Waiting for a tow….

I am a bad driver. Don’t believe me? Ask my husband, he seems to have a lot to say on the matter…

Yesterday was one of those days that confirmed it. As I was backing down a very steep drive way, I drove the back tire over a curb and off the edge. We were all safe, but the car was stuck. Like this-Ok, not that bad, but it was still scary.

I tried to put it in first and drive it back over the curb and up the hill, but when I did, the wheels only made a hideous screeching sound and the tires smoked. I did this a few times and my friend even tried pushing the car, but it was no use. I was stuck.
As I stood there in the rain waiting for the tow truck to arrive, feeling humiliated and angry, I had an “ah-ha” moment: I am the car..well, my writing is. Let me explain.

In my writing, I have backed myself over a curb and am hanging off a cliff, helplessly stuck. No matter how I try to move those wheels and make progress on my book, all I get is some hideous screeching and smoke.

Now, in my defense, this has been a busy time. We are managing the apartments we live in and my husband is planning to start law school in the fall , so we are in the middle of deciding where we want to live for the next three years, and I very little time to write, but that feels like a pretty poor excuse. And is it even the lack of time that is hindering me? Or is it just time to move on to a new idea?

I guess, for now, I am just waiting for that tow truck to come and pull me over the edge. That magical beautiful “muse tow truck”



  1. R.S.J. on March 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    You may just have too much on your mind right now. When I’m stressed, my writing comes to a screeching halt. Hopefully some mind blowing idea will get you on the road again:)

    And I avoid driving with my husband at all costs because of all he has to say about my driving.

  2. Anonymous on March 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Using colored font makes it extremely difficult to read your posts in Google Reader.

  3. Miriam S. Forster on March 24, 2011 at 1:27 am

    IMO, you should keep writing even if you’re just scribbling short stories or random scenes. That way when the muse does show up, the way will be open.

    Also, I hate moving. Good luck!

  4. Renee Collins on March 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Anon-Uh oh, really? Hmm. We’ll work on that.

    Thanks for letting us know.

  5. Read my books; lose ten pounds! on March 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Oh NO, that picture is freaken scary!

    Thanks for being #50!

  6. Diana on March 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Ruth- I am hoping that is true, and if there was a Back Seat Driver award it would probably go to my hubs 🙂

    Anon- Sorry! We will work on that.

    Miriam- That is a very good idea, maybe it’s the thought of having to finish a whole book that scares me.

    Read- It’s very scary- as an interesting side note- When I googled pictures of “cars stuck” I was amazed at how many came up that had a scantily clad women stuck in their cars. I guess that is some guy fantasy that I was unaware of!