Can’t Brain 2: The Can’t-Brainening

Actually, today it’s not that I didn’t have brain capability, it’s just that it didn’t last past about 1:30pm. I could actually feel my brain shutting down! It was amazing.

Anyway, how are you today?

43 Comments on “Can’t Brain 2: The Can’t-Brainening”

  1. Too many tours, book signings, conventions, reading books, commenting on books, etc. Your brain needs a rest and it is telling you this.

  2. There’s a Daily Cryptogram website, pretty self-explanatory. I’m on their mailing list, so they send me a new cryptogram every morning. Usually I can solve them in less than two minutes. Sometimes, like today, my brain just goes “Eh, maybe not,” and it takes me multiple tries, over multiple hours. I did eventually solve today’s puzzle, there have been times (very rare) I’ve just said “Aw, fuck it, not today.” When I get the next day’s puzzle (which includes the solution for the previous day), I feel like an idiot for not figuring out the previous day’s puzzle.

  3. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M.A. Kropp

    We spent the majority of the day dealing with a blocked septic pipe. Not only can I not brain, I am not sure I can anything right now. I shall drink. And worry about braining tomorrow.

  4. Yuck. Thought it was a stomach bug, now they tell me this afternoon it is a gall stone. Oh how wonderful… Thanks Gall. How can you get stoned and leave me in pain??? That’s not right.

  5. Katherine Jay – Katherine Jay was born and raised in England before fleeing to Canada, where she lives in a wind-swept house with two cats and too many books. In her spare time, she reads, writes, and watches good SFF and terrible disaster movies. She can be found on Twitter @stompydragons.
    Katherine Jay

    My brain stopped around five hours ago. Work only finished two hours ago…

  6. Spent my day with the brain intensive activity of a detailed billing breakdown (Architectural, Consultants, Expenses, Additional Services, etc.) January – July for a high end Client who I am not at liberty to name (but whose initials are GWL). May the force be with me.

    Time to lubricate the brain cells with mass quantities of alcohol :-\

  7. As a reward for putting on real clothes and completing errands, I stopped at the Goodwill book store and picked up five books everyone else has read but I never got around to reading. Not a bad day.

  8. Scalzi: I noticed in the sidebar that you claim always to have pronounced “Voldemort” correctly. I’m not on Twitter, so I’m using this space to inform you that you’re not supposed to pronounce “Voldemort” at all! What part of “He Whose Name Must Not Be Pronounced” did you fail to grasp?

  9. My head has been filled with paste all week; any brainening I have done has not managed to slosh its way forth from the mire.

  10. Went to work, and got stuck in the far parking spaces. I could brain once we located a desk chair for the new office, but after walking and working hard, I can’t.

    But this not-braining feels like I did something

  11. I’m doing okay…trying to hold off before I start your next book. I read them too quickly! Good stories are like that for me…wonderfully swift energies.

    Having a brain shut down can come from overload and I could see with your brain is creating (all these new universes & great stories) it might have temporarily run out of energy.

  12. ennnnnnnnnnnnngh….

    Can’t brain, don’t wanna brain. Just wanna get done with the sinus infection, ear infection, and metformin and amoxicillin fighting a war for control of my guts… as in who gets to make me feel bloated and gassy for the next few hours.


  13. Braining didn’t happen in the morning, although it thought it might. But it was wrong…again…Had lunch meeting and braining was mediocre but acceptable until near the end when their brain and mine succumbed to post-prandial nonbrain. Then went to the Library and brained my way through a large chunk of a major project! This brain thing is either random or I’m random…randomly….

  14. I heard you read in San Francisco. You could see signs of the debraining; just slightly crispy around the edges. Great to see you.

  15. I am actually really good. I have been sick, so I am a little uncomfortable, but I have been having major breakthroughs in my mental health, and I am having a great time actually rebuilding my dating life. I may not be able to brain -except under certain conditions- but right now, braining would just get in the way.

  16. John Samuel – Australia – An anime fan from the dim, dark, days of synopses and fifth generation VHS copies. I write a range of reviews at "Pirates of the Burley Griffin", check the blog for more.
    John Samuel

    The thing that ate my brain yesterday? Ate it again today at work but I have faint hope of the task being completed soon.

    Tomorrow it is Saturday and I shall recover with GATE & Ushio And Tora.

  17. isabelcooper – Boston, MA – I'm Izzy. I write stuff: mostly vaguely fantasy stuff, and most notably the following books: Hickey of the Beast, published March 2011 by Candlemark and Gleam Romance novels from Sourcebooks: No Proper Lady Lessons After Dark Legend of the Highland Dragon The Highland Dragon's Lady Night of the Highland Dragon Highland Dragon Warrior Highland Dragon Rebel Highland Dragon Master I also like video games, ballroom dancing, and various geeky hobbies like LARPing. I have been known to voluntarily purchase and eat circus peanuts. Like, a whole bag at once.

    Workin’ for the weekend. Trying to neither despair nor be too optimistic about social stuff; trying to decide whether $500 RenFaire boots are a reasonable investment, if they’re supposed to last for years but I tend to go through normal boots in six to eight months because, I don’t know, my feet generate some kind of entropic field.

    Deep thoughts, y’know?

  18. In all fairness, I’m still drinking my morning tea, so I can’t actually be expected to be brainening yet.
    Plus I’m retired. So I only use my brain for entertainment purposes.

  19. I should probably be panicking about the event I’m vending at tomorrow. Instead, I’m having a lazy breakfast & watching WWE. (Sales were so slow at my last con that everything is pretty much packed & ready to go in the car as it is.) I expect I’ll wake up at 3 am and then panic. No rush.

  20. Brain left town. Substituted “mind,” which has a problem with something called “body.” Am comprehensively thoughtless…

    …until coffee. And then five minutes after coffee. And then mind tries to locate brain’s communication signal. And then mind resumes fog. Nice puffy fluffy fog…

  21. Starting to regret upgrading to Win10. Lost a working file yesterday when I went to save it and Excel froze. Poof, the file was gone. Backup was 2 months old and I had to rebuild the missing data. After that, my brain was well fried.

  22. lonotter – Ron's wife, Robin's Mom, Eowyn & Elrond's human. Chief Everything Officer for Otter Necessities. Knitter & weaver, with sides of spinning, kumihimo, and other stringy hobbies. Compulsive reader & bibliophile, including e-books. Geek, typophile, text-design hoppeful, and more I've probably forgotten.

    I couldn’t brain because of doctor-prescribed Zoloft plus Xanax. But that meant I couldn’t stress about getting two crowns, so not-braiding for the win! Also, we went to Reptile Rapture in Madison, WI, and admired lots of nifty snakes and one followed me home and now I has a little bit of sad because I had to go to work instead of staying home and watching snakes and suffering beagle attacks (slurp slurp snuggle snuggle).

  23. So, change the line at the top of the blog to “I will show you the life of the mind”, and now 2 straight days of “Can’t Brain”. Seems like the life of the mind is kind of slow these days, or maybe the life has gone out of the mind? Or, I have gone out of my mind, or something like that.

  24. @orangemike: It’ll have to come out then.

    @DIgitalAtheist: I can only recommend lots and lots of simethicone. Will reduce the gas some.

    I did not brain enough for dinner. In my defense, it is very hot and thus I am obeying the adage about getting out of the kitchen.

    Doesn’t look like braining is going to happen again today. Either the heat has caused it to liquefy or I should be checking if it was stolen by evil aliens.

  25. Another retiree here: the brain only comes on for special events. Did get to the gym today though, so I’ve muscled some…

  26. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt – New Jersey, USA – I write. And I blog. And I love every minute of it. Some day I will be known by the single name - Liebja (lee-ebb-jah), which, as far as I know, I invented when I was 14. A long time ago. My debut novel is now available on Amazon - Pride's Children: PURGATORY. First of a mainstream love story trilogy.
    Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    Welcome to my world – only you’re describing EVERY day.

    It is perfectly possible, nay desirable, to write anyway.

    If we waited until we felt like it…

  27. Remove any devices you attached to yourself recently, reinstall Windows and restart. If the problem persists you may need more RAM.

  28. John Samuel – Australia – An anime fan from the dim, dark, days of synopses and fifth generation VHS copies. I write a range of reviews at "Pirates of the Burley Griffin", check the blog for more.
    John Samuel

    Pretty good for a Sunday morning actually. I’m about to watch and review some classic 80s anime (Dirty Pair), and I just found an utterly hilarious Japanese ad for World of Tanks. Ads don’t get funnier than this. | Pirates of the Burley Griffin

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