Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Writer's Magic 8 Ball


I want one of these.

I need one of these.

I am pretty wishy-washy when it comes to making decisions and easily swayed. I'm a Libra and don't believe at all in astrological signs, yet contstantly blame my Libra-dom on this personal failing.

My question is always the same.

What in heck should I do right now (about my WIP, about querying, about blogging)?

Here's what my Magic 8 Ball would say when I throttle it.

Eat chocolate. Ask again later.

My sources say read a new novel.

Signs point to sending a query.

Stop complaining and get back to your WIP.

Turn off the internet for 3 hours. Do it, girl.

Don't ask me. Ask your brilliant writing friends. I am just a ball of toxic blue fluid.

Don't ask me. I'm not responsible for your life decisions. Slap yourself and get on with it.


Well, well. There's my 8 Ball. Does your 8 Ball say the same things?

Remember to take a minute to see this week's blog chain post on writing goals!


Zoe Courtman is posting today! And check out Danyelle Leafty's post last week, my post, and Laura's response too.

52 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My 8 ball is hungover so it's giving me all kinds of mixed messages. What to do. What to do.

I have something on my blog for you today. :)

Melissa said...

Ugh. I want a magic eight ball. As soon as possible!

It would tell me to turn off the internet for at least half of everyday. It would also tell me to stop procrastinating. It would also tell me to study for my exam which is in....Three hours!!

Maria Zannini said...

Mine says: Take a nap.

:sigh: Unfortunately, I can't nap and still fall asleep at night, so I shake the ball again.

That's when it tells me: Stop shaking me!

LOL.

Matthew Rush said...

Your hand - er mouse - writing is awesome!

Alesa Warcan said...

Heheheh. You have a remarkably pertinent 8 ball. : j

I reckon mine would go the minimalist route and skip words altogether. It would just use punctuation symbols. "..." "?" "!" "."
The added advantage is that I could interpret the symbols however I wanted.

Me-"Oh magic 8 ball... Will I make it through the day?"
M8B-"!"
Me-"Awesome! Woohoo..."
Joe- "Umm... Doesn't that mean something bad is going to happen?"
Me-"Hmm... Tell you what, lets cross-check using the usual method..."
Joe-"Jenga?"
Me-"Jenga!"

Yvonne Osborne said...

I feel we are much alike although I'm an emotional wreck of a Cancer. My eight ball tells me to send another query too....relish rejection and rise above it. But first to weed the carrots, something I can control.

Piedmont Writer said...

I'm a Taurus and all signs to point to patience but that's so hard with queries out and partials requested. I'm screaming every day, "Tell me that you love it and want to sign me." But of course, they can't hear me.

I'll give you the same advice my mother used to give me -- Eat all your vegetables, always take an umbrella when it rains, and finish what you start. You'll be healthy, dry and no one can ever say you're a quitter.

Vicki Rocho said...

Lydia, I'm a Libra too! I don't follow all that astrological stuff. But I know decisions are PAINFUL for me because I can see both sides of the equation...and usually I don't have strong feelings one way or the other.

I could use this magic 8 ball!

Paul C said...

I think about similar things: the extent of my Internet use, how much should I blog, what direction should my blog go? Entertaining post.

Clara said...

Omg, I LOVED your magic 8 ball, can you lend it to me?

"Ball, when am I going to finish my manuscript?"

My 8 ball would say: "Ask again later, I´m too tired for this crap" lol

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, great post. My brother had one of those things when we were kids. I like yours better. Mine would probably say a lot of similar things - except turn off the internet. (Three hours without internet is too hard.) Mine would probably also say 'quit procrastinating' and 'turn off the TV'. =o)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Love your writer's eight ball - I think mine should say pretty much the same though I'm sure the "turn off the internet for 3 hours" one would cause a panic ;)

KarenG said...

Mine just tells me guilt-inducing things that makes me want to throw it across the room. So, yes, I have one but I never look at it.

Giles Hash said...

Hee hee, that's awesome. If I had a magic eight ball, it would say one thing: get to work for an hour, then play video games.

Mayowa said...

Mine has only one answer: To the liquor cabinet. Awaayy!!!

I'm seriously jealous of your artwork lady.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Haha! I need one of these. Let's see if I did have one it would say: Go swimming it's summer, ooo something shiny...
I have'nt been able to focus at all recently ugh.
Cute post ;)

Rena said...

Anything that tells you to eat chocolate is A-OK by me!

Liza said...

My eightball says: "Whatever you do don't stop."

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ha! This is wonderful, Lydia.
I think my 8 ball gets stuck on Eat Chocolate. Ask Later.

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Sigh. My eight ball is all broken and leaky, spilling that freaky blue liquid all over my keyboard...:D

JEM said...

I would need my 8 ball to tell me which direction to go with a story.

"Don't kill off that character, you can use him later."
"Don't make her blush one more time, it's getting ridiculous."
"Add that third love interest."

Jen said...

Haha I don't have one yet but I think that ours would look pretty much the same!!! Bahaha thanks for this post, cheered me up!

Carol Kilgore said...

Our 8 Balls were separated at birth.

Renae said...

I love this post Lydia! I don't have a magic 8-ball but if I did, I'm sure it would tell be to get off the internet and get to work.

j.m. neeb said...

My Magic 8 Ball only leaves messages in Swahili, which, unfortunately, I don't read.

[That's why you don't buy a Magic 8 Ball from some guy selling them out of the back of a van, kids.]

I'd like to think it is leaving me good messages, but it's probably just swearing at me.

Solvang Sherrie said...

My 8-ball says play a few rounds of Solitaire and everything will be clear...numbers do that, right?

Jamie Grey said...

Yay for Libras! I'm one too and I can tell you it's downright awful trying to make a decision some times. Especially when it comes to writing. Do I want this plot point or another. Should my villian be sympathetic or just plain evil? I *want* one of those 8 balls!!!

Talli Roland said...

Hehe! Love this - I need one of those too.

I'm pretty good at making decisions but I need to limit the scope to my decisions to about 15 easy things to do.

Nicole Zoltack said...

A writer magic 8 ball... I would so love to have one! Of course, my would probably say "Get back to work!" every time I would shake it. lol

lbdiamond said...

My magic 8 ball is in some unidentifiable ancient language and I don't have a Rosetta stone...

Nicole Murray said...

I actually have a broken Magic 8 Ball beside my writing desk. It's a broken toy(only half the toxic blue fluid) that reminds me I have to make my decisions not the fates or the whim of a broken ball of fun.

It is so funny you should blog about this. Funny 8 Ball answers though. I snorted my coffee.

E. Arroyo said...

I love this. We should have a writers 8 ball and I like your suggestions! Great post!

Sandy Shin said...

Ooh, a magic 8 ball! Mine would say the same things, except I'd have GO STUDY in place of the query one. :D

(And I would have 5 variations of turning off the Internet for 3 hours, because, really, I'll need that.)

Joanne said...

I like your idea of asking the 8-ball. If only our answers were that easy, and obvious! One can dream ...

Munk said...

Exactly the same things. And it never ceases to annoy me that it refers to me as "girl".

Southpaw said...

I want my 8 ball to include blog topics.

MBW aka Olleymae said...

ahahaha this is hilarious!! I'm pretty sure my 8 ball would say THE EXACT SAME THINGS.

Brilliance :)

WritingNut said...

I love it! Mine would probably say the same thing :) ANd to stop procrastinating and getting distracted.

Erinn said...

mine would say

1) Revise

2) hound your betas for feedback

3) Fart around on twitter for an hour

4) Go be a mom and change your kids diaper

5) Seriously your kid smells-- change her.

6) You're an awesome writer, No retreat no surround.



Great post!

DL Hammons said...

All my crystal ball ever says is:

YOU CALL THAT A SHAKE?

Tahereh said...

hahaha that would be so awesome. i wish i had one.

Krispy said...

I had a mini 8 ball I used to consult, but it just kept refusing to answer - as in the die thing inside would end up on an edge, I kid you not. XP

Looks like your 8 ball has some snark in it. :)

Julie Musil said...

That Magic 8 ball needs to make a stop at my house. That's awesome!

Julie Musil said...

I eagerly clicked before making sure my comment went through. It's a wicked habit. Anyway, loved the 8 ball!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love your 8 ball! Sounds like I should get me one of those :)

ali said...

Sheesh, your Magic 8 Ball has an attitude problem, doesn't it?

I think yours and mine must be brothers, or sisters (or whatever) because mine has an attitude too. I never get any sympathy or any real answers from it. Stupid thing.

Medeia Sharif said...

Your magic 8 ball seems to be on target and full of wisdom.

Lisa K. said...

I want one of those Writers' Magic 8 balls too, except I'd like all the messages on mine to say "Eat Chocolate & Ask Again Later" :-D

Stephanie Thornton said...

Hehehe... I don't need one of these- I already procrastinate enough as it is. Mine would constantly tell me to go read a book and eat chocolate. Preferably chocolate cake.

Yummm...

Vatche said...

A Writing Magic 8 Ball, what an interesting concept. I wonder if they sell any at Borders or on Amazon...Hmm...cool post, I'm off to go check now.

Write on!

Francine said...

Hi,

No more complications in my life, please. I'm all for slapping myself to get on with it - writing that is!

Hee hee, AWARDS! Another at my blog for you to pick up = Romance Writer Award. I've been told it's soooo cute! And it's only answer one question and post on to only one other romance writer.

There's another award too for picking up but it has strict criteria attached to qualify for it.

best
F

Cindy Shortt said...

I totally understand the desire... For a while I cut out my horoscope daily and tried to find writing direction within the generic post. Maybe I shouldn't admit that?
:)

 
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