Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gettin' Artsy Fartsy

I've always considered myself artsy-fartsy. Art, opera, classical music--heck, music, period--poetry, open mic nights, musicals, plays. If it features artists doin' their thing, I'm on board. In fact, this is one of the many, many things I loved about my bonus-kid (that's stepson but, like, way cooler) Matthew. Ever since he was little, I called him my artsy-fartsy child, because he loved to color, draw, play his drums, and if a music awards show was coming on--no matter the genre--you could find him parked right in front of the television, lovin' every minute of every performance and award distributed.

So, when YA author Kiera Cass (The Selection) challenged her readers and fellow writers to spice up their laptops, I thought, "Why not?" Heaven knows I could use some major inspiration, and my laptop deserves a bit o' love, considering it's just plain and black and usually boasts more fingerprints than a crime lab.

So, here's what I came up with:

It's actually a lot like Kiera's, but with different colors. Honestly, I'm glad I did it, because it kind of dotted the i's on my mission. And that is to get back into writing ASAP, lest I grow to accustomed to long stretches of time off.

Not that this leave of absence could be helped, mind. But I digress.

Next up? Create a storyboard complete with pictures, phrases, whatever helps keep my focus on this novel.  The flip side of the board I intend to use for slapping Post-Its scribbled with plot points.

Have you ever taken a considerable amount of time away from something you've deemed important? What steps did you take to get yourself back into the groove?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,


Andrew Leon said...

You make me want a laptop again.

Alyssia Kirkhart said...

When my husband bought me a laptop, admittedly, I got a little ticked. I mean, we couldn't afford it and I was doing just fine typing on my trusty ol' PC. Now, I have no idea how I lived without it. Kind of like cell phones, I guess. Remember when no one had a cell phone, but maybe your one rich friend? And,really, all he had was the bag phone in his car.

Andrew Leon said...

We don't actually have cell phones, either.

I did used to have a laptop, but it was a bad experience. It spent most of its life as a paperweight because Dell couldn't replace its video card.

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