Archive for January 24th, 2012

24th January
written by amber

The Blank Page

I have issues with the blank page. It’s not what you think – I’m not a blocked writer. I’m someone who sees a blank page wherever I look.

A novel – nothing but white pages. The phone book – same thing. Even the letter that I just wrote to my mother (who is too old-fashioned for email) – I can’t see a word that I wrote. But I’ll send it anyhow, because I know my writing is really there. I just can’t see it.

This started a couple of weeks ago, and yes – I have been to a doctor. I’ve had an MRI and a CAT scan – and nothing showed up. And now I have an appointment with a psychiatrist. Eight months from now. On the scale of mental problems, this is pretty low.

But I’ll manage.

If I can’t read, I’ll watch television. If I can’t see the newspaper, I’ll listen to the radio. Work will be more difficult. Email has been outlawed in our office, it’s all memos now, which to me are so many yellow pieces of paper. But the woman at the next desk has been kind enough to agree to read the memos to me. I told her I was waiting for my new bifocals, and I couldn’t get the memos in focus.

At least I can still read things on my com



The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line or topic suggestions in the Comment section of any story. If you’d like me to use your name in a story, I’d be happy to do that.

Thanks to Karen Stroebel for suggesting this first line.