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Stuck in That Chair

I get stuck in that chair

There

In front of the screen full

Of words and graphics

And ideas being sucked in and out of me

Leaving me stuck in that chair

There

Too connected to recognize

Time to eat or pee or move

So my hips don’t lock me up

With my whet mind stuck in that chair

There

While the hours slide by

And meals, exercise, and pet play

Planned but not executed until

I manage to get unstuck from that chair

There

In time to accomplish half

What I posted on lists around my screen

To do in too small a window of purpose

Before I’d get stuck back in that chair

There

Again

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What I’m Learning

Today is my fifth day as a part of the #OctWritingChallenge and it’s giving me brain burn.  Not so much because of the 500 word or the one revising hour minimum commitment I accepted, but more because of the challenge of finding time to physically record the thoughts that dash through my mind; during my daily 40 minute commute, the quieter seconds in the halls as I move among classrooms supporting middle school teachers, and even during the near deafening half hour of cafeteria duty.

What I’m learning is that I possess mental compartments that hold thought buoys which indicate what to write when I get the time to write.  These buoys bob within my gray matter for hours or days and, when linked to a trigger word or image, they lead me straight into a sea of words.  At times my net pulls from leagues below, surprising me with deep revelations that open a door to my psyche while enriching my characters.  Then there are those times that I wade gently in the tidal pools looking for lines that contain fragile but enduring energy.

One current project, a historical adult romance novel, challenges me to link what I know to what I research.  The Universe aids me by providing the people and events I need, to allow me to cast my net into my conjured world then pull in sensually evocative moments, recorded during my journey between imagination and manifestation.

These lessons are making me a better writer who is becoming more comfortable sharing the creative and realistic mixtures in my mind while, hopefully, encouraging others to do the same.

My thought for today:  “Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”    Amy Tan

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