My attention is so fragmented right now. My Bean finally learned to walk last month, and while she is not yet running, she is climbing. On the couch, on the coffee table, on anything that will help her get to anything higher, and on the dining room chairs if we leave them pulled out.
We had fallen into a nice groove, she and I, where I could tell what she was doing in another room by the sounds I could hear. That allowed me to sit at the dining room table and she could just range around the house without my direct intervention. But now no room is safe unless I'm in it. And I'm not even totally confident of that.
My writing time has been scarce. My pre-writing planning that usually happens outside of my childcare hours while I'm just doing my day-to-day stuff has been wiped out by the necessity of being totally hands on with this toddler while she learns the ins and outs of gravity from a new perspective. I'm trying to capture fragments of thoughts as they flit by and my notebooks are getting filled with random notes and scrawled messages that I may or may not be able to decipher later.
A month or so ago I read some summer exercises for writers at SheWrites. It included the suggestion to utilize lists. One example was to make a list of fears to overcome.
Since it seems that all I'm writing right now are lists, I started thinking about how to turn that into an exercise instead of an annoyance. What kinds of lists would be interesting to create. Here are a few I thought of:
- A list of things that make me come alive (can you get to 100?).
- A list of things I want to learn.
- A list of things to let go of (physically or emotionally).
- A list of places to visit.
- A list of people I miss.
- A list of people who think I'm awesome (useful to have on a bad day).
- A list of risks I want to take.
- A list of favorite foods.
- A list of things I can do in 5 minutes to relax.
- A list of things summer sounds and smells.
- A list of holiday memories.
- A list of travel memories.
- A list of things I want to research and write about.
- A list of stories I want to tell.
- A list of people who inspire me.
What lists do you keep? What lists would you like to keep?