The Inherent Value of Pissing and Moaning

pissing and moaningYou’ve heard me – I’ve been bitching about writer’s block. You haven’t seen shit from me in over a week and yeah – I’m sorry. Life is brilliant and complicated all at once and with work, two books to write, a holiday weekend and a move this coming Tuesday away from Crack Town back to a more manageable ghetto, I’ve been a bit preoccupied. Yesterday you blasted me on the Facebook page to just sit down and write – well, let me tell you…it’s a lot easier to sit and stream episodes of Archer from Netflix than it is to generate something of grave import.

So I sat down and thought about the value of pissing and moaning. Turns out there’s some awesome stuff in there. Let me share.

  • Solicited advice: Pissing and moaning generally yields a metric ass ton of solicited advice. With all of the unsolicited advice we get during our days, it’s kinda nice to be a whiny little bitch on occasion and find people who are genuinely trying to help you with your Private Pyle-style major malfunction.
  • Repetition: Pissing and moaning is nothing if it’s not repetitive. When you do something over and over again, one of two things is going to happen. You can become brilliant at pissing and moaning and fall in love with the sound of your own nasal whine, or you can realize it’s time to stop that shit and get moving (and lower your voice an octave or two). Odds are you’re going to settle on the latter as opposed to the former of those two or your friends/colleagues will stage an intervention and tell you that if you keep it up, a throttlin’ is comin’ yer way.
  • It’s semi-relaxing: Pissing and moaning takes little effort. As a result, you find time to do other things that require little effort. You can sort your silverware drawer, realize what a journalistic wasteland MSNBC is, fold laundry and take pictures of your dog. You can also catch up on mid-day naps when you should be working. I may or may not have done all of those things this week.
  • Impending rash of productivity: By wasting your time pissing and moaning, you really have no choice but to become a productive sonofabitch in the days that follow. Why? Because you’re behind and suddenly facing deadlines that were two months away and are now two days or two weeks away. The shit you can get done immediately following a pissing and moaning phase is astronomical. As a matter of fact, this redeeming quality alone might prove to be the most significant of the four I’ve listed. Pissing and moaning GETS SHIT DONE…just not immediately.

So, here’s where I say I’m done with the pissing and moaning and I tell you that my latest column is up at Entrepreneur Magazine. Stop by, have a read and share your thoughts. I’m lucky to have a voice on this outlet and would love to hear your thoughts. This month, I’m talking shit about bloggers who turn off their comments along with anonymous commentators (which y’all know I don’t tolerate).

From me to you and yours,have a kickass holiday weekend if you’re in the States. If you’re across the pond, you could probably give a shit that we’re about to celebrate our break from oppressive British rule. On a side note, the British kept the best swear words on the face of the planet (like “fuckall” and “bugger” and we got stuck with “motherfucker”). Whatever the weekend brings you, RedheadWriting will be back next Tuesday full of piss, vinegar and all the stuff you love – and less of the stuff that doesn’t do anyone any good. I, for one, am delighted to discover the inherent value of pissing and moaning. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have until noon to wrap shit up and get the hell out of dodge. I’m going downhill mountain biking for the first time ever up in Winter park this weekend and apparently it’s something that requires full body armor. Be afraid, readers. Very afraid.

36 comments
Craig Casey
Craig Casey

pissing is a popular human function.  Moaning is a response to pain (or pleasure).  Both have value.

Cherry
Cherry

Reds, here's unsolicited advice or fyi - when I clicked over to your Ent. column and hit the tweet button the name of the article comes up with ampersands and lots of extra garbage making title very hard to read or the tweeter has to clean it up. I don't know if there's something the mag can do about that but wanted to let you know. I don't find pissing and moaning relaxing. For me, it's just the opposite and I end up more wired than I was before I complained. Cherry

Bizkap
Bizkap

Another fine piece Red. I like the bitching if the problem is real, as long the Bitcher eventually follows the advice of the Bitchee. Bitch>Listen>Act

Tom
Tom

Off Topic. Look a baby fur seal....Ca-Caw!!! Ca-Caw!!!

Shad Boots
Shad Boots

For those who are writers, you can always turn your pissing and moaning into articles.  Kind of like this one. Ask any fiction writer where a certain plot came from and I can guarantee you that most of the time, it's something they were pissing and moaning about. Heartbreak? Check. Relationship? Double check. Some sort of depression? Been there, done that. Death, disease and mayhem? Yes, yes, and more please. I believe it was Kafka who couldn't write until life became so unbearable that he couldn't not write. ______________________ As with another commenter or two: I'm new to the scene, just found your blog (loved the presentation), and thought I'd introduce myself by commenting. So, hello.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

It's an art form; just enough to be noticed but not too much to be a repellent. I'll go check out the article and try not to be anonymous. Good luck w/ the move; I didn't know Denver had 'hoods...............:)

Al Smith
Al Smith

Once again, some awesome shit from you, Red.  Luv your writing.  Good luck on the bike ! Happy 4th ! Al

Dorian
Dorian

You're awesome. Glad I found your blog.

KarmaOfDove
KarmaOfDove

This post is the wind beneath my wings :-)

Sherree W.
Sherree W.

Ok, for the record, you were not blasted on Facebook, you were "gently" prodded. Glad to see it worked.   Totally agree, pissing and moaning does seem to light a fire under you and all of sudden you get things done. Glad it worked for you! Off to read your column in Ent Mag.  Have a great 4th.

Gerry Wieder
Gerry Wieder

You are a scream, Erika! Would you be my private business guru(ess)?

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson

Excellent post.  Love the honesty and the fresh perspective.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Why, thanks much there, April. Appreciate you stopping by both of my 'hoods today! You're welcome.

April Johnson
April Johnson

As always, I so enjoy reading your rantings - uh, writing!  You are so refreshing - and honest!  (Loved your post over @EntMagazine too!)   Thank you!

Tom
Tom

Don't worry. I'll pick the safe lines. Plus, you'll have more hard plastic and carbon protection on than a NASCAR driver.

Annie Sisk
Annie Sisk

I'm with Brandon and I'm half-saddened to find nothing of the kind. (Does that count as pissing and moaning?) Naw, just joshing. I'm going to go bitch at the betta fish. Seems safe enough. (Though not sure how helpful the advice I'll get in return would be ...)

Brandon Yanofsky
Brandon Yanofsky

Leave it to you Erika to turn pissing and moaning into a good thing. Lol. Btw, I was half expecting this to become some weird sexual fetish post.

Sonia Rumzi
Sonia Rumzi

Keep pissing and moaning! Still love you lots! Write when you want, it will come. :)

Ed Mahoney
Ed Mahoney

Winder Park sounds fun. I'll be hiking segments 8 and 9 of the Colorado Trail from Copper to somewhere west of Leadville.  Requires snowshoes and GPS waypoints.  And sunscreen.

D.T. Pennington
D.T. Pennington

Crack-ghettos aint for everyone.   I rather dig it, the air is a little different up here north of the MLK

Matthew Moffatt
Matthew Moffatt

I'd rather someone bitch and moan than go extreme on a killing spree, agree?

The Redhead
The Redhead

Welcome to the 'hood, Shad - glad to have you. Sooooo, hello back atcha!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thankya thankya and glad to have ya!

The Redhead
The Redhead

I'm calling it blasted. *whistles* ;)

The Redhead
The Redhead

LOL...I don't really rent out by the hour but I'm sure we can work something out :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

"Safe." Such a relative term...hope I don't "miss a jump." #insidejoke

The Redhead
The Redhead

You tell that fish what's what, Annie!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thanks, lady - hoping for an end in the near future. I gots shit to do!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Ed, that sounds just awesome. If you post pics on FB, share the link on my wall, willya? Stay safe and avoid the flood zones.

The Redhead
The Redhead

you're right. I belong in another 'hood.

The Redhead
The Redhead

explain to me how this is even relevant...

Annie Sisk
Annie Sisk

Damn thing can't even keep its own bowl clean?! I mean WTF is that happy horseshit?   OK, I think I'm done now. Back to work!

Brandon Yanofsky
Brandon Yanofsky

I think you need to show us the unedited version also. Like the unrated DVD versions of movies.