2. A state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art
3. A dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits
All in a hot and copper sky,The bloody Sun, at noon,Right up above the mast did stand,No bigger than the Moon.Day after day, day after day,We stuck, no breath no motion;As idle as a painted shipUpon a painted ocean.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
- After setting that down yesterday I found myself in the same frustrating paralysis I find myself in today, and indeed have been for months. The winds of inspiration aren't blowing and I put up my sail only to see it sag dispiritedly.
Dead in the water.
My writing has come to a standstill and I can barely muster the energy to read books or keep up with the news. Facebook is the path of least resistance.
I remember reading somewhere that a key to ending writer's block is to describe the bricks of the cell one is imprisoned in. Brick by brick.
The Truth shall set you free.
Maybe I can take that literally.
So maybe I can generate a little wind by Telling The Truth about what life is like in the Doldrums. it's not an original thought. My counselor Shannon suggested it.
The trouble is, this is where I usually fall silent. So maybe this will be the first Truth of the Doldrums. A great big Void.