The Thursday Three #22

  1. This post on Invisible Ink got me thinking about the Humans of New York project. If you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out. It’s so interesting to read blurbs about others’ lives to see how different, and yet how similar, we all are. How would you distill your life, your goals, your past into 100 words and a photograph?
  2. I have been trying to bring more silence into my life, but my attempts have been unsuccessful. I have basically given up all music except classical and Gregorian chant. My workplace is often eerily quiet, except for the keyboards clicking and phones ringing. But other things have still come in to fill the silence: my own anxious thoughts and talk radio. Both have yet to drive me insane. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up fast. My plan (although this may change) is to write a 25,000-word outline of my next story. That’s roughly 500 words per scene, if I write a 60-scene outline (which I normally do). I’m hoping that I can get to know my characters better; the major holdup I’m having with this story is that my characters are strangers (to each other and to me).

I hope everyone has had a good week!

9 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #22

  1. When we reintroduce silence into our lives the experience is often the same as what you described. Nature abhors a vacuum and all kinds of things rush in to fill that void. But eventually, and with patience, you will be able to adjust. I used to live a VERY noise-filled and loud life. And in many ways I still do. But once I began to focus on quiet and silence I discovered that not only did I not want to return to the noisiness of my past, but I couldn’t.

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    • I’m very slowly making progress. My life used to be a lot more noisy, and there are still times when I wish those days would come again, but then I try to remember that I’m better off in the silence.

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  2. Good luck with #2, I don’t cope very well with silence at work. My computer freezes a lot and if I don’t have something in my ears I just get too frustrated. To each their own! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Silence is very important, and there doesn’t seem to be as much of it around as there used to be. You have to seek it out — whereas it used to be just the default.

    I do wear headphones at work, but that’s to drown out everything else so I can concentrate.

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    • That’s why I worry about too many people coming to live in my area; it’s gotten too loud and too crowded lately. Silence is harder and harder to come by.

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  4. Oftentimes, I cannot work unless there’s silence. I’m way too easily distracted, and I’m not sure if that has to do with growing up in a very quiet house. As in, I grew up with no tv, mostly classical music, and such. If there’s a tv or a radio on, I cannot read or write. I even prefer painting in quiet. My focusing skills have gotten better over the years, but they are far from where I’d like them to be. I am so jealous of my husband: he could be sitting in the middle of a moshpit and be completely absorbed in writing, reading, or whatever he’s got his mind on. How does he do that!

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  5. It struck me that Camp NaNo is right around the corner too! Are you going to join a cabin, Maggie? Maybe we can put one together and encourage each other all April. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Yes, it would be nice to do the cabin thing; I haven’t done it before and encouragement is always nice! My username on NaNo is “dr1nk1ngm3rcury” (a relic from my college emo days).

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