And now, for your reading pleasure, this month's Insecure Writers Support Group! Not many read my little blog, but the ones who do usually come from the support group. I also get a chance once a month to read other people's blogs. To all the automated bots and confused Croatians that stumble across my page, you should check out Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog. He leads a ninja army will rule the internet someday soon.
Ah, February. A short month of cold days, and home to the holidays I don't like. March was know for it's blizzards where I grew up, so Groundhog Day and it's weather predictions never made sense. President's Week meant the invasion of rich out-of-staters with too much money and not enough patience. It was good if you worked at the ski resorts they frequented, or any of the other winter jobs that depended on their business, but you would think that people on vacation would be friendly and more relaxed. Meh. So it goes.
It seems almost worthless to complain about that other holiday that February is know for. Really, wait a week. The internet will remind you of all the single people and the couples that exist in the world. It is the best time of the year to read the "Seeking" ads. Subtlety disappears this time of year and those ads get hilarious.
Insecurities, right. I'm feeling great right now, thanks to an increase in Vitamin D. The sun is staying out longer these days, and it fills my brain with plans. I start thinking about what I want to do over the coming months, and all the good days spent outside. They tell me an increase in exercise, activity, and brain games helps increase the neurological functions and creativity. Now that I'm getting back into the swing of posting, I could use all the help I can get when it comes to being creative. On top of my usual math and science habits, I'm working on a new language. How about you? What do you do to keep your brain active and young?
Laziness causes the brain and the body to become squishy. Man, when was the last time I read a good book? How a bad one? As always, I feel like I hit a wall, and can't write anything worthwhile. The best way to get over that is to write something down and force yourself thourgh it. Something will come along that works.
Do you want some advice about how to keep it together when the world is falling apart? If you just keeping joking, just keep laughing, and do all the puzzles you can while you sit in your bathrobe, then you'll do fine. The key to writing your short stories, scientific papers, or the grocery list is to just turn off your brain for just one moment and let your fingers talk for you. Let them talk about heat, pressure, and fried chicken. Let them explain the formulas that hide behind the graphics of the world. Listen to the typing noise as they write songs, poetry, and prose. Your brain only stops you by over-analyzing the world around you. It stops you from going forward. In that 2 seconds you stopped to think, the world just moved. To all of my readers, imaginary, real, or just simply complex, the only secret I can tell you today, the first Wednesday in a short month, is to turn your mind off and to just write the words at your fingertips.