Microsoft Word has a list of options when you click on “File,” one of which is “New Blank Document.” Since I have an “Old Blank Mind” I always find this selection to be appropriate. A blank document offers a blank mind equal terms, a mutual platform on which both have a clean slate and nowhere to go except out to the horizon and back. That’s just a bit short of infinity and beyond.
I have been suffering from blankness for several months now…that’s another way of saying there’s not much going on in my mind these days and, subsequently, so-called writer’s block has set in. This has happened in the past and it is a time of lethargy and waste. I do not like it because I am usually hyper and burden everyone around me with my compulsive behavior.
This weekend I am attending a writers’ conference of sorts. It’s actually a gathering designed for independent authors and deals more with the process of publishing and marketing one’s book than it does with the actual craft of writing it. Nonetheless, I am hoping I will walk away with some new ideas for promoting and marketing my books…and maybe, just maybe, some stimulation to get going on this project that’s stuck in the mud on my desktop.
There is a major challenge facing me as I attend the various sessions of the conference. It’s a bit laughable until you’re in my shoes and then the issue takes on a whole new footprint. Briefly, as many of you know, I suffer from various sleep disorders, all of which leave me deeply deprived of getting a good night’s chunk of snoring and dreams about winning lottery tickets. One consequence of not getting enough sleep at night, is that I “crash” throughout the day…and what better time for me to fall asleep than when I am confined to a seat in a conference room! This can be pretty embarrassing, especially if you are prone to snore or fall off the chair onto the floor…I have been known to do both.
Now, I do not know if I am protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act which would entitle me to special accommodations. These, I suppose could be things like a sensor in my chair that would know when I was getting sleepy and would vibrate or do something to awaken me. Or maybe someone would be assigned to sit next to me and jab me with their elbow when I needed a jab. I used to have a good buddy at work that always sat next to me at meetings for just such a purpose. Now there’s a good friend!
So I go to this two-day conference this weekend with full anticipation of who knows what! I could come back with great new marketing insights…or I will be told nothing that I already don’t know…or I will sleep though it all. WaddaUthink? Stay tuned to this blog!