Nobody’s going to make you


I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. ~ Pearl S. Buck

I planned to say that I’m not in the mood to write, that for two weeks all I’ve wanted to do is watch Netflix from dawn to dark (dawn being in this case a relative term), that I don’t foresee a time when I will give a flip about writing novels or blogs or even grocery lists, for that matter, but that, as someone, maybe Stephen King, maybe not, said, if you don’t write, nobody cares and nobody’s going to make you, and as Pearl Buck said, you can’t wait for moods, you just have to buckle down and write, and that it would be a shame if I quit now, because as William Blake said, there’ s no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.

There is no mistake so great
as the mistake of not going on. ~ William Blake

But I got sidetracked by the chairs pictured in “The Poets,” cited below.

They’re folding chairs with built-in lamps. One chair is named William Blake. The other is called J. W. Goethe.

I won’t elaborate–you can see for yourself–but I find them fascinating. I want one, preferably the William Blake. Although as a right-hander, I might need the left-handed J. W. Goethe.

I wonder whether the Goethe comes in green.

No matter. Neither will be in my stocking this Saturday morning.

But they’ve served their purpose. They made me smile, lifted my spirits, and put me in a mood to get down to work.

And to avoid the mistake of not going on.



7 thoughts on “Nobody’s going to make you

  1. Good to hear your writing voice, Kathy, even if it is feeling a little under duress. I want a Blake chair too…but I’d need a designer house to match. if I had my way I would paper all the walls of my house with Blake’s words and pictures.

    Hope the coming days are manageable. It is arduous waiting for time to heal.


    1. I like your idea about papering your walls with Blake. Just one little chair would do until I could get the house.

      The days are going okay. As you say, time heals.


  2. Oh boy, sounds like the mood I’ve been in! I suppose we’ve caught “The Season” –but you–Pearl–are/is exactly right. My husband says that as well. Particularly when I say I’m not in the mood to do the ironing. His response–what does being in the mood have to do with it!

    Thanks for the reminder! Sylvia


  3. Combined travel, computer disasters, lost work and general malaise are causing me to battle the same no writing mood. I need your resolve. Still looking for it.


    1. Did you check out those chairs? That might at least be a start. Though for computer disasters and lost work…it might take more than quirky furniture.


  4. I agree, it’s the season and the accompanying madness. It will be over soon, though. And there will be tons of things I didn’t get done. I guess that will be the start of my 2011 list.

    I love the chairs, too! There’s no link to buy them, or even find out the price. It would be cool, though….


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