Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Woodpecker or Writer?

Today I’m sitting in my desk chair at my computer feeling quite grumpy about everything ... and nothing. One of those days.

And I see a woodpecker swoop in and begin pecking at a big birch stump outside my window. I watch it for awhile.

My mind wanders to this comparison:

woodpecker: bashes away at wood to make holes in which to find bugs to eat
writer: bashes away at keyboard to make stories to sell so as to obtain crumbs to eat

woodpecker: perhaps does not find reward in every hole it bashes but keeps bashing anyway
writer: not likely to get reward for every story it bashes out but keeps bashing anyway

woodpecker: has thick skull so brain can withstand prolonged impact and continue to direct bird to pursue lifestyle of bashing away on wood, even when pulling up worms or foraging for seeds might seem to be a more sensible choice
writer: has thick skull so brain cannot easily be dissuaded from pursuing lifestyle of bashing away at keyboard, even when flipping burgers might seem to be a more sensible choice


[my head bashes keyboard, nicely amalgamating the two lifestyle choices outlined above]


Malcolm Robertson said...

Thanks for the witty post... hilarious!

Lizann Flatt said...
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Lizann Flatt said...

Thanks, Malcolm. Paraphrasing some famous song, If I couldn't laugh I would go insane. :>

And that was me who totally messed up and had to delete my comment above. Sheesh!

Rebecca said...

Funny! Thanks for the chuckles.

Brian Cretney said...

Here's one more...

Woodpecker: Does what it does because that's what it was made to do.

Writer: Well, you can figure this one out (except in cases of excessive head-bashing).

TerryLynnJohnson said...

can't help but cheer up after a post like that!

Lizann Flatt said...

Appreciate knowing my grump gave some chuckles. Funny, Brian!

Thanks guys. :>

Lisa King said...

Malcolm told me about your post so I had to check it out ! My love of writing enables me to appreciate this post as well....check out the US IN MUSKOKA blog to see more pics of Malcolm and I !

Lisa King said...
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Lizann Flatt said...

Thanks, Lisa (and Malcolm). I'll check out the blog you mention. Enjoy the bashing, er, writing process!

Jenn Jilks said...

Why have we not met?! I shall have to add you to my Muskoka bloggers list.

Love the WP analogy!
Thanks for the tip re: Baysville coffee.

Thank you for visiting My Muskoka !

Lizann Flatt said...

Jenn, probably we've not met because I don't get out much. ;> Or rather I don't get out much unless I'm carting my kids here and there and everywhere. Thanks for stopping in, and here's to meeting one day soon.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

thanks for the follow :)

Carmela Martino said...

Too funny.