Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Discovery of an Interesting and Useful Writing Tool

by Stephanie Abney

I am so overextended with everything right now. It makes me crazy if I think about it and I can’t function if I’m too crazy so I’d really rather not think about it. (Like not thinking about it could help).

Ever had such thoughts? Well, I mean really, there are only about 25 or so actual school days left in which to impart to my students all the things I think we may have missed this year. Hmmm.

I’m taking an AZ Constitution class on Monday nights for six weeks, making for very jam-packed lectures and only two examinations that determine your entire grade and starting this weekend, I’m enrolled in a US Constitution class that runs for two weekends from 5pm – 10pm on Fridays and all day Saturdays, from 8:00am – 6:30pm.

True, it will be nice to be done with 3* credit hours in such a short time (*1 credit for AZ Constitution & 2 credits for US Constitution) but it leaves little time to do or think about anything else. Unless of course, it is all the things I have left undone around the house, or that I still need to do before school is over, or need to do for ANWA or for my family, or my church calling, or for myself, for that matter.

Then there are the myriad of places that I should BE at over the next several weeks (many at the same time so unless I quickly discover the secret to cloning, I have to pick and choose between good and good and good and make up a lot of excuses to people, legitimate of course, but I still need to be excused from being where they thought I was going to be).

And then there are all the marvelous things I was going to write and that I wanted to read and you need to throw in the scriptures and prayer.

Oh yeah, sleeping might help too.

It’s just NUTS!!!

But the crazy thing is (yeah, I guess I actually AM crazy) that I love it. I’d rather be busy any day. I thrive on lots of things to do. It fires up my brain. It also makes for lots of undone things as well. I “roll well with the punches.” Such skills are great for the unexpected, but they are hardly the way to plan a life. I think I let too many “other things” plan my life. “Random” comes to mind. And I am rambling right now…

I should have posted this hours ago (well, maybe not THIS, but something), because whoever is next will be on time with their post and then hardly anyone will read this and if you’ve made it this far, you may be questioning WHY you are even reading it at all, which brings me to my unexpected discovery. (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).

I’ve tumbled all sorts of ideas and feelings around in my brain off and on throughout the day, thinking as soon as I get done with this… or that… I’ll sit down and write my blog post for ANWA Founders. Well, it’s after 10pm in AZ and I’m just about to the end of this. I thought of SO many things, that I was coming up blank so I Googled: “writing prompts” and found a writing prompt GENERATOR. So, I give it to you as a gift for having endured this bizarre post and hope you find it as useful as I did, clicking on it over and over again to see what presented itself:

http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/imagination.prompt.html

Enjoy and good night. I’m going to get some sleep. Love and Blessings to all.

4 comments:

  1. Well Stephanie it is that time of year but I did get through it and liked the gift at the end.

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  2. What a fun ride through your mind for a few crazy moments. I love that you are always so optimistic, and funny through it all and you just keep on going! After your classes and school is out, I hope you sleep for a week!

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  3. I love you so much! You always make me smile. I loved spending the day with you at the conference. This post is real and a glimmer into your mind...
    I know I've been feeling that way this week - and I'm NOT doing all the things you do. Nice to know we aren't alone!
    And I loved the prompt you linked, it was fun. I wonder how many times before it starts repeating?
    Hang in there...I know you will.
    ~Krista

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  4. A girl after my own heart. I hear you loud and clear. Yeah for you!

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