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Thursday, July 12, 2007

TT 13 things I realized while wearing blinders


I took some time off from blogging and even when I did pop on for a quick post. It was brief and I did little surfing among my blogging buddies. I consider this period of time as the time I "put my blinders on". As my first TT after my hiatus, I thought it would be interesting to share 13 things I learned (or was reminded of) when I wore my blinders.

1. If you remove the creative stimulation that you are used to and hope to call it on a whim... you will be lucky to find it hiding in the corner of your mind, shivering from disuse.

2. If you think that removing some of your small obsessions will allow you to get more accomplished on bigger life matters, like finally cleaning the basement, or organizing the garage; you will just find yourself finding new small obsessions.

3. Stepping away from things you enjoy (just for you) to give yourself more time for other things doesn't work. There is no more free time. Ever.

4. No matter how quick you are, how smart, or how well you adapt; as you get older it is darn hard to learn new things about crap that doesn't interest you.

5. Two words: Semiconductor Industry (see #4)

6. I really like playing in photoshop (see #2) except that I feel like a dummy trying to figure it out.

7. Project Playlist is awesome.

8. If you want to do someting. You need to do it. Stop thinking about it.

9. My children are growing up faster than I can keep up with them. So I won't stress about it. (yeah right, delusion #1)

10. Delusions and denial are sometimes needed to keep yourself from drowning.

11. I really like Last Comic Standing.

12. If I never hear another word about Britney Spears it will be too soon.

13. You are never too old to try new things, and you've never been away too long from the things you love to return to them.

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22 Comments:

Blogger JAM said...

I really identified with your list. I struggle with some of these very things.

I often wonder if I should quit blogging and do more ________, _____, or _______, but I think I intuitively know that you're right about simply finding other obsessions.

Plus, all of my life, I've had to write with pen on paper. I couldn't write fiction by typing it into the computer. But after my first 8 or 9 months of blogging, I tried again, and found that I could now magically write fiction on computer, which is a great help in correcting and rewriting.

I also have found that, like carrying a camera all the time, forces me to be more observant of the world around me, blogging keeps my imagination humming, which is also good for my fiction.

I use Photoshop Elements, but I'm quite addicted. Whichever you use, Elements like me, or the "real" photoshop, do yourself a favor and save your sanity at the same time. FIND A BOOK WRITTEN BY SCOTT KELBY ON WHICHEVER VERSION YOU'RE USING. I'M DEAD SERIOUS.

Scott Kelby's book on Elements 4 had me doing stuff and repairing old family photos that just blew people's minds. Mr. Kelby is the king of Elements and Photoshop.

I liked your list.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous ancsweetnsassygal said...

I really like your TT list, but I have to admit #12 and 13 are my favorites. Glad to see you back in TT. Happy Thursday!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous I Was Born2Cree8 said...

That's quite the interesting list.

Have a great day.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Glad you're back.
My TT was 13 Dave Barry gems, and you know what? I like your gems better. Much more applicable to my life.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Christine d'Abo said...

I'm glad you're back too. I get so easily distracted these days it's crazy.

And I love Last Comic Standing. I didn't realize it was back on already! Going to have to get caught up.

8:01 AM  
Blogger heather said...

i think #13 should say: You are never too old to try new things (except in the case of #5), and...

=) i can't tell you how many times i've seen posting for writing jobs in that field, and i ALWAYS pass them down because i know i'd go nuts with boredom.

good list though!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

2. Does this mean I should just not clean??!

3. VERY true!

4. OMG it's ALWAYS been that way for me

8. hear, hear

10. Denial is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there ;-)

13. Hear, HEAR!!!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Tell Janet she should hire someone to clean.

I'm just glad you're back. I've missed you.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Oh yeah. We all need time at Hotel Da'Nile.

Love number thirteen. The only problem is there are so many new things to do....

9:21 AM  
Blogger ERiCA said...

Great TT! I agree with so much of that.

(Sorry am not commenting on the HP posts. Book is on my desk waiting to be read and I'm trying like mad to avoid spoilers. *g)

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