Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How Miss March Went Crazy and was Never Heard From Again


Naturally, it's a bit of process--going crazy is.  It doesn't happen all at once.  In Miss March's  case the insanity has been building for several weeks now, and only reached a climax within the last couple  of days. Allow me to explain.

You see, Miss March refuses--point blank--to listen to that wise old saying of Mr. Benjamin Franklin's: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."  She knows for a fact that lack of sleep has a bad effect upon her constitution, but still she continues to indulge in this ill-advised behavior.   (Shame on her!)  And so she becomes a grumpy, discouraged,  unhappy individual--with a great deal of activity lacking in her upper story. 

The second ingredient which has been helpful in sending Miss March over the brink is the fact that she has an enormous amount of writing ideas in her head but is, at the same time, suffering from a severe case of writer's block.  This creates a sort of smash up in her brain which is not entirely comfortable.  In fact, it's entirely uncomfortable.  And very annoying. She wants to write, but silly girl!  She can't!  And oh how that aggravates her!  There are so many thoughts inside her which are clamoring to be expressed--so many joys, begging to be shared--but they're stuck.  Stuck fast.  And no matter how hard she tries, she cannot release them.  Not one jot.

Thirdly then, there's this family newspaper of which Miss March is the official editor.  It comes out in monthly installments and Miss M. is responsible for a good deal of the writing as well as the arrangement of the articles.  Sound fun?  In theory yes, but the November issue is now two weeks behind schedule and Miss March's brain is at a stand still.   She hates to be behind on things, but for some reason she can't move forward.  Her creative writing abilities seem to have been turned off temporarily, and she cannot for the life of her think how to write an interesting article--though she's done so many times in the past.  It's all just blank, blank, blank.   It's like a dreaded chore hanging over her head, keeping her from doing other things because she really needs to get that done first; but then never getting done itself because whenever Miss March sits down to work on it suddenly she can't THINK.  (Okay, stop.  I can't talk about  this anymore.  I'm going to have a nervous breakdown...)

Add to all this the fact that the past few weeks have been abnormally busy.  Miss March has been doing a lot of running around and hasn't had a whole lot of time to sit down and really concentrate on writing.  And then last week, when she had a good chunk of time, she went and set aside her writing projects in order to redecorate her blog.  (Which was a really smart move, I'm telling you!)  To top it off, she was so extremely satisfied with her decorating that I think it must have gone to her head a little, for she began to make grand plans for writing a whole bunch of Christmas posts in the next two weeks.  (Really, Miss March.  A bunch of posts?  You can't even write one post a week consistently.  What ARE you thinking of?) 

Funny, Miss March.  Very funny.  Hee, hee, hee.

So yeah.  Between the newspaper, the intended blog posts, e-mails, and comments, the very thought of writing has now become a  most formidable task and Miss March is about ready to hide her head in the sand and attempt to convince herself that she's illiterate.  (Wouldn't that be such a relief, though?  One wouldn't feel compelled to write if one was incapable of doing so.)

Okay.  We get the picture.  Obviously Miss March is in a writing funk.  Big deal.  That's nothing new.

Wait, wait!  It's bigger than that.  MUCH BIGGER!  Miss March is about to go CRAZY!  Don't you understand?  She's so exhausted, and so fed up with writing, that this may be the last time she ever writes anything

A likely story.  Calm down.

Look.  I am attempting to convey to you that Miss March's brain is about ready to explode.  She wants so much to comment on everyone's posts, and write dozens of deliciously lovely Christmas posts herself, but the mere thought of stringing words together in that fashion is causing her to hyperventilate.  Panic even.  Because there's so much to do and so little time.  The days, the hours, they're passing so fast--and she can't stop them, she can't hold them.  Everything is just one confused mass swirling around in her silly little brain and...well!  She may just go kablooey, drop off the face of the earth, and never be heard from again.  Of course, if that be the case, then I suppose this is really good-bye.  


So long, dear friends.  It's been wonderful knowing you.  Really wonderful.  Fare thee well and...don't forget to write.

Please.  Don't say 'write.'

~Miss March

P.S.  So, all that to say.  If you find me unusually quiet around the blogging world, please forgive me.  It's not that I'm not reading and enjoying all you dear peoples' posts, it's just that I may have to skip commenting sometimes in order to alleviate stress.  Not that I'm that stressed (I admit, I tend to exaggerate a little), but you know how it is.  I want to relax and enjoy the Christmas season and as commenting can sometimes be as major an endeavor for me as writing my own blog post, I'm just not sure I'll have the time.  I will do my best, though, not to disappear completely.  :)

18 comments:

  1. Awwwwww.... I COMPLETELY understand!!! I've had absolutely identical weeks. :/ (But... would it sound completely heartless/would it be the least bit encouraging if I said I actually smiled several times during your post here? And that -- even if other writing areas seem quite stuck at the moment -- I think your post here is charming as always?? :P)

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Heidi! Your comment made me so happy!! No it was not at all heartless of you, (and actually it was VERY encouraging) to hear that you smiled while reading this post, because honestly, for all my groaning and moaning about not being able to write, I was having a lot of fun writing this! Heehee. Sometimes I just need to write posts like this in order to release all the pressure, and now that it's released, you'll probably find that I'm blogging and commenting about as much as usual. (So you may laugh at my over dramatics, if you wish. ;) Haha!) I think I just needed to tell myself that I don't HAVE to keep up with everything, and also let you girls know that, so I don't feel bad about being behind with comments and such. Does that make sense?

      Anyway, thank you so much for your encouragement. Your comment meant a lot to me. :)

      ~Miss March

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  2. I understand! Oh, OH, how I understand!
    I have gone so far under (writing) water right now that I shall ask you if there is room for me alongside your crazy self?! :D
    I hope you enjoy this break and find some time to relax during the holidays!
    Merry Christmas!
    Cordy

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    1. Why of course there's room for you, Cordy!! Let's be too crazies together! That would be charming! Haha! :D
      Okay, you're going to laugh at me, but I think writing this post alleviated a good deal of the stress. Suddenly I'm feeling much more hopeful about writing, and so you'll probably find that I haven't taken much of a break at all. I think just KNOWING that I can, and that everyone understands that, is what helps me to relax, even if I don't take an actual break. Do you know what I mean?

      Thank you so much for your comment, Cordy. I always enjoy hearing from you! And Merry Christmas to you, too! Can you believe it's only eight days away already?

      ~Miss March

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    2. Charming crazies huh...sounds good to me! Count me in! Hahaha!

      Yup! I still know what you mean. Sometimes just admitting to yourself that you're overwhelmed and creating that bit of wiggle room is enough to relieve the stress. :D

      It's good to hear that you're feeling a little better about writing!

      Oooh, you're so kind! I love reading your comments and posts as well! No! I can't believe we are that close! Bah! It's come so fast this year I can scarcely believe it! :D

      May your days be merry and bright!
      ~Cordy

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    3. "Sometimes just admitting to yourself that you're overwhelmed and creating that bit of wiggle room is enough to relieve the stress" Yes, exactly. Thanks, Cordy. I'm so glad you understand. :)

      Oh, I know. When I was a kid Christmas seemed to take YEARS to get here. Now it comes around so fast it's crazy! Funny how time works. :)

      ~Miss March

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  3. Awww. I'm sorry to see you go! I'll definitely miss you, Miss March, but of course I understand! Blogging isn't for everyone. Have an un-stressful and happy Christmas season, my dear!

    (I glad you're not disappearing completely. And that you're still going to read posts despite not commenting.)

    ~ Naomi

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Naomi. :) Oh! But did I make it sound like I was actually going to stop blogging? Dear me, what a bungler I am. I'm afraid this post really was a bit confusing. I guess what I was trying to say was that I'm simply a little burned out at the moment, and as I put way too much pressure on myself to comment on every single post my blogging friends write, I just needed to let you all know that at this time I may not be quite as on top of things. Does that make sense? So, yeah, I will still be commenting (and blogging), but I'm going to try and relax about it and not stress out if I miss commenting on a couple posts now and then. :)

      ~Miss March

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  4. Oh, Miss March, I feel for you, I really do. Right now I'm trying to finish my schoolwork for this Fall semester, and I feel exactly the same: that it's all hanging over my head like a big, black thundercloud!! I just want to go and hide under a pile of blankets!

    But the answer, I think, is to just BREATHE. Look at the world around you and realize that you WILL get everything done, one at a time. Just tackle one, then the next, and so on, congratulating yourself each time you finish something. That's what I plan to do -- I hope it helps! :)

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    1. Yes, exactly. Like a big, black thundercloud! Oh, Rosie, you really do understand! :)

      Awww. Thank you. Thank you SO much! You're so right. I need to stop looking at ALL the things I need to get done and just start doing one thing at a time. I guess I put too many expectations on myself and then I feel dreadfully behind when I don't accomplish all I wanted to accomplish. I need to learn to relax, and yes--as you said--BREATHE. Thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot. :)

      ~Miss March

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  5. This is very fun post! You can write!! Best wishes and Merry Christmas. :)

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    1. *blushes* Do you really think so? Oh, Jillian, THANK YOU! That is SO encouraging to hear! :D

      Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to you, too! :)

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    2. Yes, I do! Quite creative! :)

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  6. Aww, Miss March!!! I understand. But look--this post is proof that you can get out of your writer's block! haha It was very cleverly written.

    HA! Yes! I too came up with a bunch of Christmas related posts....we'll see if I succeed in posting all of them. (I probably won't, but oh well)

    I COMPLETELY understand (and relate!!) to the blog post commenting dilemma. It just takes TIME to comment, and sometimes I just don't have that time. I always feel bad if I have to pass by a good post un-commented (or leave only a short one) but I know it must be done for my own sanity. :)

    I hope you can get back on track with your writing soon! But don't underestimate the power of a break...it can do wonders sometimes. :)

    Enjoy the coming Christmas week!! I hope it's wonderfully relaxing and magical for you. :)

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    1. Haha! You know, that's a very good point. I did sort of get out of my writer's block, didn't I? Funny how that works. ;) Aww. Thank you, Natalie. You're so kind. :)

      I know. So many ideas, so little time. I should have started writing Christmas posts a lot earlier, but unfortunately the inspiration was a little late in coming. :/ By the way, I've enjoyed the Christmas posts you've been able to write so far. I didn't comment on the Christmas movie review you wrote, but I really enjoyed reading it all the same. :)

      EXACTLY! I'm so glad you understand. It really does take a good deal of time to keep up with comments. Sometimes there are so many things I'd like to say regarding a certain post that I simply clam up and can't write anything, because my brain isn't able to process all those thoughts quickly enough. When that happens I usually have to come back to the post at a later time, and then be okay with not mentioning EVERYTHING. I really need to learn the art of writing short comments. Haha! Like you said, for my own sanity. :D

      Thank you so much, Natalie. Your comment meant a lot to me. It really did. :)

      ~Miss March

      P.S. I like you new profile picture! :)

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    2. Yes, you did, indeed! :D

      Don't feel bad....there are still a couple Christmas posts I didn't do..I may do them still as "late" Christmas posts. We'll see. :)

      Aww, thank you!

      OH MY, YES! I know exactly what you mean! Especially if it's a long post with just sooo much I agree with. All I can do sometimes is just write a quick "I love this entire post" sort of comment instead of writing a 3 page paper on how I agree with every point. :D I totally can relate!

      And oh, I do that too...coming back to posts later on when I have more time to coherently read and comment. ;) You're not alone. :)

      Aww, I'm so glad. :) Merry Christmas!!

      (and oh, thank you! I like it a lot too! :D Heehee)

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    3. Haha! Yes, EXACTLY! "A 3 page paper" is a perfect description. Why must people write sooo much that I agree with? It just isn't fair. There's no way I can keep up. :P (Heehee.)

      I hope you had a good Christmas, Natalie! :) Ours was lovely, though pretty exhausting, too. ;)

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    4. Thank you, I did have a Merry Christmas! I'm glad yours was nice as well.
      Happy New Year!!

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