Only half the lights are out


Things to write in: ROCKING, originally uploaded by yaznotjaz.

I don’t even know why I’m doing this to myself, since I hate deadlines and writing under pressure, but I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and try my hand at this one-post-a-day drama for the entire month of November. And just look at me and my references to drama – I’m already feeling disgruntled about this whole thing. Not only that, it’s already eleven minutes to my first deadline. Clearly, the next twenty-nine days are going to be filled with much fist-shaking and gnashing of teeth. But I realized today how much I miss this lovely, clean space of mine, and what a waste it is to mentally compose weblog entries while brushing my teeth or driving to work but never post them, and how ridiculous it is that I now consider it perfectly normal to post every 1.5-2 months or so, when, years ago, I’d apologize for four days’ silence.

I remember Maria once mentioned making time for the things one enjoys doing, so here’s my attempt. To make it easy on myself, the length may vary (three sentences! two paragraphs!), and the accompanying photos we’ve all become so used to will actually be optional. The focus, it seems, will be on words and their regularity, not so much on subject matter. Quality may suffer, I foresee, but who knows, I may yet surprise myself. Stick around, though, please – we’ve got lots of catching up to do. You bring the gelato, I’ll provide the sunshine, and why don’t you tell me what you’ve been up to lately? I’m a bit out of the loop these days.

This is my November 1st placeholder post. Stay tuned, rockstars.

11 thoughts on “Only half the lights are out

  1. lol! woman, you cannot have a PLACEHOLDER POST, the day after the post was due! you’re already backed up! =P

    *hug* good luck – looking forward to the posts!! whenever they do come. :)

  2. For today’s post, I want to see the new poem you composed at the conference!

    [Comment edited by Yasmine. Buddy boy, don’t add in too many identifying details. Tanks, yaar. =) Also, it’s not that exciting, but, sure, I’ll post it.]

  3. question, ok. those notebooks, they are kind of beautiful. i have one such notebook. it is really intimidatingly gorgeous. i mean this. how do you write in these kinds of things? don’t you feel overwhelmed by the beauty of the paper? i generally feel nothing i could write in those things could measure up and my handwriting cramps up in nervousness and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  4. Fathima,
    i have a bunch of gorgeous notebooks, too, and i agree, they’re a bit intimidating. so pretty to look at, and i don’t want to mess them up. nothing feels worthy of being written in them. i haven’t even started writing in the ones pictured here. but my huge problem is, ever since i got hooked on Moleskines years ago, i started scribbling in those and less in my pretty notebooks, so there’s only one (incomplete) pretty notebook that i really use. and i want to go back to it, but i think i shall have to give up the Moleskines in order to do so.

    Umar,
    get to it, yaar! i demand updates and photos from your end, too.

  5. Yeah, except for Suheir Hammad’s autograph in one, I haven’t used mine yet either. They’re too pretty and I’m afraid I will damage them with my handwriting and my ineloquent words.

  6. I did blog post a day for a month a while ago, and it was an interesting experiment. I’m looking forward to seeing what you get out of it.

    Re: notebooks, I have the gorgeous ones…..and end up writing in boring-ass spirals because the gorgeous ones are intimidating. :)

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