Are you a “C-c-cl-Clicker”?

ClickerI just found myself doing it again- click, click, then harder, “CLICK”, moving it around a few times as if that would work, Click, click, click really fast, then motioning itin a tiny circle really fast while clicking quickly, then a few lifting of the mouse and tapping it on the surface of the table- Tap, tap, tap, click, click…  No matter what I did, the batteries were dead…

Taking the back off, unloading the now dead batteries, looking at the recharger for the two pair I need charged up for such times…  Suddenly I got thinking to how many of my friends and me included will do the all sorts of funny things to get that last click out of the remote control for the TV, DVD player or stereo…  The wave and lifting up and down the remote while pushing the button over and over…  Then standing up to aim directly, stepping one step closer to click again, Shake it or tap it against the coffee table and try one more time before resolving to those batteries being dead too…

Then as I was loading the new batteries in, got thinking to getting in an elevator, how I have laughed at some people who will push that button repeatedly, as if that little button and repeated pushing is going to make a 3-4+ ton elevator move any quicker…

And when your cell phone dies, we almost always turn it one one last time with just enough juice in it to show the IOS starting to turn on, then that black screen…  How many times to you push your buttons?

Aren’t we humans funny with our trying to get that little bit more, even though we should know the effort spent on elevators, remotes, cell phones and mouse, pushing

buttons and click, click, clicking is just a waisted effort…

Are you a “C-c-cl-Clicker”?

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Do you listen to music when writing?

MusicTypewriterI was doing a bit of writing, and got to thinking what other people do when they write, do you listen to music while you are writing?

If you happen to follow me in Facebook and see a Spotify posting that I am listening to music without song, often classical piano or jazz music- I am probably writing…

The stories of songs bring too many images in my head, I’m dyslexic and see my thoughts as pictures…  To listen to music with words being sung, telling a story I end up seeing too many of those images too, cluttering my own ideas I am attempting to share…

Closing my eyes, I allow the sound and rhythm of the music to tune out the non silence- motor vehicles that drive by the house, the snoring of my two dogs, the sound of the printer, hum of the fan in the computer and the sound of my breath even my heart…  For me this is full focus, the idea as images start growing, the many images of a single idea start to form, like watching the many pieces of an item spinning and flipping into place on a computer generated animation, 3D objects each finding their place in a kind of motion picture that to write, I need to find the words to paint to describe it…

There is no technical writing, I am just not that kind of writing, as I can only find ways to describe the images, story telling to me is the only way…  There are no words spoken that only I hear, unless it is thinking to someone’s writing I read and I know their voice, then I hear their voice as I read…  But this is my own writings, and the only voice I hear is the single word, as I locate the letters on the keyboard for that word, then the next word with my fingers trying to keep up…  Slowly the words like strokes of a paint brush describes the part of the image or moving image I see in my head…  As if to speak as I think, without thinking too much to what I am saying, just describing it as best I can with words like paint…

To watch me type, one would see me intently staring at the keys, my fingers trying to locate the correct keys in what has turned into my way to writing that works for me and I have been practicing for so many years since finding out I was dyslexic and that I also needed to figure out how to write better…

If I am creating visually, I already have the image in my head, and I allow my experience to figure out the how to convey that image…  This I find easy, and enjoy listening to many kinds of music while drawing, painting doing photography or graphic design…  But to write, I need to focus and that means music without song…

Do you listen to music as you write?  If so, what kind?

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