Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Doldrums...

So, I’m sure a lot of people have suffered through the unbearable heat this summer.  I’ve seen many messages on Facebook and Twitter where the constant and collective comments are about the (pardon my language) bitching heat!  Either there really is nothing to talk about, because the heat has rendered us unable to, or global warming is becoming more and more prevalent, or the heat this year has left an indelible impression from its sheer intensity.  Maybe it's just human nature to talk about the weather for lack of nothing else to talk about.

Of course, I live in the tropics, where when we’re not plagued by tropical storms and hurricanes, annoying bugs and mosquitoes, it’s the heat.  Always present, always humid, always sapping out your last remaining stores of energy.  Some may have noticed I've been keeping a relatively low profile...the heat does that to you.

Okay, don't get me wrong, there are the mild months here in the tropics, too short and too brief, where we get nice tradewinds that blow the stifling ick away.  But for the better part of the year, we’re right smack in the doldrums.  Think those wonderful pirate stories where the ships sit dead in the water.  Yep, that’s us right now.  The only sway you get is when you keep in time to the oscillating fan.  And with the doldrums, comes a certain lack of inspiration (other than thinking new ways to stay cool) to be creative.  (Just realized that inspiration and perspiration rhyme...see what I mean...)

I've only just had a holiday, and should be refreshed and rejuvenated.  But, alas, that is not the case.

Since completing my work in progress, the only writing I’ve done is to polish it up.  The urge to write is there, and the two unfinished WIPs stare at me accusingly.  But the sheer energy to tackle them has left me.  And yes, it’s because of the heat.  It doesn’t help that it ambushes you!  As soon as you leave your sub-zero air-conditioned bedroom, you are concussed with a wall of heat that leaves you incapacitated for the rest of the day.  It’s times like this that I wish I had an air-conditioned office, not a literal hole-in-the-wall.

So, admittedly, I’m in a weird and unmotivated funk.  I have resigned myself to leaving alone the other two WIPs for the time being.  There is no creative point in trying to force out something when the brain is not cooperating.  I will complete the polishing to the completed ms, then, I think it’s high time I dive into some much-neglected reading.  (That will surely get the wheels in motion!  I have at least seven books waiting patiently to be read, and it’s time I got started on that.  Summer movie watching (before it comes to an end) is another thing high on my agenda.  Oh, and having an ice-cold-nearly-frozen refreshment (preferably with alcohol) to keep me hydrated…of course.

What do you do to get out of a heat-induced (or general) funk?  I'd love to hear your "remedies."

T.K. Toppin


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

We have very efficient air conditioning and a screened-in pool in the back yard. I'm not complaining here in Central FL where we just dodged Irene.

I'm in denial, luckily not de Nile, and thankful for that. Though, I'm more productive when the outside is cooler and days I have to be out sapp me, I'm still glad to be here. But this is the first summer of my life that I have felt some of your angst.

Remember you've come off creative Merry-Go-Round, so you may be suffering from ovrachievement backlash.

Ice tea helps.

AstonWest said...

I usually find myself in that same place, not because of heat, but because of just finishing a major project (like the first draft of a novel, final draft, etc. etc.). What I normally do to get past it is mindless activities such as watching movies, playing games on the computer, or other such things (anything that doesn't require a lot of thought).

Good luck getting out of the doldrums!

TKToppin said...

Thanks Julie and Aston. I wish the entire house was central air-conditioned and set up like it is in Florida. Alas, it isn't. :( And mindless games definitely help...even if it's to pass the time. Thanks for stopping by.

KMTolan said...

I'm with Aston. Having just finished a book, I'm lapsing into games and chores around the house that have been left wanting in the hectic writing frenzy to make a deadline.

I have started daydreaming around my next project - the social part of the world building stuff and injecting steam punk-ish elements. Notes have been taken, and will continue to be taken until it builds up to a critical mass. Then, I'll be looking to do an outline.