Rise and shine! The day is mine to use as I see fit.

Up and at ‘em, out of bed, beginning to hit my stride.

Fire up the engines, coffee in hand, reading the news a bit.

Open the doc, look at the clock, and sit and sit and sit.

Stare at the floor, then at the door, longing to be outside.


No work gets done. I’d rather have fun turning topic to post.

As the work that I dread jerks ’round in my head like some slasher movie.

Lunchtime passes, my self-talk sasses, it’s time to give up the ghost.

Edits still lurking, smirking and jerking, leaving me nothing to boast.

Of a day in the life of this writer’s strife inside the undisciplined me.

**La Caution**

30 thoughts on “The Undisciplined Me

  1. I LOVE this, Honie. I haven’t been getting your posts in my email for some reason, actually I haven’t been getting them at all. Sometimes WordPress makes me crazy. Hopefully I’m on board now. My self-talk sasses, too! I’m glad I’m not alone in this. 😉

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      techNOlogic – GAAAAHHHHH! Gotta love it. Happiness engineers must all still be hungover from SXSW. HA!

  2. This was music to my ears, medicine to the soul and therapy for the mind….I have been feeling so..oh, you know!…Now I know it’s ok to feel like that! Nicely worded..

  3. You were disciplined enough to come up with this clever bit of prose, even if the edits are still sitting there incomplete.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Aww. Mr. Petruska, how kind of you. This is my kinder, gentler way of making myself take notice that there’s work to be done. Shouting Mush! was getting me nowhere. 🙂

  4. Add some nuts to the snack list…(no, there are not enough here already)
    It sooo nice to walk away from mandatory desk and editing as a job – really, if it’s your own it’s not as much work…or at least even if it is work, your name will be the one on it…So get back in there….we’ll save some outdoor fun for you for later .

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      That’s good to remember, (my name will be the one on it).

  5. petrujviljoen says:

    I relate to this post entirely. Glad I’m not the only one ….

  6. Brigitte says:

    Holy crap, Honie. I think that’s maybe the worst song I’ve ever heard. Please tell me you’ve not listened to that for four minutes. I would be even more of a crazy than I am now if I listened to that whole thing. Perhaps some more soothing tunage might calm your troubled writer’s soul. ;). I am liking your post, but going on record that that song well, just sucks. No offense, my friend.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      HA! None taken, Brigitte. I didn’t write the song. I like the scene in Ocean’s Twelve when the guy navigates the laser field to this song. It’s also what the dust bunnies dance to at my house. 😉

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Tomorrow is another day. 🙂

  7. That was perfect, Honie, and I can relate. I’m even thinking about cleaning so I don’t have to deal with the writing. (Where’s the music? ;-))

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Okay Maddie, I couldn’t put another thing in my head this morning. So, the late add-on is for you. Hope you like it.

      1. LOL!! if that doesn’t light a fire under me and help me to clean faster, I don’t know what will! Thank you, Honie. You’re the best! 🙂

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Funny – that song is in my “Clean House” playlist!

  8. "HE WHO" says:

    I went outside. You missed a beautiful few hours.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Is it spring there yet?

      1. "HE WHO" says:

        I believe so. A couple of beautiful days, thunder and lightning last night. Nice again today, and more thunder storms tonight. I’ll take it.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Oh, I love spring storms. Summer storms too. Thunder and lightening! I think back now and wonder if my dad wasn’t trying to keep me from being scared of storms. The sky looked all bruised and the air would become still. All of sudden, hard raindrops and he’d say, “did you see that lightening?” How thrilling, I remember, it was to watch storms with him. Not scary at all. 🙂

  9. artsifrtsy says:

    I would rather be outside too – I have resisted the editing stage because I dread becoming bored with my own story. A nice creative break though.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I was just bragging on your story today, talking with some friends about writing/blogging, telling them of your visit and our “shoot out”, how cool it was to meet you, that I admire your childhood memories and can’t wait until your book comes out in print!

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        Well I suppose that I better get to it 🙂 I know I need to write more and I have been – filling in gaps and adding stories, so it’s not like I have abandoned it – the idea of editing is daunting to me. Meeting you was awesome and I always appreciate your encouragement. It means a lot.

  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    Welcome to the club…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It isn’t my turn to bring refreshments is it?

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Guess I better add “pick up Doritos and Chex Mix” to my list. 🙂

          1. Carrie Rubin says:

            Cheddar flavored on the latter, please. 😉

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