going to live inside my car, I’m stuck here, waiting. It’s a dumb problem, but to be this hot this early in the summer is infuriating. I miss my AC.

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  8. Hey Ally! I have learned to work with a rhythm and write when I am motivated to do so. But I understand your feelings and frustrations quite well. Regards, Jim

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    1. Jim, I may be a laid-back person but I do [occasionally] have a few goals in life! Just a few. So when I’m thwarted by a machine that should know better than to break down just when I need it, I get cranky. But I pulled through the heat and wrote this post, so all’s well that ends well… preferably in a cool 68ºF room. 😉

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    1. Akilah, thank you. I managed the photos because I was determined to post something here this week. As for anything more wordy, not going to happen until the AC is back. Soon, I hope.

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  9. I feel your pain, Ally. My zero tolerance for heat and humidity would send my mojo running too. . . along with every ounce of pithiness I possess. Hang in there.

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    1. Carol, thanks for your support. The AC compressor isn’t that old so it should be working, but alas it ain’t. Probably the most interesting thing about this has been learning how many other people feel the same way as I do about heat + humidity. Makes me wonder how Ernest Hemingway ever wrote anything living down there in the Florida Keys. o.0

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      1. A couple weeks ago we tried turning on our AC but it wouldn’t run. The service guy came to the house. Turns out we forgot to flip the switch on the AC unit down in the basement. Service charge: $55.00.

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  10. I was not born for an un-aircondioned world. I hope that your’s is fixed posthaste!

    I need to go take some pretty photos. Your’s were delightfully refreshing. All I seem to think or write or talk about is packing up stuff. It’s nice to vent about it now and then but there are pretty things in life as well. Thanks for reminding me.

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    1. Zaz, I realize this is not a tragedy but I’m too hot to think straight so I don’t like it. I can understand why packing is on your mind. It’s kind of like how heat is on my mind now. Of course, in both our cases, we’ll get through it soon enough. And in the meantime, go enjoy something pretty outside!

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  11. UGH. Our a/c went out on the hottest day in July a couple of years ago. It was a holiday weekend, so they couldn’t come out until Monday. We went to a store and bought one of those window units and put it in the bedroom while we waited for the guy to show up. We just stayed in the bedroom all weekend. (Shhhh–we took the unit back for a refund after ours was fixed!)

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    1. Stephanie, what is it about holiday weekends and AC breaking? We realized ours wasn’t working on Memorial Day evening after being outside for the day. Dumb machine. I’m at one with fans right now. Not the same thing as cool air, but moving hot air is better than a sauna. Never thought of one of those window units… Hmmm?

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    1. I don’t like mosquitoes. All that stabby energy for no good reason. I can see how they’d distract you from writing. Or just about anything.

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      1. Well,that’s a very good tip. I’m sure I don’t use enough pictures. I enjoyed the honesty of your post so much. And truly, I think the muse doesn’t like the heat much either. See you next week!

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  12. I’m back and taking my usual place as comment-writer #40-something. Sorry to hear your A/C is on the fritz (but secretly happy to have the occasion to use the expression, “on the fritz”). As it’s now the weekend, I can only hope the repair person has come & gone with much success, followed by much martini-glass-clinking and rejoicing.

    PS. I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Should your writing mojo insist on remaining on the fritz, please consider a listicle for your next post. https://practicallywise.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/fellow-lovelies/

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    1. Nancy, the AC is back on and working its magic. Cool air is the best. I understand your delight in using the phrase “on the fritz.” We don’t say clever things like the often enough. Thanks for the award.

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  13. Happy to hear your a/c is running again! Like you, I have trouble working, concentrating, living, etc. in humid weather. The brain melts and everything slows down.

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    1. Letizia, that’s exactly what happened to me. Total slug. Then *boom* when the AC started working, my brain [such as it is] started working again, too. Feeling like this week might be more productive for me.

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