I haven’t had writers block, that’s not the reason why I haven’t posted in ten days. The problem has been I have too many things I want to write about… that I need to write about, but when I start to write one post I’m twirling the other nine around in my head looking for a lede* worth working from. So nothing comes out and I get frustrated and start throwing stuff.
And it really has just been Salted where I’ve been jammed up. I wrote something on both Cultural Sn:afu and Salted Shambhala this week just to prove I could. Both posts came out a little angrier than I would have liked, but both got done.
So just to start getting Salted back into some kind of order, here’s the list of posts I’ll be writing over the next week to ten days.
1. My sister was in town for a visit. We share the same father and only met eight years ago. When we’re together it’s like I suddenly have access to me as a whole.
2. The relationship between my sister, myself and our father.
3. The relationship between my aunt (by marriage) and my father.
4. I was in Ottawa last week and, while waiting outside an office building, I watched a group of people in their late-teens and early-twenties interact with each other outside their apartment building. After a few minutes it hit me that I was watching my friends and I from years ago. I just forgot what we looked like. Done.
5. I had a great discussion last year with someone who initially believed manic depression was a part of who she was. Over several months she gradually came to see how manic depression works against her. So I’m going to turn our discussion into a post. Possibly verbatim.
6. Recently a lot of bloggers in my sidebar have been thinking about dying. And worse, some have been actively trying to kill themselves. Most, if not all of them, have no understanding of what to expect tomorrow or next week, so suicide as an option is always in play. So I’ve started putting together a post about what people can expect to happen over the first three months, six months and year that they’re in treatment. Done.
7. An update on my diabetes situation.
8. I want to write something about Sci3ntology and the groups it has spawned who claim there is no connection.
I think that’s it for now.
*A “lede” is the first paragraph of a news story. It’s pronounced “lead, never follow”. A traditional lede should answer as many of the 5W’s as possible in less than thirty words. A feature lede, however, can be several paragraphs long.