Yesterday and today have been made up of mini mental freezes.  I sit down and I look at my computer screen and all the pages and chapters of my book bleed together into one big blob.  I even got up at 4:30 this morning and still … nothing.  The whole document looks foreign.  I scroll through the pages and think,”Who wrote this?”

Does this ever happen to you?

Normally I would suck it up and sit there.  And sit there.  Instead I yanked a clean piece of paper out of my printer and made a to-do list:  Pay Bills, Mascara and Makeup Remover, Black Heels, Rug Out-of-Business Sale, Change Bike Seat, Call Aunt Mary and Aunt Jody, Follow-up with Rob about Phoenix, Replace Living Room Plant, Soy Milk, Post Office, Dog Food.

I’m going to a lunch tomorrow to hear Abraham Verghese talk about writing CUTTING FOR STONE — which I still have not finished — and I’m counting on him for inspiration.  In the meantime, I’ve checked most of the stuff off of my list.

See the new black heels above.  I’m wearing them to the Verghese lunch.  Cute, huh?