Every Single Day, Reprise

Do you know what, my friends?

Fifteen minutes is a long damn time.

In fifteen minutes, I can write infinitely more than I can write in zero minutes.

It also turns out that fifteen minutes feels much, much longer than zero minutes. I think I’m pretty deeply habituated to the kind of useless multitasking that all the journalists are chirping about lately. The first few times I did the fifteen minute practice again, I peeked at the timer after what seemed like an intense, long period of concentration, and found out that an entire minute and a half had elapsed. Evidence that I need this practice even more than I thought.

I’m toying with the idea of a media fast of some sort, too. Years ago, in my lithe and focused mid-twenties, I started reading The Artist’s Way. I was all about the morning pages, but when I got to the chapter requiring a fast from media (specifically reading, if I remember right) it started to seem like quackery, and I quit.

I think now that back then, without so much internet, I hadn’t yet begun to abuse reading to the point where I needed to press the reset button. Right now, I’m pretty convinced I need a break.

We’re going canoeing for three days in a couple of weeks. That’ll be a good start.

Meanwhile, in the hottest, most humid week of the year, I’m grateful for my sweet, cool basement writing space and for the will to stay there.

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One thought on “Every Single Day, Reprise

  1. ah-the idea of a media fast is so intriguing. Especially as I sit here reading blogs and facebook while I am supposed to be using this very limited work time I have to finish developing my class this fall! Arrgh. Media fast. Hmmm.

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