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January 18th, 2002

Ahhhh... :)

Many writers have a creative ritual they go through to get things started, and I think I've found mine, at least for the time being. On Monday, Wendnesday, and Friday, for the past two weeks, I've driven Laurie in to work so I can have the car, then headed over to a local Starbucks that's adjacent to a Barnes & Noble, taking my draft notebooks with me.

I get myself a [flavor syrup I feel like today] mocha, a chocolate croissant if I've missed breakfast, sit down, and start putting together my draft strips. Being away from home takes away all sorts of distractions (say, for instance, chat programs, message boards, and my livejournal ;) ) -- but being in the presence of books and other creative works, inspires me to write (or, in the case of draft strips, draw). I do 2 NN strips, 2 SJ strips, and *boom*, I'm ahead of the game.

The only drawback, is that this is a time-consuming activity, at least an hour and often two -- so it's not something I'm going to be able to do once I have a job again. I'm going to miss it, badly.

Theoretically, Laurie and I could live on just her income -- I suppose I could mooch off of her to delay the inevitable for a while; but I feel like such a leech as it is. :P It's going to take years for my creative work to actually pay something approaching a livable income -- and mind you, I don't have what I would consider to be expensive tastes.

I couldn't use this little ritual for actual "text-based" writing, so to speak ... I definitely need a computer for that. But for creating draft strips, so far I've found nothing better. So until the job comes around again, I'm going to take advantage of the time I have to do it!

-The Gneech

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