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Friday, July 23, 2010


How do you break yourself out of a rut (or funk or what have you)?  I am in a rather impressive streak of absolutely-no-motivation-whatsoever, but I need to shake myself out of it.  I am curious what you guys do when this happens.  (I know I'm not the only one.)

Generally, I am a list-maker.  Seeing everything I need to do, and knowing if I do one, I can cross one off -- and god, that's a delicious little feeling.  I sometimes start the list with things that I've just done, just so I have something to cross off.  But that's just between you and me...

So if I were to make a list, this is what it would look like:
  • read and review all current review books (this would be split into all of them, but I am behind and there are a lot)
  • record teasers for books and schedule
  • record a few Kids Corner posts and reviews
  • catch up and get ahead on meme work
  • write up YA love rant (it's been stewing)
  • figure out something for blogiversary -- hey, that's in a couple of days, did you know that?  Had plans, haven't done a damn thing...
  • Finish (for the love of god, finish) all Jane in June prizes and send. them. out!
  • make schedule of posts for the next few weeks and use as guide
What do you think the chances are of me doing any of this?  That's the other thing about list-making -- sometimes the list itself is enough.*

Part of my current situation is that I don't want to do the things I should be doing because I have stacks and stacks of shiny new books from ALA to read (and 6 more came today, including an ARC of Beautiful Darkness -- which you may recall, I already have.  So guess what got added to the prize pool...) But maybe I just need inspiration, something new to take over my brain.

So I come to you with 2 questions:
  1. How do you break yourself out of a funk?
  2.  What would you like to see on Book Rat? 

*Which of course made me think of this: "I have seen a great many lists of her drawing-up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now." (Knightley, Emma)  Jane in June may be over, but you know there's no escaping my Jane.


  1. I like your style.

    But if you are referring to a reading funk, dystopians usually jar me out of them.

    Good luck :)

  2. More an "I don't want to do anything" funk.

  3. What about doing nothing for a while. I did that quite often ;p

  4. Uhm. Sadly, I don't have any suggestions to lift you out of your funk. When it happens to me, I just do something else (or possibly, nothing at all), and wait until I feel like doing something again. Not really scientific or quick, but yeah, in the long run it should work. No idea how long it shall be, though (and that's the main problem).

    What I's like to see on Book Rat: some of those posts for Kids Corner. And maybe some review for those shiny, beautiful new books of which you posted a picture a few posts back. Just saying.

  5. Perhaps if you give yourself a reward system. It used to work for me when i was in school. Whenever i would get myself stuck on a paper or having trouble finishing a book i would promise myself something i wanted. Whether it was a delectable carmel, a episode of a show i haven't seen, or even if it was big a purchase. ^^

    I think it would be cool to maybe see a "last character standing" here. You could pick out a book type and then list characters. People then vote for one. The characters then get knocked off till there was a last character standing. I've seen it done of some blogs. The one that most comes to mind is "Last diva standing" from TLO on project rungay.


  6. I draw strength from characters from books whose life gave them more reason to, and no luxury of opportunity for, indulging in a funk. Does it work? Not always, but more often than anything else I've tried.

    Book Rat is fine. The only I could say is more but I'm sure you'd enjoy that as much as I if the rest of life allowed it.

  7. Usually when I get stuck in one of those funks, I have used others to motivate me. For instance when I didn't feel like reading anything for while, I signed up for a read-a-thon, so that I might be motivated. Lately I haven't been wanting to read the books for my awards committee I serve on, so I posted a few of the titles and asked my blog readers to choose the one they want me to review for August. I have discovered that my fellow bloggers are a great source of support and that sometimes I need someone to tell me what to do. I hope that helps!

  8. to get out of a reading or writing funk, try these:
    1. watch a movie
    2. listen to music (preferably live)
    3. go to a museum
    i find myself getting inspired from these activities.

    or just turn on some tunes and do some dancing ;-D


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