Belly dancing and writer’s block

Having a bit of a block these days. Hesitate to even call it “writer’s block” ’cause it’s more like a lull than a block. But I can’t seem to get motivated to produce any new stuff. I’m re-working old things that I thought had potential but didn’t quite pan out the way I wanted them to, but I’m not actually putting down new plots and story ideas. Glurg.

I’ve noticed that I do tend to write in fits and starts. I hammer out a bunch of stories in a short time frame, spend the next chunk of time re-writing, revising, and assembling submission packets for them, and then I have a lull where I don’t create much.

Argh. So much for a steady level of productivity. It’s annoying is what it is.

And now for something completely different:

Starting a new belly dance session today. Taken just about the whole summer off from it. I suspect I shall be quite sore tomorrow.

I’ve been dwelling on this for a while, but I’m going to quit the troupe. This hiatus has pretty much kept me out of recent troupe events, but I realized that I just don’t have the time for it. When all’s said and done, dancing is a lovely hobby for me, but nothing more. After husband, Hobkin, and writing, priority-wise, it takes bottom rung. So, while I’ll continue taking classes for now, I’m going to bow out of the troupe.

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4 Responses to Belly dancing and writer’s block

  1. 🙂

    I wish it were that easy for me.

    When I was asked to join troupe I was told ‘if you can’t be with us for a long time, please don’t start”.

    Well, since it’s my dream and all, there was no question..but I think of the what if’s…like my kids getting really sick, or ME getting really sick etc etc…I realize how guilty I will feel if my LIFE gets in the way of troupe, and I think that’s sad, lol.

    Got my priorities screwed up! But I’m doing what I always wanted and will enjoy it as long as I can.

    I admire you for doing what YOU need to do. Good luck! Enjoy the dance for what it is to you 🙂

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: 🙂

      Everyone’s got different priorities! Dancing is way more a part of your life than it is in mine. I mean I love doing it, but I’m just not willing to sacrifice other parts of my life for it, which puts it kinda low on the scale of things-I-can’t-give-up.

      There’s also the director of the troupe. I think she plays favorites, and is motivated primarily by finances. She’s had several girls quit her troupe in the last year and I can see why. She’s a greedy control freak. Not to mention that on the scale of dance teachers I’ve had (of which I’ve had plenty since I started dancing when I was three), she’s one of the worst. She’s a decent dancer, but she sucks goats on the instruction side of things.

      I’ve stuck with her for this long because of the troupe. I’m going back this session to see if I don’t enjoy her classes more without the troupe thing hanging over my head. If I don’t, I may start looking for a new instructor too . . .

      The sucky thing is, she’s a fairly well-connected person in the dance scene. So I didn’t want to get on her bad side. But now, I’ve realized that I just don’t care. Sigh.

  2. mouseferatu says:

    Learn somethin’ new every day…

    Wow. Maybe I’m just oblivious, or maybe you haven’t mentioned it in a while, but I had no idea you were involved in belly dancing.

    George has been doing it for a few years now, and she loves it. In fact, that was one of the few real downsides to moving to Austin, that she had to leave the class and troupe she really liked. She’s found one here, but it’s not as good, not quite as much fun, and their performance opportunities suck. (Apparently, the dance scene is a lot more competitive and money-oriented here than it is in Houston.)

    No point to any of this, just commenting. 🙂

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Learn somethin’ new every day…

      It’s probably that I haven’t mentioned it in a long while. I went on a brief hiatus, sitting a session out when I knew I’d have to miss a couple weeks in a six-week session. My instructor doesn’t do make-up classes and it didn’t make sense to me to pay for six classes knowing I was only going to make four. And then we got Hobkin, and the day I was planning on starting up again, I was met at the door by a baby animal who was just absolutely overjoyed that I was home at last, and I didn’t have the heart to leave him to go to dance class. And then the session after that, I knew I was going to miss another two weeks (traveling + other obligation) so skipped out on that one. All told, I’ve been out of the belly dance loop for the whole summer. It hasn’t figured greatly in my LJ . . .

      Although I think we have mentioned this in passing ’cause I knew George belly danced. I love dancing. I’ve been doing one form of dance or another since I was three. But I was never serious about it, the way I’m serious about my writing.

      Sigh. There are just not enough hours in the day.

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