A funny thing happened on the way to the cafe today.
I demotivated myself.
AKA: day two…
Earlier this week, I publicly announced my June writing goal of completing my gay themed drafts prior to the end of Pride Month. Yesterday, I gave myself a pass on the four drafts remaining. That pass cut the four to two, because two were really just situationally gay.
And one of those is a really daunting topic.
I don’t need that kind of pressure.
So, this morning, on the way to the cafe, I’m looking at the last two drafts and the last two days of June.
Both of these drafts are about exes. Exes that I still cared about when I ended the relationships.
Y’know, chipper shit.
This morning, my thought was, “Damn. This shit is heavy. If I write about this, I’m likely gonna be down for the day. Maybe I should just worry about one and forget the other…both drafts are at least a year old, anyway.”
This is no recipe for success, folks.
I grab my coffee and instead of sitting down and tapping something out on my phone, I start reading the blogs I follow. Occasionally, I see a theme that motivates me.
This was the case today as well. But then I got all Dad on myself and said no new entries until you finish a draft.
The writer equivalent of “no dessert until you finish your veggies”.
Then I saw this entry from Pace Mind Blog
and clicked on over to give it a read. I’m not gonna lie, he titled his post “Another Award” and it made me chuckle because as much as getting nominated by a fellow writer is motivating, however, it can feel a little
if you know what I mean.
There I was reading about how being nominated for this made him feel like he’s not putting negative content out there since the purpose of this award is to recognize people who inspire and spread positivity…my thought?
There’s no way in hell that I’m getting this nomination!
Imagine my surprise…
But, I’ll confess that it was a pleasant – albeit unexpected – surprise, so, thanks Pacey! Click on the link above to check out his blog. I enjoy living his Aussie life vicariously though his posts.
Naturally, I’m going to use this as a procrastinating device!
Nonono. I’ll write more later, this will just get my writing juices flowing…but first: rules!
Rules, Rules, Rules!
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog ✅
2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you – keep reading
3. Nominate new blogs and write them new questions – patience, paduan
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post ✅
See? Already halfway done!
Ready? Here we go! And I really like Pacey’s questions, so I’m actually excited to answer!
1. Gay man to Gay man (and the world) favourite Ru Paul Queen?….Wait do you even watch drag race?
I’m way too grumpy for that stuff! And I’m a terrible gay, I know.
I have actually never even seen a full episode of RPDR, can you believe that?
I bet you can.
I have been present in a bar long enough to finish my drink after they started screening the current weekly episode. Does that count?
It’s a little trope-y, but my take on this is a little derivative of the old Groucho Marx quote about not wanting to be a member of any club that would have me as a member. Basically, every other gay person is losing their shit over it, so I want nothing to do with it.
It’s weird, since I do enjoy being around Drag Queens so much.
Upside? I had no desire or care to know what the hell the whole “Vanjie” thing was. I was amused at how crazy it seemed to be making people, though.
2. Why so grumpy?
I wear this adjective like a mantle of pride.
Truth be told, though? I think I’m pretty happy.
I get grumpy when people are rude or even careless about their role in a society.
Just this morning, as I approached the cafe, I had to make a decision about manners. There was a woman approaching the door from the opposite direction. She was a little closer, but I naturally move a little faster than she due to my height.
In my mind, I see my grandmother, standing there waiting for me to open the door for her. I decide that even if I step up my pace a bit, best case is we’ll arrive at the door at the same time.
A) This will allow me to open the door for her, but it opens in the direction she is approaching from, so that would actually be an inconvenience for her.
B) It’s gonna look like I was trying to beat her to get into the cafe first.
So I end up hanging back.
Yes, I’m a little neurotic.
No, this isn’t sexist, I’d have had the exact same dilemma if there was a guy approaching the door.
She looks right at me as she opens the door just enough to squeeze through and let’s it close on me.
Inside, she peels off to the left instead of heading straight for the counter. I figure she’s looking for someone or staking out seating before she orders and continue on. Then she abruptly changes course toward the counter so I roll my eyes and slow down – again, trying to not appear like I’m jockeying for position in line.
She passes the counter and I realize she’d been looking for the restrooms as she tries the door and I think, “You’re gonna need a key”…which is conveniently available from the barista station. She grabbed it without acknowledging the staff standing nearby and went off down the hall.
Basically, all of this awkward dancing I did with this woman was so she could deuce out without buying anything. In and of itself, that bugs me – using a business’ bathroom without patronizing the business itself. However, the oblivious manner in which she interacted with myself and the barista just rankled me.
I’m actually trying to work on my reaction to people like this. I remind myself that I don’t know her situation and try to assuage my frustration and head off my judgment.
Still…can’t you even give a sheepish “Hi” to the barista who’s gonna end up cleaning the bathroom? I know you’re doing a pee-pee dance, we’ve all been there, can’t an American ego handle this scenario? After all, we all start off learning the same thing at pre-school story time:
So chill out.
3. Since you are looking for work, if you could do any job what would it be?
Oof. This is a great question! I’ve been in retail my entire adult life, see also: Why so grumpy
Not only is retail comfortable to me because I know the expectations so well, but I also love the social opportunity that the nature of the environment provides.
On top of that, the chaos the job provides is energizing. I can get to work each day with a mental list of what needs to be accomplished that day. My expectation is that that to-do list goes out the window the first time I pick up the phone or as soon as I open the door. Taking care of my customers’ needs and still accomplishing my deliverables for the day is a fun challenge.
Frustrating as it can be, it’s hard to imagine a job without that chaotic nature. It allows me to leave with a sense of satisfaction every day that is more rewarding than the validation payday provides every two weeks.
That said, I’ve tried to escape the retail grind a couple of times in my career. Nothing fulfills me the same way.
I think writing would.
I started this blog to develop my writer’s voice. I’ve learned that my inner writer has quite a foul mouth. It’s hard to monetize that as a copy writer without a filter, so that can limit paid writing opportunities.
As far as writing a novel?
Well, that doesn’t really pay that well, but I’d still like to do it. I’m just struggling with the reality that my style lends itself to more of a David Sedaris type monologist book and I’d rather emulate a serial type style like one of my writing heroes, Armistead Maupin.
It’ll happen…just not in a “this is my job” type of way.
4. Would you ever be someones sugar daddy? would you ever have a sugar daddy?
Right now, I could use a Sugar Daddy.
Certainly, I’ve played a role as a daddy-type in my dating life, it’s the nature of being attracted to younger guys.
However, admitting that I’m attracted to younger guys – despite their inadvertent behavioral attempts to make themselves supremely unattractive to me – rules out having a Sugar Daddy myself. For the same reason that I won’t be someone’s Sugar Daddy: respect.
When I’m dating someone, I need to be able to respect myself and my boyfriend as an equal partner in the relationship. Dating someone for what they can provide financially or for the lifestyle upgrade goes against my ethical grain.
I’m single because there aren’t a lot of guys out there that see me beyond that filter.
Also, because the last guy that could see me beyond that filter proved out the other potential of inter generational dating: staying with me was beginning to retard his development into a fully functional adult.
My golden rule for dating younger guys? Leave ’em better than I found ’em.
He’s actually the subject of one of the two drafts that I mentioned earlier, so you may be reading more about that situation soonly…
5. Where in the world have you travelled? and where do you still want to travel to?
Last part first: Australia has been on my bucket list since before the turn of the century. I was actually planning a tenth anniversary trip with Sacha, but we crapped out at the six year mark. Since then, it’s lost its luster to some degree, but I’m planning to reclaim the trip on an individual basis at some point in the next decade!
I’ve been to a good chunk of Europe, but Spain and Portugal are still on my list. I’d like to go back to Italy for a month-long immersion, but I think that’s a post-60s trip. Oddly, the eastern parts of Europe have never really had much of a pull for me.
My first trip off the North American continent was to Northern Africa, mainly Egypt. I think there’s still some exploring to do in that region, but I definitely want to experience South Africa before I die. Or after, maybe disembodied travel is cheaper!
Now…the hard part, paying it forward. Who to nominate…
What makes this hard isn’t just a matter of who to nominate. Every blog I follow, I enjoy. Choosing would be easy through that filter. The tough thing is, who would appreciate it? I joke about these awards being “Everybody Gets a Trophy” affairs and call them Montessori Report Cards, but they do mean something to me…they motivate me to keep going when the goals I set for myself are difficult to achieve or when my own inertia is proving difficult to overcome.
That said, I think I’m passing the baton to Ben over at My Casual Trainwreck Life because – like this peer wreckognition type of award, reading his blog can motivate me. We’re a little similar and a little dis. I think he’s a better writer than I am, simply because he seems more disciplined in his style. That makes his writing slightly aspirational to me because it makes me think about how I write and whether I can or should look for the next evolution of my style.
Check him out.
Here are my questions for him, if he chooses to play along:
1) Give us a quick bio to introduce yourself to us. Mother’s maiden name, social security number…just the basics.
2) What’s your end game as a writer, do you have writing aspirations beyond the blog?
3) How do you motivate yourself to produce content?
4) Tell us an embarrassing story.
5) I liked Pacey’s question about where I’ve traveled and where I still want to go, so I’m ripping that one off for you, too!
Thanks, again, Pacey for the nod.
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