So I had a reply all cued up, but a random sneeze destroyed it…
So I’ll attempt to summarize.
I put in a lot of non-vocal music, with the tempo varied depending on the type of mood I’m trying to set. I’m currently a part timer, but I’m eligible (even requested) to pick up extra time when the workload increases. Due to life’s wacky schedule, this usually happens in 6 hour blocks. (getting kids to and from school, getting wife to and from work, resolving my grandparents’ estate, maintaining my own home, tackling the never ending car repairs, doing the never ever ending laundry, etc. During my “free” time, I write, listen to music, try to work wood, try to work leather, and occasionally read.)
I’m fortunate that work has bits of scrap paper that print up with almost every job that comes off the printer. These are definitely handy; I jot notes or quick blurbs down on them while I’m at work. I’ve found bullets at the beginning are essential and helpful, since in my haste I tend to ignore straight lines. I’ve got several tucked into the back pocket, and both inner pockets of the jacket. I also always carry at least one pen on me at all times. (results of a Boy Scout upbringing) The scary ones are the times I’ve had a thought while driving. I do my absolute best to hold on to that thought until I get to a red light, but I have caught myself writing down a thought while slowly cruising down a side street with no traffic at least twice.
now, if only this effort will pay off… hopefully I’ll finish something, so someone will be able to read it one day.