I cannot write another dashing headline.
Cannot type another amusing or clever or exciting word. (Even if it’s only amusing or clever or exciting in my own mind…)
Someone pushed the “pause” button and everything creative simply screeched to a halt.
This happens with creativity, as you all know.
It will be painting for a hundred days in a row and suddenly the artist can’t lift her paintbrush.
It will be sketching drawing after drawing and suddenly the pencil quits moving.
It will be knitting scarf after sweater after hat after mitten and suddenly the knitting needles stop clicking and sit silently in the closet.
Creativity has a mind of its own.
We must listen to its unfathomable desires.
I’ve been playing wildly with creativity–not taking a blogging break longer than two days–since December. Took a break of 3-4 days in December. Took another break way back in October for a similar length.
A brief respite, a pause, a silence, a regeneration.
We insist upon these in our blogging contracts.
Some people insist upon them with much more regularity and consistency.
It’s been super busy here at Lake Superior Spirit since the Freshly Pressed incident three weeks ago. This Monday, 551 viewers paused to watch my mother stuck in the elevator. On a normal day since this auspicious blogging event, between 300-500 visit. It’s been a huge increase for this blog. The other times this blog has been featured, visitors rushed in, but usually rushed out equally quickly and did not stay. I must admit to courting the newcomers this time, urging creativity not to disappear, c’mon horse, a little faster, can you run faster, feel the wind in our hair, let’s gallop through the meadow!
I love it…I love writing entertaining stories…but am also getting a wee bit tired of attempting to amuse folks. How long can you keep galloping fast? It simply has to stop. You also must trot slowly, breathing deep, admiring the wild roses growing beside the pasture. (Although, truly, I write funny blogs because they make me laugh. I am always amazed to discover humorous sentences coming out of the typing fingers because I don’t think of myself as a necessarily funny person.)
The part of me that is terribly serious and quiet and meditative suddenly arose this week and thought, “Gosh, who can keep writing humorous blogs forever?” and suddenly I’m heading for another blogging respite, a brief break, a few days of regeneration.
Here’s what I am going to do for the next few days:
1) eat ripe red strawberries very slowly. found them at the IGA yesterday and bought them, longing for the taste of summer.
2) walk very very slowly in our slippery icy treacherous driveway. All our snow is melting and it’s dangerous once again.
3) not take photos, unless real mountain lions emerge. not write sentences. not hang out excessively at the computer–except to catch up reading some other poor neglected blogs.
5) bake something. perhaps focaccia. perhaps muffins. make some more granola. simmer soup. stare out the window. perhaps venture out on snowshoes–but only if it gets colder and tightens up. it would be too hard to snowshoe when the snow is so soft that you sink down to china.
6) not share. not be creative. vegetate.
We have to be like the moon at times. You know how the moon fills up with creative energy, spilling her light upon the earth? And then she goes dark, dark, dark, disappearing into nothingness for several days before she emerges lighter, lighter, yes indeed, can you see her, a sliver reappearing?
I am not leaving you so completely, abruptly, without offering you a treat.
Tomorrow a very creative and funny guest blogger will be arriving on Lake Superior Spirit, sharing her zest and heart and amusing words with you. She’s in the full moon of her blogging and I think you will like her very much.
Please welcome her with all your heart, as you always do with guest bloggers who pause on the shores of this lake. I want to hug each and every one of you who will make her feel welcome here.
See you in a few days. See you when the moon creates something new out of nothing…
P.S. If any of you blog subscribers received a notice of another blog “The Great Blogger in the Sky Announceth”…sorry about that. On Sunday I wrote three blogs very quickly, zam, zam, zam, and scheduled them for later publishing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But this morning when I got very tired of humor, decided to write this “Pause” blog instead. Ditched the announcement from the Great Blogger in the Sky. Way too funny (in my strange mind anyway) . But forgot to cancel its publication. Rest assured, the funny blog is trashed; gone. Way too silly to publish. (Even though it would have enticed more readers than the word “Pause”, sigh, sigh.) Great Blogger in the Sky indeed!