Chapin City Blues

Writing is writing whether done for duty, profit, or fun.

like endless rain into a paper cup

February 20, 2017


I can’t write. I don’t know understand the struggle. Yeah, there’s the whole not having written anything creative in ages, but it’s not like I haven’t been writing at all during this hiatus. There’s this blog. There’s work writing. There’s my journal. There’s writing my short intros during poetry readings at [redacted]. Yet, here I am tonight. Just rambling on this online journal after several failed attempts at something creative. Maybe it’s just the day? Maybe I can get something done tomorrow at work? Who knows. I doubt it, though. I have way too much on my plate this week, so there won’t be any me-time during my working hours. I’m just glad I finished my riddles Saturday.

I remember there was a time when writing came to me second nature. When I’d wake up in the middle of the night and rummage my nightstand for my notepad and just scribble thoughts down in the dark. That doesn’t happen anymore. I think the last thing I scrawled in my journal for creative purposes was a rough “sketch” of some dialogue shared with my boss. Well, she shared with me. (No, I’m not gonna indulge those details here. But if I should ever use it in a story, she’ll recognize it immediately.)

Even this post wasn’t meant for this subject. Originally, I was going to talk about Jenny, about the poetry reading, and my reading goals for the year (subject wise).

 

“It’s perfectly natural for butterflies,” I type. I pause for a moment, counting the years on imaginary fingers. “Twelve years into this game and it still takes a lot out of me,” my fingers click-clack on the keyboard, pausing for just a glitch of a second to take in the fact that, twelve years ago, …

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Poetry Break

February 9, 2017


A: [censored], she passed away this Monday morning in her sleep...I thought you should know...

I’ll write this post soon. Tonight, tomorrow, and maybe Friday…I need to just focus on my work and my kid. But I will honor my friend soon.

It’s not that haven’t written anything in the weeks after inauguration day; it’s just that I don’t want to stray down the path of politics. Yes, I will discuss my politics. And I will discuss my opinion on the Trump administration. And, yes, I will write about my thoughts on social, political, and economic issues. But if I …

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