Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Guest blogging at Southern Fried Chicas

The blog tour makes its first post-publication stop today at Southern Fried Chicas, where I discuss the concept of "brainspace" (I think I made this word up). Basically, how do writers settle into "the zone," what interferes with it, and how to tell if distractions are getting the best of you.

I'm giving away a signed copy of Wicked Game to one commenter. You have until noon Eastern time tomorrow to comment (EDITED TO ADD: on the SFC blog itself, not here), so let's hear your strategies for conquering the Enemies of Brainspace! How do you resist the internet, television, and other things that clutter up your mind?

Also, my final answers to the intriguing questions at Fallen Angels blog are up. Find out something shocking about me, where I got the idea for the playlists, and more!

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Probably disqualified, 'cause it's just past 2 p.m. (I work nights ... a little latitude, if you please ... ) ... ahem ... The "Zone"?

Most easily entered during the hours between just before dusk and just before dawn, or during rainstorms. Particularly the all day variety of rain that permits windows to be slightly open, letting in not only the cleansing aromas, but that "white noise" peculiar to such days. An espresso helps here, otherwise, a nap is almost certainly imminent. But don't overdo the caffeine. Find a balance.

Unplug the phone.

The correct music ... something that begins a thought, or a memory, then fades into a suitable, non-interruptive backdrop for wherever one's imagination decides to arrive and rest a bit, taking in the scenery.

And memories.

"And it is not yet enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the immense patience to wait until they return. For the memories themselves are not important. Only when they have changed onto our very blood, into glance and gesture, and are nameless, no longer to be distinguished from ourselves -- only then ... " ~ R.M. Rilke, quoted without permission.

Posted by: Blogger Wayne at 5/14/2008 2:28 PM

Hi Wayne,

Great ideas! Very wise indeed.

You're not too late--you have until 2PM tomorrow (that's Thursday). But you do need to post your comment over there at the SFC blog to qualify for the drawing. So I hope you'll consider copying and pasting your suggestions.


Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/14/2008 4:37 PM

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