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Friday, 4.29.05: Perspiration & Inspiration

On Tuesday I was doing word games with myself about "Lucy's" zoo experience. On Wednesday I was considering the fallacy that "getting organized" opens the doors to creativity.

It is Friday and I've come to a conclusion that I've arrived at before: the best method for getting the stream of so-called creativity flowing is to keep my butt in the chair and my fingers moving. No TV, no radio.

I sat here and hacked, hacked, hacked down the interview with our zoo Board member. I picked away at adding words to Lucy's commentary. A word here, a word there. When I was stuck I got out my recorder and microphone and laid it on my bed, ready to transform Susan into Lucy. (The bedroom is my sound studio -- no humming equipment, lots of books and wall hangings to absorb sound for the desirable "dry" recording.) So when the words looked ready, I jumped up and did the recording. Once the recording was done, mechanics took over -- not much inspiration needed to get the recording into my computer and initiate the editing and "sweetening" process. With my two voice tracks ready, then I could begin another creative process -- trying to find music bits compatible with the voices.

So, in a week without Vision, I still made progress.

Thomas Edison said, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." I've lived long enough to know I ain't no genius, but every once in a while I do find that a massive dose of "perspiration" bumps me over the threshold into something that appears inspired.


Thomas Edison also said, "There is no substitute for hard work."


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