Music needed!

So here I am asking for some more advice.

I love music, but I have my own niche.  That niche, surprisingly enough, is showtunes.  I can’t get enough of them.  (No, I have NOT listened to Hamilton yet.  I WANT to, so bad, but I want to wait until I actually get to see it.  If I ever actually get to see it.)  They’re fantastic because they tell a story.  And they have some great voices and melodies that go along with them.

The problem is that I don’t venture too far away from my niche.  I listen to some indie, some classic rock, some instrumental movie soundtracks.  But I have a problem finding new music.  Especially finding new writing music.

I don’t like my writing songs to have too many words in them.  It can get distracting.  Yes, I have writing music that DOES have words, but I’d prefer the instrumental stuff.  A lot of movie soundtracks.  (The Theory of Everything was the soundtrack of my last novel.)

So how do you find new music that fits the genre that you want to get into the headspace of?  So far, I’ve been having a little bit of luck with Youtube.  Should I look more into Pandora?  Spotify?  Something else?


The easy way out or the road less traveled?

Do you ever get a great idea for what you’re going to write (yes, I know that I just updated about writer’s block, but something came to me in a dream!  No, really.), and you get so excited, and then you sit down to write it.. and there are all sorts of problems?

A part of me hates the beginning of the writing process, all of that planning.  Because it can be so hard, a complete obstacle to getting to the fun part.  You have all of these ideas, but you need to make them make sense, right?  And sometimes that is just not fun.

Do I keep going?  Do I keep planning this wild story in my head?  Even with this giant obstacle in my way?  Or do I stop?  Search my brain for something easier to write?  Less difficult.

I don’t want to say that I am running away from a challenge.  But with a new job and a new apartment, should I write something that comes to me easily?  Save the difficult stuff for when life settles down a bit?

Will life settle down a bit?

And more importantly, will I ever stop asking questions on this blog?

What do you do when you have writer’s block?

Stuck sick in bed the weekend before school starts is NOT where I want to be.

I’m feeling lethargic (and not just because of this nasty cold).  I have some intense writer’s block right now.  I’m chipping away edits on my first novel (editing is such an arduous process, and I really hate it), but nothing new is happening.  I have seedlings of ideas, but none that make me sit at the computer and WANT to write.  I’ve tried, but I don’t like what comes out.

So I guess this isn’t a blog so much as a request for advice.  What do you do when you have writer’s block?  How do you get your inspiration?

Welcome. Will I be?

The school year is about to start here, and because of that, I have been attending a lot (and I mean a LOT) of meetings for teachers.  These meetings help us make sure that we are prepared for the year, that we have plenty of icebreakers that we can use for our students, and that we know how to welcome the year and the students with open arms.

For me, the welcomes are the scariest part of the year.  I suffer from a little bit of social anxiety, and it’s hard for me to make connections with other people.  (No, I’m not sure why I became a teacher either.)  So I just keep thinking about how terrible it would be if I am unable to make connections with my students.

What if I don’t understand them?  What if they don’t like me?  What if I don’t like them?  What if I’m a miserable failure?

I had these same thoughts last year.  They turned out to be unfounded.  I didn’t connect with every student, but I loved them all.  I made connections.  I worked hard for all of them, and I think they liked me all right.

But it’s a new year.  New school.  New students.  I know that I won’t work any less, but those worries nag at the back of my mind.  Will it be enough?