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Thursday, February 05, 2004
The Brain-Purge
I need to unclutter my brain. Seriously. As my wife can certainly attest, my mind tends to wander. Sometimes, when she’s talking to me, I lose focus on what she’s saying and have to be “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’d back to reality. And when I’m at band practice, I’ll often go into “cruise control” and plan a grocery trip or a ‘blog entry . . . while I’m playing a song.

But the thing that really bothers me is when I’m not doing anything that requires heavy attention (like showering or driving) and I’m thinking about my CD collection or what I’m going to wear that day. These are the parts of the day that I need to be dwelling on more creative issues. And maybe this is my problem.

Isn’t there some kind of setting for that? Couldn’t I just switch my brain to the “three poems I’m currently writing” selection? Or the “photography project that I need to start in the next month” selection? How about the “hey, I’m writing a novel . . . should I have the heroine go shopping or continue blowing the minister?” selection?

Y’know, that last choice could really put an end to creative thoughts in the shower.