A visual meditation on art and procrastination

What happens, first, is that she is staring at this:

mjc-this is a blank screen

… for what feels like hours, and then, she finally turns her head, and stares at this:

mjc-storyboard captioned

… and the thing is, it’s all there but why won’t it fucking come out?

She eats chocolate (do you see the evidence?).

She should go for a walk. She should call a lover. She should do laundry.

She should at least get up, for five minutes, stretch her legs. Stand up and bang her head against a wall literally rather than metaphorically.

She gets up. And, oh. She looks at this:


Oh. She sees something she looks at every day that she’s never seen before.

She lets words go, and starts to play with pictures. Images. There’s a slideshow whirring in her head, and she chases images. In this moment, it’s much easier than chasing words, because she wants the words to be GOOD–and that’s paralyzing her–and she doesn’t care what the pictures are, she just wants to catch them.

Snap, snap. Alter. Crop. Tighten. Ha. Look:

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Oh, I’m not done yet. This is the point at which procrastination ends and art starts. It’s actually about this one:

mjc-pile of books and things Cap

All the pieces of me, scattered. But, together. Like in my storyboard…

You: Um, did’ya notice you just switched your narrator from third person to first person?

Me: Hush. There is always reason to my madness.

And I do all sorts of things with it, and it does all sorts of things with me, and I forget about the BLANK screen and the storyboard from hell and my aching eyes-back-and-head and I play, play, play.

I let myself get silly. I make a collage:

mjc-work play love

Angst recedes. I whirl. I text a lover. No words. Just a picture. Of my storyboard, which is, to my mind, much more naked than the most seductive posed selfie.

In a perfectly crafted fictional narrative, the next and final sentence would be, “I write.” I don’t. I read some poetry instead. But it feeds me. My own words will come out… tomorrow.


About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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