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Poorly-timed inspiration

This afternoon I spent a couple of hours working in the backyard – pulling weeds, picking up trash, and sweeping the walk. The whole time I was out there, reveling in the somewhat contradictory combination of physical exertion and the peaceful stillness of a warm spring afternoon, my brain was percolating with thoughts and reflections and so many, many ideas of things I want to write.

When I was finished outdoors and sat down in front of my computer to convert those ponderings into words, however, all I could think about was moving my tired (and rather grubby) self and my deliciously-aching muscles into a warm, scented bath where, not surprisingly, further thoughts and reflections and so many, many ideas of things I want to write meandered through my then-relaxed brain.

After my bath, once again in front of the computer, a yawn escaped… my eyelids drooped… and the cosiness of my bed and an afternoon nap with a soft chocolate-brown cat suddenly seemed far more appealing than struggling to translate elusive musings into something concrete. Once again, thoughts and reflections and so many, many ideas of things I want to write whispered softly to my sleepy brain as I drifted off into dreams.

Do you know what would be nice? A personal scribe one could summon at will, genie-like, to quickly and efficiently capture all that brilliance and translate it into words before it is supplanted by a nice hot bath and catnap under the skylights.

Someone get to work on that, would you?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • sandra tyler May 13, 2012

    This happens to me all the time. It helps that I keed my ipad in the kitchen to jot notes. But I’ve also taken to having real paper notebooks around the house, and a little one in my purse — II don’t know if it’s age or becuase I’m perimenopausal or because I have too many people to think about, but stuff goes right out of my head. So I need to write it down then and there. Even in the garden (keep one in your back pocket).
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    • Cameron May 14, 2012

      Absolutely. You can’t ensure it all the time. A piece of paper could be a help in emergency.
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    • Laurel Regan
      May 15, 2012

      The other day I downloaded what looks to be a fabulous app for my iPad – it’s called “Penultimate” and it’s as close to a notebook as it’s possible for an app to be. It even allows you to have multiple notebooks, and to select and move bits you’ve written to different parts of the page. Plus, it’s gorgeous! If you haven’t already seen it, and you use your iPad for taking notes, I highly recommend it. It’s lovely!

      I think I might leave a special “gardening time” notebook (paper!) on the shelf in the garage – easy to access when I’m outside pulling weeds.
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  • Susan
    May 13, 2012

    Oh…I am so there with you. I’ve had ideas percolating in the back of my head for a couple of weeks, but can’t seem to get them translated from my head to the keyboard an onto the computer screen. I’m not worried…I’m going to bed now and tomorrow is another day. Thanks for letting me know that I am not the only one with this problem!
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  • Becky May 14, 2012

    May I borrow your genie when you find one? Thanks!
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  • Classic NYer May 14, 2012

    This happens to me all the time. I’ve written a million songs and poems that I’ve now forgotten because I didn’t have a pen when I thought of them.

    On occasion, if I have a really good idea, I’ll just repeat it to myself over and over again, such that eventually I have to write it down so that I can stop repeating it.
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  • Lou Lou Loves May 15, 2012

    Oh my God, a personal scribe. that is the best idea I have heard in ages…
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  • Jenn May 15, 2012

    I’ve been wanting one of those genie like scribes for years!! LOL!!
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