Catching Fireflies

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5X5 The Ultimate Cure for Blogger’s Block

Blogger’s Block, for those of you who do not know, is a dangerous illness that strikes down many bloggers in their prime. 🙂 At a loss for a continuous flow of new material and ideas, many bloggers allow themselves to fall prey to this debilitating disorder and let their blogs languish. Symptoms may include but are not limited to nausea, irritability, sleeplessness, blurred vision, and headaches. There is no total cure, but there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from falling victim to it. 5×5 is one way to break the cycle! I am a little late to the party, but as a chronic Blog Block sufferer, I felt I should try the remedy.

I saw this on another blog – Benzeknees.For other 5×5 posts, check out Carrie Rubin, Misc. Maggie, Rarasaur,  SJ O’Hart, Vanessa Chapman,  or The Mercenary Researcher. In the comments section on each there are plenty more links to other great blogs that took part in this event. Five things I am passionate about:

  • Reading – I have so many books in my to-read pile that it takes up multiple wall space in multiple rooms. In addition to all the print books, I have tons on my Kindle, and even more in my Amazon wish list. I guess I just firmly believe you can never have too many books.  I typically have a couple going at once – one fiction and one or two nonfiction (usually writing related). Which brings us to the 2nd thing I am passionate about…
  • Writing – (That was kind of a no-brainer, huh?!) 🙂 But it’s true. I have always had multiple blank books lying around the house and have dreamed of being an author since I was a child. I am a firm believer in journaling, too.
  • Cats – Especially rescues. We were never able to have human children, so fur babies it is. And like books, the more, the merrier! 🙂
  • Quilting – I took a hand quilting class years ago and have never looked back. It is an addiction – fabric, design, colors, patterns, math and creativity blended together. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it.
  • Music – I love country, classical, old blues and jazz standards, rock, pop, opera, broadway and fiddle tunes. I was a voice major in college. I play (and I use the term pretty loosely) piano and violin. I would love to learn mandolin, ukulele, and cello. I cannot tolerate rap, screaming metal, harpsichord music, or free form jazz.

Five things I would like to do before I die:

  • Learn to play my instruments better, and take up some new ones (see above)
  • Publish the five books I have written, and keep going with many more!
  • Use up my fabric stash (at this point that will probably never happen) and read all the books in my to-read pile (again, never gonna happen)
  • Travel more in the US and abroad. This would also involve getting over my fear of airplanes, but I digress…
  • Learn to speak Italian
  • Also learn to really use the DSLR camera we bought

Five things I say a lot:

  • I should/I have to – trying to banish “shoulds” from my way of thinking
  • Derogatory statements about my weight
  • “Sorry” when I had absolutely nothing to do with the situation. It’s one thing to empathize but quite another when my inner mush feels guilty about everything.
  • Swearing – I can talk like a sailor if the mood is right. But sometimes f@#%! is truly the best word for the situation. Admittedly, it does just spring from lips frequently.
  • Y’know – it’s as bad as Um

Five books or magazines I have read recently:

  • In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan – I “met” her at an online writer’s conference and checked out her first book. Very good, and I will be reading the rest of the series.
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell – actually in the process of reading again.
  • House Rules by Jodi Piccoult – love everything this woman writes.
  • Iron King by Julie Kagawa – great series
  • The Stand by Stephen King – one of his best. I reread this on occasion to teach myself to think big in my writing.
  • Page After Page by Heather Sellers – I come back to this time after time. Great inspiration for writers and a kick in the pants as well.

Five favorite movies:

  • You’ve Got Mail, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle – really anything with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
  • Moonstruck
  • What About Bob?
  • Oscar
  • Funny Farm
  • Groundhog Day
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Little Mermaid
  • Father of the Bride
  • Ever After
  • Pretty Woman
  • Too many others to list…

Ok, I admit — mostly chick flicks… But isn’t that what the movies are for? To make you feel good?! 🙂

Wanna play, too?  Be sure to link up to the fabulous Benzeknees, as well as me, or pop over to see who else decided to play:


  1. I like your lists!

  2. Thanks for participating! I love reading other people’s lists! I have to ask though – Father of the Bride – old one with Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor or new one with Steve Martin & Diane Keaton? I love them both! And I love Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor in “Father’s Little Dividend” which was the sequel to Father of the Bride! I love chick flicks too!

    • I have only ever seen the remake. I will definitely have to catch the original movies. I am a list lurker as well. Love to see what everyone writes.

      • I hope you do find the old ones, they are different from the remakes in subtle ways because of the customs of the times, etc. And make sure to follow up with Father’s Little Dividend!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! You must be part British if you say sorry for things you haven’t done, we do that a lot 🙂

    • Nope, not British. Perhaps it is in my genetics though. 🙂

  4. You’ve written five books? That’s fantastic! Think of the ready supply you’ll have once you start getting published.

    Thanks for the mention! Enjoyed reading your 5X5. 🙂

    • Thanks Carrie. I have “written” five books, but only one, possibly two, are ready for daylight. The others need some serious revision, rewrites and sorting out. I know of authors that can manage a day job and still have time to be writing a book while revising another couple projects… Don’t know how they find the brain power for that.

  5. Daphne Shadows

    Good idea! Did it help?

    • I don’t know that it will help with blocks, but it definitely got me writing. 🙂 it seemed like it would be a quick post but it took longer to write than a lot of my other ones.

      • Daphne Shadows

        Yeah, why is it so hard to answer questions about ourselves?

        • And yet, here we are in the blogosphere… Very odd. 🙂

          • Daphne Shadows

            I know right? I always tell people I’m a walking contradiction for a reason. 😉

  6. BTW, I think you would also like Green Card with Andie McDowell if you like rom/coms

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