Simple Discoveries

snackWe talk about simple pleasures for better lives — actually, I don’t; the mysterious “they” do — but what about simple discoveries?

Just now, I discovered that a munchilicious snack next to my computer helps me stay seated during the afternoons. (Mornings, I’m fine.) Apparently, shoving food into my mouth waylays restlessness and distractibility.

Obviously, I’m using food as an emotional Band-Aid, but who cares? I’m here, I’m writing, I’m content. (And carrots and hummus are healthy.)

I don’t know why I only discovered this now, years later. I suppose because I’m turning over a New Year’s leaf in one small way: weekly grocery shopping rather than winging it day-to-day. In other words, I actually have decent food in the fridge!

Who knew weekly grocery shopping would improve my writing habits?

What about you, any surprisingly simple discoveries?

SIMPLE PLEASURES | Empty Notebooks

Still on a break, but look what I bought yesterday. Nothing like my brother-in-law’s Ferrari for fabuloso consumerism, but I bet writers out there can relate to this: These old-school notebooks fill me with pleasure and excitement about the near future when I’m not on break anymore, when I’m developing two fiction ideas that have been percolating for awhile (hence, two notebooks), and when I’m getting down-and-dirty with words.

Blank pages don’t scare me; they fill me with anticipation and wonder and the feeling of creativity burbling below the surface. I love empty notebooks! Especially when they’re groovy in a classic or modern or any old way…