At the editor's suggestion, I wrote a short article about spinning motifs in fairy tales for the new magazine Les Bonnes Fees. It'll appear in the first issue, out on June 15. I had fun doing the research and once I got started writing the article I had fun with that too--but gearing up to write an article is my least favorite writing activity.
I don't know why. I used to do a fair bit of article-writing, and in fact the biggest paycheck I've ever received from a piece of writing was for an article. And half the articles I've sold have been to magazines available on the shelves at any given B&N or Borders. Why can't this happen with my fiction?
Anyway, the editor has suggested I do a second article about spinning for the second issue, and of course I'll agree. It'll be fun once I get started on it. But until I start on it, I'll dread the whole thing and I'll complain a lot about it.
Just like I used to do when writing papers for class. Aha.