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Mon, Apr 05 2004

All Chairs Lead To Work

Sitting is one of those things writers do quite often, and sometimes for extended periods of time. So maybe we tend to notice chairs more than the average person because of that. My office chair is suitable most of the time, but I also enjoy a good stretch on a big sectional sofa, and sometimes when writing by hand I prop on the bed with a few pillows and a cup of hot chocolate, and let the mind have a little visit with leisure. The danger of that last one is succumbing to that muse know as The Sandman in the midst of inspiration. Some would argue that being too comfortable in any seat might cause writers to produce less material. But there's the matter of balance. I think if your tushie gets too tired and numb, the flow of blood to the brain is decreased. For me, a modest amount of comfort matters a great deal when I want to produce quality work.

If I wrote sports articles, I might follow this woman's lead, and sit in a chair made of skis. For a lively exchange of dialog between two fictional characters, I might like a chair like this reversible one. I could sit on one side and then the switch to the other and change my point-of-view as I changed the chair's position.

For science fiction or futuristic scenes, I could settle into one of the seats on this page. The bubble chair would also work well in futuristic stories, or in any scene where one wished to think about being suspended in space.

I'm not sure what type of article or what story scene would be suitable to write while using a chair from Splash Furniture, but they are so different and beautiful that I'm sure sitting in one would inspire me.

Of course, no chair makes a writer. What makes a writer is writing no matter how worn and drab the writer's chair might be. Back to work.

posted at: 13:39 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Trades, Chips, Promises: It's All The Same

Well, I know the search engines involved are simply reacting to U.S. pressure, but this seems a bit silly to me. If the Feds want to get rid of gambling ads, they ought to start right here at home, and they ought to start with ads for stocks, which we know are the biggest gamble of all. Just where do they think the term Blue Chip came from?

Once they ban all stock trading, they can move on to prohibiting political campaign ads, which are worse than gambling. At least in gambling we have a chance (however slim) of getting something. In political campaigns we get promised everything and not only do we not get it--we have to listen to the opposing side remind us of that fact over and over. It's not even as virtuous as gambling. It's false advertising coupled with added harrassment.

posted at: 07:21 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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