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I'm Not on My Personal Computer

And it's kind of driving me insane. I keep hitting the wrong buttons. I was going to be funny and post a random picture from my husband's computer (which I'm using), but all of his pictures are of world maps from various video games he's been playing. And I feel embarrassed for him and for myself. Not to mention, a little sad he doesn't have one picture of me or our kids on his computer!

It's been a long time since I've written on my blog, which makes me feel kind of bad. But even worse, it's been a long time since I've written anything new.

Actually, let's start with some good news:

1) I've been editing Alyssa's Playlist for about two months, and I finally feel like it's basically done. I know there are a couple teeny tiny little tweaks I need to make, but I'm feeling good about it. It's in the hands of beta readers now, and I've already received some great feedback.

2) My short story Hunted was accepted by a publication! Still waiting on final details about when and all that, but still, pretty exciting!

Now for some of the not so good news:

I think I may have the dreaded writer's block. I'm just not feeling the inspiration. I had a critique partner who has read literally practically everything I share with other writers: Cody, Alyssa, Hunted... etc, and she suggested to me that I use certain topics in all of my writing. And man, that really hit me hard. It wasn't intended as a mean critique so much as an observation, but I can't get it out of my head. Because, quite frankly, she's right!

So, while I could be exploring one of my rough drafts of novel ideas that I have on my computer (and I have two that I very much love and would like to play with, polish, and start sharing with other authors) I feel like I can't, because well... they both deal very heavily with two of my go-to themes. So much so that I'm starting to wonder if I can actually write anything different.

I tried to switch gears a bit, but I'm just not inspired. I've been trying to work on a new short story, but it's just not feeling right to me. I feel like the idea is good, but the execution isn't. I toyed around with a new novel idea, but besides the general premise and the opening scene, I'm kind of at a loss of how I'd want to build an entire plot, character development, etc, off of it.

Also, the new school year has begun, and I'm so busy that I don't have much time to write, and when I find the time, I just feel exhausted. So most evenings, I end up watching TV and playing on Twitter and feeling bad that I'm not doing something productive.

Long story short (or is it short, this feels like a long post) I'm blocked. Hello, writer's block. Any time you feel like moving out and invading some other writer's brain, I wouldn't mind.