Today, I took inventory. I still have towels I “borrowed” from my parents ages ago. Still. Have. Their. Towels. I still have spoons I uh liberated from my undergrad dorm over a century ago. Still. Have. Their. Spoons. I still have some of the old dishes that a friend gave me when she bought herself another set of china. Still. Have. Her. Dishes (at least the ones I haven’t broken; some are chipped though).
Still have some of my mom’s old clothes. Still have a friend’s mom’s old clothes. Still have my old broken VCR. You get the idea. I have a lot of old things.
After awhile, you grow used to the old stuff. Like furniture. You barely notice it’s there. (And yes, I have someone’s old couch.)
In my inventory, I realize I’ve been coasting on some old ideas about the blog and about writing in general. I look at my stories and see some of the same old phrases and techniques I’ve been using for years. And some of those techniques were inspired by those of other writers. It’s like borrowing spoons from school again. Also the blog, though I’ve only been at this since February, could stand some new ideas.
It’s time for me to rediscover the joy of writing. I hope a change of scenery will help. Thanks to the kindness of a friend, tomorrow I’m heading off to beautiful Sundance, Utah for some R & R & W—retreatin’ and rechargin’ and writin’. I’ll be there all week, soaking up that mountain air. Mmmm. Mountain air. My first vacation in a looooooonnnng time.
Hopefully, I’ll have scenery pix to show. And a new mindset. Oh yeah. Maybe when I get back, I’ll toss out that VCR.
How about you? Have you ever felt as if you were coasting on fumes and old ideas? What did you do to regain a fresh perspective?
Old man from all-free-download.com. Spoon from pachd.com. Gas can from awdirect.com.