The wind is back today, though it’s died down for the moment. I’m hoping to take my writing work outside today. Like with a pad and pen. “Old school.” I could use a break from staring at a screen all day. Plus, it helps to get me away from distractions, like checking email and social media. And I can just let the words fly instead of worrying about what page I’m on or formatting issues.
Working in the back yard gives me the opportunity to enjoy the progress I’ve been making there over the last few months. I’ve cleared out weeds, filled flower beds and potted succulents on the deck. It’s a quiet place to work, minus recess and lunch time at the nearby elementary school and the periodic tossing of a pine cone from a squirrel in an adjacent tree.
I’ve been needing more sleep as of late, which is just annoying. I’ve been crawling out of bed an hour, hour and a half after I usually do, which means by the time I slide on my slippers, I could have already gotten my workout in and perhaps even my morning pages.
The book I’m reading right now is Zadie Smith’s NW. It’s not the best thing to read before bed. Not because of the content, but because you have to really focus when you read her work. She writes choppy. One, two word sentences. And yet, her words are descriptive and honestly not ones you would find in an elementary spelling test. My eyes end up drooping after a couple of pages. Still, I recommend picking it up.
Earlier this week, I signed up for Stanford’s free online class, A Crash Course on Creativity, which is taught by Tina Seelig. It starts next week and runs through June. Check it out!