One of the worst things for a writer is writer's block, which is when a writer just can't seem to pull words together to create a story, or a poem or a chapter in a book that she is working on. This is where I am.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
One of the worst things for a writer is writer's block, which is when a writer just can't seem to pull words together to create a story, or a poem or a chapter in a book that she is working on. This is where I am.
It's tough. I won't lie. There was no column last week because of Internet outages in my area due to the storm. I don't like to miss doing my weekly column because it's something that gives me great pleasure. But, I have had two weeks to get this column today finished, and now my deadline looms and the words just float around in my brain.
For a writer, and usually for me, I can sit down with my laptop, choose a topic, and then write and have it finished in an hour or two. But for some reason, I'm still sitting in my recliner, trying to find some words that make sense. And poor Liz, she waits for me again.
Perhaps I've been a little too busy these days. I'm the type of person who tends to take on many projects at one time and get them done as I promised to do. But, sooner or later that catches up with me.
Dreams of getting away from it all for a while - to a place where there is quiet, no deadlines, no meetings, no events to organize. I have a couple of places in mind, and it's nice to think about the beautiful winter scenery, log cabin getaway, hot tub, sleeping in and even taking a nap when I need one. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
My life is so hectic, and I have no one to blame but myself. I've been retired since 2012, so I have the luxury of choosing what I want to do with my spare time. In my case, though, I am failing to make time to just be quiet, be at peace, be content to just do nothing. We all need that, don't you agree?
Some of my readers know that I have been working on writing two books about my 18-year-old rescue cat aptly named Old Fella - one, a children's book, one a fictional non-fiction (yes, I know there's no such thing LOL). I have had to put both drafts away for the last two weeks because I was just at a standstill.
Some days, it is just impossible to be a writer...impossible to come up with something profound and interesting. So, sometimes a writer will just write about nothing at all - sort of like "Seinfeld" - a television series about nothing. Jerry Seinfeld and his co-stars became millionaires because of the successful run of that show.
I can't imagine how Liz Beavers, editor of this newspaper, puts out a newspaper several days a week. That in itself is an incredible accomplishment. Mineral Daily News Tribune is full of local news, coming events, Associated Press releases, comics, want ads and other business advertising, and so much more. She and her staff do that every day of every week - writing and producing a local paper.
All I have to do is come up with my itty bitty column once a week. Easy peasy, you say? You would think so.
It's almost 10 a.m. - my rarely-met deadline to have my column in to Liz. I'm trying, really am! I'll end this column about nothing but one of my dreams - a perfect getaway.
A three-night stay at Leber's Log Cabins in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania - complete with firewood, a stone fireplace, a little snow and really cold weather, a little couch time and TV, my cell of course (can't live without that!), some comfort foods, my Old Fella, and lots of time to do nothing but what I feel like doing. A rustic log cabin can do wonders for my soul, and God knows I need the temporary respite from my crazy busy life.
Yes, now I need to just do it. Somehow. Find my mojo again, ya know?
Thanks for reading, my friends.