Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

8 May



You sit there exhausted. You spent the last twenty-hours cramming for an astronomy final exam that you desperately need to pass and now you’re supposed to be writing a comparative literature paper on One-Hundred Years of Solitude. You’re tired and unfocused.

You sit there staring at a blank screen. You slept well. You ate well. You exercised. But your writer’s block consumes you. You remain unfocused.

For the third night in a row your kid posts a fever of 102. You slept a total of seven hours in three days. You look like death. You log on to write on your blog but sleep deprivation overpowers your mind. You’re thoughts are unfocused.

You’re in the middle of a great short story. The words are flowing so well that you know you’ll finish the chapter by tonight. The phone rings. You get up to answer it and stub your toe on the wooden chair.  Your toe nail is lost, and you’re in excruciating pain. You return to your chair and stare at the computer screen. Your toe is throbbing. You lost it. You’re unfocused.

He passes by your cubicle for the third time that day. You’re mesmerized by his Matt Bomer good looks. You melt as he smiles and says hello to you for the first time in nine months. You stare at the computer screen. You forgot your own name. You’re on cloud nine. You’re unfocused.


9 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene May 9, 2012 at 12:15 AM #

    You come back home from a weekend away, camera full of fabulous photographs of exotic things like elephants in the street, hidden valleys and flowering forests. What an interesting and beautifully illustrated post you’ll be able to do today. You open up the computer to download your photos and just check your email, to find there are close on 700 unanswered messages and google is demanding hard drive space to accommodate them. The ideas for that sparkling post drain away like water down the sink, and you stare at that inbox, unfocused. 🙂

  2. annefreemanimages May 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM #

    Terrific narrative! Are you a writer?


    • The Guat May 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM #

      Yes … a starving one 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the post. Always good to see you around.

      • annefreemanimages May 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM #

        I thought you might be a writer. Very nice job. I hope that a full course meal is just around the corner for you …


  3. island traveler May 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM #

    I was totally drawn into your moment of “unfocused” event. Beautiful words that irresistibly moves the reader to engage and relate. I had my final once in medicine, 2 days without sleep. Just adrenaline, red bull and tons of coffee. I passed but almost left my books on top of my moving car as I exited the school’s gate.

    • The Guat May 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM #

      Books on top of a car … ha! Definitely sounds like a sleep-deprived college student 🙂 I used to do it on something called Jolt Soda … 🙂

  4. eof737 May 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

    Nice job! 🙂

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