Not just stolen moments

“Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”

— Clarissa Pincola Estes, quoted in DO Quit Your Day Job by Christina F. York

At the end of a tedious day full of tedium, three-hour meetings, a frustrating puppy class, and a lame 45-minutes-lost-forever TV drama, I reach into what’s left of my consciousness just before sleep.

“Create!” I shout silently to my consciousness. “Tell a story, craft a poem, pen some lyrics, scratch out some words of wisdom from the deepest spot you can scratch. Dazzle the world with your wordsmithery.”

The best I can manage, in this stolen moment between waking and dreaming, is to tap my finger on the quote I copied from a book this morning, and say, “What better way to illustrate the point than to live this day in this way?”

Tomorrow, I will make a point to do the art first before surrendering to the routine. 

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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