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Apr. 10th, 2017

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My darlings,

I've been reading Terri Windling's blog for a while now, and with her recent site overhaul, I've been combing the newly organized archives with enthusiasm. So you're likely to see it referenced a lot. (I don't think you'll mind.)

In her essay, "The Rituals of Approach" she talks about those who can dive right into their creating each day, and those who inch themselves into the mindset. She says,

"For me, the slow circling of my writing desk in the morning isn't one of avoidance (though it can be, on a bad day, if I'm not careful), it's simply part of my transition from the everyday world into the cold, clear pool of my imagination."

She details how she starts with a walk with the dog, then puts on the music, cleans the studio, reads a few pages of something off her shelves, pours herself some coffee, writes a post for her blog to warm up her writing muscles... and then, finally, she gets to her writing or drawing or whatever her major project is for the day.

I used to be someone who could dive right in--who tumbled from the bed to the desk and get straight to it. I used to be baffled by other creators' long lists of tasks before they finally got to the work, and thought if only they just dove straight into the cold water of creation, it would be easier and more efficient. It looked too much like procrastination.

But then, I suppose I changed. I didn't notice it for a long time. Maybe it's because there is more crowding my mind. Maybe it's because it's less easy to ignore the bellows of rest of the world. But that transition period from the real world to the world of my imagination does take longer for me, and I think it may be time to try to work with the change, rather than against it.

And, I think for the moment, I will try to do "morning letters" as warm ups to limber up my fingers and brain, because it feels right. And the time or times when it stops feeling right, I won't.

Have a beautiful day X

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