Friday nights during the month of October are about baking pink glittered brains inside my clay oven until midnight. I fill witch’s cauldrons with sparkling green goo bubbles. What would a witch stall at a market place sell right now? Well, eyeball soup and brains on a silver platter. Everything on an inch scale or smaller for a miniature Halloween.
The clock ticks closer to midnight and I’m glazing my brains and eyeballs. Touching a lump of clay, holding a brush, and typing on my keyboard after a busy week help me unwind the tension of the week. Too much to do and not enough time.
The truth is that most of the pressure I feel is my own fault. I commit to too many projects and deadlines at one time. The way I deal with this self-habit is commit but create things that make me smile or laugh. I’ve stopped wracking my brain and getting stuck on the idea of genius. Sometimes, real genius is keeping things simple.
I’ve also found that small victories and steps I’ve taken have moved me further forward than hoping for some grandiose moment. In order to climb the mountain, you need to focus on the step right in front of you. Prompts and exercises help break down the elements that go into a novel.
Saturday’s Inktober word works well for artists and writers. The for Day #9 is Pressure. Does pressure make a diamond? How do you handle pressure? Did your toilet flush this morning? I had to see if you were paying attention to my words. Let out the steam or “pressure” and work on today’s word.
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