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August 31, 2006

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Erica

"A few minutes a day?" Wonder what blogs that person reads. Takes me about an hour, minimum to write up a review, and about another 20 minutes to find 80% of the typos. :-)

...but that's not what I wanted to say. What I wanted to tell you was this:
http://www.amazon.com/Peripheral-Visions-Learning-along-Way/dp/0060926309/sr=8-1/qid=1157113136/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-4062026-2366227?ie=UTF8&s=books

"Peripheral; Visions: Learning along the Way" by Mary Catherine Bateson. You NEED to read this book!

Let's just say that I no longer worry that I create distractions for myself when I "sit down to write." In fact, I now understand that those distractions are part of my creative process.

Typically, I "write" in my head when I'm too busy or distracted to sit down and type. I tell the scenes to the wife, I tell them to myself as I lay in bed not sleeping. Eventually, when I have time and energy, the are almost fully formed as I get them down in print. So to write a 6-page "issue" of Saiyuu no Ryouko might take me an hour of typing, but it took me weeks of "writing" - all while I did something else. :-)

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