Reader, I’m in a funk. You know that feeling where you want to do stuff but you just don’t want to? Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m going through right now. Granted things have been a little more stressful than normal, between my daughter’s kindergarten screenings (she’s a supershy introvert, so you can imagine how well those are going) and just everyday life, but I haven’t found the inspiration to do anything that I feel like I need to do, like blogging and reading.
I’m currently reading L.M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon, which I chose because it falls under the “I’m slightly stressed and need comfort reading” books. But I’m not getting very far into it – not because it’s not good, but because my mind keeps saying things like, “You should check Pinterest” or “Go see if your Ruzzle opponent has taken their turn yet” or “I wonder if Nathan Fillion has tweeted any words of wisdom lately.” Distracted by useless technology? You betcha.
I tell myself that I’m going to read that list of YA books I’ve been wanting to get to, but let me tell you, those Betsy-Tacy, Harry Potter, and Laura Ingalls Wilder books have been looking awfully tempting lately. Comfort reading at its finest.
And you know how I’m trying to watch at least five new movies a month? Well, it’s March 22 and I have yet to watch a new movie this month. However, my reason isn’t as lame as you think it might be. I’ve actually been cruising through a bunch of TV I’ve been wanting to watch, mainly because I haven’t wanted to commit myself to a two-hour movie.
Of course I have no problem with watching six straight hours of Downton Abbey, but whatever.
In addition to catching up on season two of Downton Abbey (although I’m still a season behind), I caught up on Supernatural, Glee, Doctor Who and watched the first two seasons of Sherlock.
Side note: I fracking love Sherlock. Seriously. Probably my favorite show of the year. And I’m including the rest of the year in that statement, because I know I won’t see anything better (save maybe Doctor Who). I have a “thing” for Benedict Cumberbatch, and when I say “thing” I mean HE JUST MAY BE THE BEST THING EVER. And I just want to hug Martin Freeman and never let go.
Downton Abbey was my go-to when I was feeling super stressed out. Why? Maybe because it’s so far removed from my life that I was able to escape with no problem. Or maybe it was just because I love hating Mary Crawley. Seriously, when does that chick NOT have a stick up her skinny English bum? She’s awesome in such a horrible way. I must find a way to watch season 3 even though it’s no longer available on PBS. Any suggestions?
And even though things are starting to fall back into place life-wise, I still don’t have an urge to watch a movie. Maybe it’s because our TV is broken (my lovely daughter innocently cracked the screen with a necklace, and now it’s dead) and watching a movie on the laptop isn’t the same. Or maybe it’s because it’s been so long that I’ve been caught up on my TV watching that I’ve come to realize that I can start a brand new show, which is just as exciting as starting a new relationship. So many shows to pick from! Do I choose Mad Men? Roswell? American Horror Story?
Well, since I’m not sure I want to commit myself to a show that already has five or more seasons under their belt, last night I started watching Twin Peaks, a show I’ve been wanting to watch for about 15 years now but never got around to it. But since it’s on Netflix and only has two seasons, it’s the perfect show to get into.
And guess what? After just two episodes, I’m kind of addicted. Actually I was addicted after about two minutes, but whatever. It’s one of those shows that would never work in this day of television. The premise would, but the style of filming is so different and odd and slow that people wouldn’t be able to wrap their brain around it. Oh, and it’s David Lynch. Lots of people are afraid of David Lynch. Which is why it’s such an awesome show. Can’t wait to go home and watch the rest.
As for my writing funk, well, I’m writing now, so I consider that to be an improvement. I look for inspiration in everything, and it seems that whenever I go on the site Hello Giggles, I get inspired to blog my ass off. Not only do I want to be one of their contributers – because let’s be honest, I WOULD FIT RIGHT IN – but I want to start my own site that’s just like theirs.
Unfortunately I’m not best friends with Zooey Deschanel, so it might be a tad bit more difficult for that to happen.
Another place I find inspiration is Felicia Day’s The Flog (Felicia + blog = FLOG), which is her five minute (give or take) long YouTube show. It’s basically just her talking about her top five random things. Whenever I watch it I always think, “Now, that’s something I could totally do. I want my own Flog.” Of course I wouldn’t call it my Flog, and I wouldn’t even try to combine my name with the word “blog” (dlog?). But I could come up with something loosely based on her model.
So last week I came up with a concept for a YouTube show called “Odds and Thens” which would focus on 80s and 90s nostalgia. Find something relevant to a random year, like Rainbow Brite, or the banana clip, and introduce it to a brand new generation. Each show would be a different topic: movies, music, TV, toys, etc. And then I thought I could do special section where I read random passages from my middle school and high school journals. Because that’s some funny shiz.
Of course this is all just in the brainstorming phase, and of course I’m terrified to actually be on camera (do I have to do my hair? Make-up? Do I have to wear cute clothes?), so who knows if it’s actually going to happen. I like to think that someday it will.
In the meantime, though, I’ll continue to find inspiration whether it’s from Hello Giggles, Pinterest, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram and on the rare occasion, Facebook, though I’ve been feeling quite uninspired from the ‘book as of late. To be honest, peeps, the future of social networking is on the Path app, but since everyone I know is on FB, I pretty much just talk to myself the whole time. Which is sometimes okay.
By the way, another thing that really helps is a good support network of real people, not just the ones on the interwebs. Bottom line? I have some pretty awesome friends. You peeps know who you are.
How do you get through your funks? What inspires you to keep calm and carry on?