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Flowchart Friday: Writer’s Block Edition

Brenna Clarke Gray

Staff Writer

Part muppet and part college faculty member, Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature while simultaneously holding two cats named Chaucer and Swift. It's a juggling act. Raised in small-town Ontario, Brenna has since been transported by school to the Atlantic provinces and by work to the Vancouver area, where she now lives with her stylish cyclist/webgeek husband and the aforementioned cats. When not posing by day as a forserious academic, she can be found painting her nails and watching Degrassi (through the critical lens of awesomeness). She posts about graphic narratives at Graphixia, and occasionally she remembers to update her own blog, Not That Kind of Doctor. Blog: Not That Kind of Doctor Twitter: @brennacgray

Brenna Clarke Gray

Staff Writer

Part muppet and part college faculty member, Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature while simultaneously holding two cats named Chaucer and Swift. It's a juggling act. Raised in small-town Ontario, Brenna has since been transported by school to the Atlantic provinces and by work to the Vancouver area, where she now lives with her stylish cyclist/webgeek husband and the aforementioned cats. When not posing by day as a forserious academic, she can be found painting her nails and watching Degrassi (through the critical lens of awesomeness). She posts about graphic narratives at Graphixia, and occasionally she remembers to update her own blog, Not That Kind of Doctor. Blog: Not That Kind of Doctor Twitter: @brennacgray

Writer’s Block. Ever had it? It’s a giant bitch.

Some people say deadlines shake them out of writer’s block. Those people are also giant bitches.

You may not think someone who makes flowcharts for not-a-living would be susceptible to writer’s block, given that there’s very little writing involved, typically.  But you would be wrong. This week I was staring down the barrel of Flowchart Friday thinking very seriously about outsourcing flowchart making to some company in Korea for pennies on the dollar.  Like how they animate The Simpsons or write Dan Brown novels.

Instead, I made you a choose-your-own-adventure flowchart. It’s the cop-out of the flowchart community (there isn’t really one because it would just be me staring at the computer screen and praying for the sweet release of a coma). But it made me giggle!

Hey, if you have ideas for next week, hit me up in the comments. I’ll even give you a virtual high-five.

(Plus, it’s like Friday or whatever.  Go pretend to work for a few more hours and it’ll be Friday night.  How bad can any blog post be in this context?)