October 20, 2011
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Hi. I’m Marla. Gimme a Minute. I wanna talk to you about nothing.
You know, as in, I’ve got nothing. Nothing is what comes to mind when I need to think of something to say or write or do. I feel like my head, at least the creative part of my brain, is on hiatus, and all I can come up with is “I got nothing” And then the pressure surmounts as my time to come up with something is taken over by the fact that I still have, well, nothing.
This happens to me more often than not, when I’m tired, or stressed or overworked or just, well, even occasionally awake. Trying to respond to a clever snipe with a more clever comeback, or, to a heartfelt problem or concern with something thoughtful and helpful, there are some times all I can say is “I got nothing…” Or needing to show up prepared to record a Minute here in the studio and I sit staring at my computer screen for what seems like days, and all I can type is “I got nothing.”
This week, for example, I put out a request for help to my network of friends, some of whom are also writers. The responses were overwhelming. Well, in truth, four people responded. It was suggested I do laundry, read Shakespeare, watch YouTube videos, and my favorite suggestion of all…clean the toilet.
Really? I’m a little surprised that some of you think those activities will stir up my juices…I still have nothing.
I’m Marla. Thanks for listening. To nothing. See ya.