Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Seeing the skies with bleary eyes

The view outside my house yesterday at 1:30 pm.  We had a nasty thunderstorm roll in, and the skies went very dark for over an hour.

It is only 11 am and I am already approaching burn out for the day. It is possible I overdid it yesterday. I am leaving for youth conference for 3 days later this week, and I'm trying to get everything done in advance. I worked about 18 straight hours yesterday- all in front of my computer. Can you blame me for residual bleary-eyes? Today isn't looking much better either.

I won't complain and say how hard my life or job is. We all have lives that require attention.

One of the unique parts of my job is just how much of my work I have to create. I'm learning "writing" as a profession can be quite frustrating at times. It is hard to come up with unique and creative work in your 17th hour of typing. Today I have taken the advice of many advice books, and I have changed my surroundings. Instead of working in my usual 2 spots (my bedroom and the family room), I have moved downstairs into a room I almost never go into. I should have done this ages ago. This couch is far more comfortable than where I sit upstairs! "They" claim that changing your surroundings can help trigger different parts of creativity. I hope they are right, because I could really use some new creativity today. Later today I may venture over to the library as well. (I'm intentionally not going over until after morning little kid storytime. Nothing like a herd of small stampeding elephants to keep a library quiet.)

Interesting fact- remember how as kids food and drink were absolutely BANNED in the library? And we were taught that only naughty little children would even consider touching a library book while drinking or eating? Get this- our library has a coffee shop in it. My inner child's mind is blown.


  1. Old Chinese people, I am told, will go sit in fancy banks or the lobbies of nice restaurants to "soak up the energy" of the place to bring some of that energy or luck into their lives. Maybe you could go visit a place known for turning out writers to do the same/get even more inspiration.

  2. It is funny you should say that.
    Today I was thinking about the place I first felt inspired to write a book. It was in 1999, at the "Little Sheep Shop" in Oxford, England. There are many great legends about how Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland there. And many more legends about other creative types that frequented the pub.
    If you have ever wondered if Lewis Carroll was on something when he wrote those books, the answers are not hard to find in that very odd little place.
    It practically screams LSD.


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