Words … And words are all I have!

I had a huge list of ideas to work on and weave stories out of, during my morning walk earlier today.

Why is that the ideas have to strike me at the worst of times? Have you ever noticed they come visiting only when you are at a dinner party with the most chatty person in the adjoining chair or in the elevator when the boss is discussing that all-important career-altering project. Each time nothing is available to be able to jot down the ideas, nor is it feasible to take notes. Imagine using a lip gloss to scribble with on a dinner napkin! Or trying to set up a calendar entry on your smartphone using one hand, while you balance those files with another when all you can think of is how to switch apps and get into notepad. The waiter will spill a drink on your napkin or the guest on your other side would knock over his while trying to reach for the fish fingers. The elevator would screech to a halt because of a power failure, so you can’t get off and rush to your desk either. Smartphone to the rescue, I would probably get another mind-blowing idea – to pretend making another calendar entry while actually typing the outline  in Evernote even as the boss continues his never-ending instructions. Unfortunately, like all gadgets in my life, my phone also has a mind and will of its own and in most likelihood, would refuse to even start up, sending me into an absolute frenzy. Realizing the world conspires against me and nothing will work at just that moment, I may decide to take a deep breath and would start forming the sentences in my mind while desperately trying to memorize them like the periodic table. Since it’s a brain wave, it won’t last for more than the length of a sentence. I would be safe in assuming that I would remember it until I have pen and paper. One or two sentences are easy to recall, right? Wrong! The world has set out to annihilate me.

And so, this morning it’s not a brain wave but a fricking tsunami of thoughts! That’s when I give in to the higher powers and let the thoughts flow. Deep in thought, I walk back home. Words rushing through my mind like the hurricane winds. As excited as a long lost puppy who has just returned home to its owner, I hop and skip and run to my desk, only to realize that my pen is lost somewhere. Like the phone, the laptop also refuses to start. Finally, it comes to life from its hibernating sleep, and excitedly starts up the last used program. I Gotta Feeling blares out from the speakers, causing all words to float away into oblivion like wisps of smoke.

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I sit on my chair and resignedly look up at those higher powers that have a bone to pick with me. I tell myself to grab the moment and make the best use of it. I get up and start swaying to the music, believing in it and desperately hoping that the feeling is true and the words make an appearance again and truly make it a good night for me.

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  • impossiblebebong
    Posted at 13:29h, 09 November Reply

    you write wonderfully. Easy to follow, read like a train with enough doses of wit and humor. Love it!

  • Samc95xc
    Posted at 13:55h, 09 November Reply

    “Unfortunately, like all gadgets in my life, my phone also has a mind and will of its own and will refuse to even start up, sending me into an absolute frenzy. Realizing the world conspires against me and nothing will work at just that moment, I will decide to take a deep breath and start forming the sentences in my mind.”
    So true mate!
    Same thing happens to me tooo! But you penned it so well!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 14:23h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks 🙂 Appreciate the positive feedback.

  • emily
    Posted at 14:50h, 09 November Reply

    I think it’s the curse of the writer, and it happens to all of us. I really don’t see why we should let life distract us from our blogs, do you? perhaps we should start ‘Blogs Anonymous?’

  • izabolinha
    Posted at 03:45h, 12 November Reply

    I am glad to know that this happens to so many of us and not only to this “bubbly-headed Turtle” , and I liked the way you wrote about it. And now you made me want to listen to the Bee Gees – Words 😉
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 04:02h, 12 November Reply

      now you made me want to listen to the Bee Gees – Words 😉

      Mission Accomplished! Yay!! 😀

  • Kim Richardson
    Posted at 11:47h, 06 March Reply

    I have this problem too 🙂 I can practically have the whole thing “written” out in my mind and then … Bam! It’s gone once the computer is on.

  • Sonia
    Posted at 11:56h, 06 March Reply

    Ideas do flash at the oddest moments, and when I finally have time to give them a shape, I feel I just don’t have the energy to do so.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 12:09h, 06 March Reply

      Happens to me too. After an extremely long day, I hit the bed at 03:00 a.m., just when I’m about to doze off…. BAM!!! 😀 Have lost many ideas just because I am too tired to get up at that moment. Come morning, and no recollection of what it was. 😀

  • Soul Gifts
    Posted at 12:26h, 06 March Reply

    Ever thought of using pen and paper 🙂 I keep a pad by my bedside and in my handbag. Sometimes it’s quicker that way. Old fashioned, know. If all else fail I scribble some quick cues on the back of my hand 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 12:32h, 06 March Reply

      😀 If only the light switches were that close…. 😀

      • Soul Gifts
        Posted at 12:34h, 06 March Reply

        Lol, I’ve been known to write in the dark ! The trick is to decipher the hieroglyphics in the morning!

        • Wandering Soul
          Posted at 12:37h, 06 March Reply

          😀 Now that calls for some special skills 😀

  • Dr Meg Sorick
    Posted at 14:09h, 06 March Reply

    Ideas hit me at the most inappropriate times, too! I can’t tell you how many times I sneaked out my phone and typed in a few lines!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 14:12h, 06 March Reply

      Imagine what would have happened had you been a surgeon?! You’re elbow deep in a patient’s heart and ….. BAM!!! 😉 😀

  • Judy Martin
    Posted at 16:54h, 06 March Reply

    How frustrating it is when everything conspires against us! Still, you wrote a lovely post about it, even if it wasn’t what you had originally intended! 🙂

  • what sandra thinks
    Posted at 13:12h, 07 March Reply

    Ahhh! For me it is always in the shower. And no matter how hard I try, I always lose most of it. If no one is home, I have run out naked and dripping wet to write stuff down before I forget. But can’t do that if the kids are home!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 13:30h, 07 March Reply

      I’m sure someone else in your home would love that though, especially since all the steamy stories were written with him in mind 😛 😀

  • Honeylemon
    Posted at 07:21h, 22 March Reply

    On reading this title, I am confused if it is mine or yours! Is it a coincidence that i too have written a post with the exact same title! Although the content is different..word is the most common denominator for writers I guess..

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