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-when you're in an important lecture in a room small enough that the prof can easily notice what you're doing

-when you're exhausted and you've just started to relax enough to fall asleep, and your notebook's across the room

-when you're squished in the middle of a concert crowd, so that you'd have to poke about half a dozen people to get to your bag for pen and paper

-when you're driving to work and you left a little late, so if you make a stop you'll be really late

-when you've just stepped into the shower and started to soap up your hair


Okay, I don't have ten (and those probably aren't the top ones, either)--maybe some of you can add to the list. But those above are all from my life in the last seven days.

You know it's been too long since you worked on a story when every stray thought or comment turns into prose.

Just one more essay to go...



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Mar. 27th, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)
I hate it when I just settle down into bed and all of a sudden my mind gets flooded with all these ideas. Being too lazy to get out of bed once I get into it, I end up tossing and turning while watching these snippets of little stories playing like a movie behind my closed eyes. Eventually, I fall into a restless slumber, grateful that I have decent recall in the morning. (so far)
Mar. 28th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm fortunate enough to have a pretty good memory for those sorts of things, too. I used to keep a notebook right beside my bed (somewhat harder now that my bed's a loft), and the trouble with writing middle-of-the-night brainstorms was I was lucky to be able to decipher my handwriting come morning.
Mar. 30th, 2003 05:28 am (UTC)
I doubt I'd be able to read anything I scribbled while half asleep. Guess I could keep an old typewriter or maybe a tape recorder by the bed cause that might work. :-)
Mar. 30th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC)
*imagines what her half-asleep idea recording would sound like*

"mumble mumble and then mumble she mumble mumble just the way it breaks in mumble mumble mumble"

I've thought about the recorder thing for in the car and stuff but the thing is a) I hate the sound of my voice and b) I don't process things very well auditorally (is that a word?) so it's probably more effective just to wait until I can write it down. (Seriously, I was the sort of person who got A+s on the written tests in French class and Cs on the listening ones. :P)

I've also heard it suggested that you put a waterproof marker board of sorts in the shower enclosure, but I think the rest of my family would find that just a little too weird.
Mar. 30th, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
LOL I know exactly what you mean. I'm not much of a talker so if I woke up in the middle of the night, I'd probably just growl at the tape recorder and go right back to sleep.
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