Most people who write a lot are probably familiar with this feeling. You sit down at a blank page, put your hands on the keyboard and you can’t think of a damned thing you want to write about. Of course there is the incessant undercurrent of ideas, concepts and half-remembered thoughts but none of them seem particularly exciting. The ones that would be workable are not nearly fleshed out enough, and they require several hours of work to actually get to a point where you would make sense and… Well, these things are not really the kind of stuff you usually blog about anyway. That’s where I find myself right now. I’m grasping at straws, hoping to catch a thread that will let me lift myself out of the intellectual malaise I have fallen into.
Fortunately, this is merely a temporary condition. For me it usually strikes when I’m in generally lousy mood, and not in a right frame of mind to try be funny or creative. It goes away equally swiftly. One minute all you have in your head is useless white noise, the next you have six ideas fighting for ascendancy and you struggle to write them all down fast enough before they vanish from your short term memory. Sometimes all it takes is a stroke of inspiration to make the cognitive chaos coalesce into coherent, recordable strands of thought. All you need is single article, picture or post somewhere out there on the web. You latch on to it, and you ride it out to safety. So I have been browsing, reading and amusing myself trying to make it happen, but no luck so far.
So now I’m sitting here writing about being unable to write. Which is sort of helping in it’s own way but not enough… So what I’m going to do is to go watch a movie or something like that.
I’ll leave you with two things you may want to check out. The first one is the fourth season of Spoiler Warning. I don’t know if you have been watching it from the start, but they recently revamped the show: the episodes are shorter to accommodate viewers with attention spans of a cracked out hamsters, but they post them more often which is nice. They have a great ability to ruthlessly trash great games, but with certain amount of love and tenderness. The show cracks me up on usual basis.
Also, someone posted a link to this flash game in the artsy game thread. It is essentially a clone of Everyday the same dream but a rather interesting one. While ETSD was about bleakness of existence, this game is about a species extinction event. I found it worth spending a few minutes with. Kinda thought provoking, but alas it did not shake me out of the writers block.