Sunday, November 22, 2009

Poetry Train Monday - 128 - I Won't Back Down

As I mentioned last week, I'll be using song lyrics for the remainder of November for the Poetry Train, due to my writing marathon for NaNoWriMo.

This week was even more desperate than last week.

Last week, when I asked Eugene Hutz to help me out, I thought the Blue Meanies had done with their conspiracy to shake my resolve. My glasses had already fallen apart at the bridge as I was typing away on my NaNo novel. I was without glasses for three days. But did I miss work? No. Did I stop writing? No. Could I see anything? No.

I could even ignore the fact that I felt like absolute crap. I only had to work Mon. and Tues., had my birthday off work for Remembrance Day, worked on Thurs. and had Fri. off (my every-three-weeks earned-day-off.) That's a three-day-weekend for lots of word-count accumulation, right?


The flu knocked me out cold. Flattened. Steamrollered. I crawled into work on Mon., but from Tues. on I stayed home. I slept. And slept. And slept. And slept. Fell down the stairs, too, in there somewhere. Very, very dizzy. No writing at all for two entire days. Zero additions to my word count. NaNo kept on. I didn't.

Did I ever mention I come from a long line of Extremely Stubborn Acadians?

This week I'll let these lyrics explain my state of mind, as I haul myself back into my seat at the computer. Help me out, Tom.

Photo by Karl Walter

I Won't Back Down

Well I won't back down
No, I won't back down
You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down

Gonna stand my ground
Won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground

And I won't back down

Hey, baby
There ain't no easy way out
I will stand my ground
And I won't back down

Well, I know what's right
I got just one life
In a world that just keeps pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground

And I won't back down

- Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, 1989

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Wylie Kinson said...

Oh Julia - you had it BAD, girl! Hope you're all better now. And a very good song choice, indeed, for your poetry train.

Keep rockin' those nano words... and for heaven's sake - hold the railing!! ;)

deepteshpoetry said...

Followed u up from the poetry train.Truly rocking indeed I must say!Chk my post for the train as well.

BK said...

Get well soon from your flu. Have a blessed week ahead.

annalarssonphotography said...

I really hope you'll get better soon Julia!

That's a great song - love it!

Shelley Munro said...

Wow, you've had a bad week, haven't you? I hope you feel better soon.

I like those song lyrics. Perfect! :)

Sepiru Chris said...

Work on, rock on, and bang that story out. You made me pick up my guitar. No typing for me, now... Hopefully parity will award you the characters and words I was to have typed.

Good luck in your nanowrimoing.


gautami tripathy said...

I love the song!

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