Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Something about nothing


I don’t know what to write about today, so I just sit here and stare at the blank screen in front of me. I drum my fingers on my desk. I sigh. I flick through the pages of my notebook. There are so many things I could write about today, but somehow…. It’s just not working.

I make myself a cup of tea. It takes a good five minutes. I take my phone to the kitchen with me and scroll through my Twitter feed as the kettle boils. Is it inspiration or distraction?  


Back at my desk I warm my hands on my blue and white spotty mug. I shouldn’t be cold, but I am. It’s usually so hot at this time of year, and here I am wearing a jumper. 

I stare at the photos on my pin board and I smile. But I still don’t know what to write.


I flick through the pages of an old diary. I was 12 when I first started writing about my life. Turns out that I was pretty boring back then. I used to copy the headlines from my father’s newspaper, I wonder if I understood them?

Must. Write. Something!

I sip my tea. That’s my fifth today. Is that too many?

My husband is cooking dinner. It smells good. Maybe I could write about him. What a great dad he is and how he cooks dinner nearly every night. Would that make a good post?

I suppose I could give it a miss? Would anyone notice if I missed a week?

Words blur in my mind, but the screen remains blank.

This is a post about nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

33 comments:

  1. Sometimes we have those nothing days, when thoughts are swimming around inside, but don't make it to a coherent piece of writing.

    Actually yours was still a coherent piece of writing :-)

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  2. It's just life. Some days overflow with inspirations others just are. x

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  3. At least you wrote something! ;)

    Just out of curiosity, do you ever drink coffee? I used to solely drink tea, and somehow coffee started to creep into my life.

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  4. Some days are just like that aren't they? I suppose you should just embrace the calm when it's available. I'm sure inspiration will flow tomorrow.

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  5. Yes, embrace the calm and don't worry! And five cups of tea is possibly too few, I think.... I love blogs as they are our space and if one day I don't feel like writing, I don't... and the couple of weeks I had off were good for the soul too, will do that again in Feb, I think.

    And tomorrow's another (inspiring) day.

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  6. How tidy and neat is your desk!!!
    I found plenty within in this post to entertain myself. How great that you can still get something out there when there is nothing....or is there???
    Becc via #ibot

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  7. we've all been there. happens to the best of us! :) love your desk set up. we're thinking about getting a new desk in the next couple of weeks.

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  8. I just came back form a whole 5 weeks of blog nothings! Nothing is something, too. I suppose. Profound...

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  9. As you know, I piggy back other bloggers when the blogging mojo goes AWOL. I'd be happy to read about more of your Tardis adventures. I must say that your desk is remarkably tidy.

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  10. I know what that like when the words won't come. I'm sure they'll come back tomorrow. Rachel xx

    #TeamIBOT

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  11. I hear ya! When you commit to blogging every day there have to be days about nothing. I've had quite a few. Crickets. Sometimes nothing is good. Sometimes a clear space gives us a chance to breathe ...
    Happy breathing!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  12. All writing advice says that you should write even when you don't feel like it, instead of waiting for inspiration,so, good call. Now for some reason I feel like a cup of tea..*wanders off to put the kettle on*

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  13. I've been a bit brain-dead too lately. I think it's all the Christmas happenings. I always have my best thoughts for a Blog post in the shower or on a long drive...

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  14. A post about nothing, and yet it speaks volumes! It talks of your life and your loves :) happy Tuesday!

    Hello from #teamIBOT

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  15. All I can say is what a great post. It may be about nothing but I feel you said a lot of things in this post.

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  16. Well done - geek kev likes the fact you use a mac.

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  17. A post about many things; your sanctuary in tea, your safe sound husband and the overwhelming feeling of home - dinner wafting through the house
    A notebook full of inspiration waiting to find words
    nothing is what it seems
    xx

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  18. I have been tempted to write a post like that numerous times!
    I am not #IBOTing today, December is crazy so taking a step back and blogging once a week this month.

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  19. I hate those days... when blogger-block is marching around in your head, stomping on any ideas before they get the chance to fully form.

    Those are the days when I wander over to a site like Blogher or Hoopla and browse the posts, trying to find one that inspires me to write *SOMETHING*.

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  20. You are not alone, there are many days when I struggle to write something down...it will pass and you will find yourself rambling on in no time at all xx

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  23. We all have one of those days..I have it all the time and instead of tea, I take cups of coffee. Sometimes I wonder if I could get heart attack for drinking too much caffeine in a search of inspiration to write lol. But this one is indeed a great post. I envy you for having such a wonderful husband. Cooks dinner nearly every night?! wow! my husband cooks dinner nearly one night ha ha...

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  24. I could write one of these posts just about everyday. And I agree with Annaleis, you can never have too much tea!

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  25. Nothing. And you've managed to create a post that has relaxed me to no end. I even read it slowly. Nice job. And you didn't even know it. ;o)

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  26. Perfectly written, Catherine! Even something about nothing can be insightful! Thanks for proving that :)

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  27. You can never have too much tea and it seems inspiration can be found anywhere, even, seemingly, in nothing!

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  28. Well, as far as I'm concerned, you write about nothing pretty well! :)
    xx

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  29. I'm sure your inspiration is just around the corner - i find when i can't write - i'm absolutely exhausted. Hope you are ok.

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