clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rights of Passage

At left, ice cream photographed in Sweden in 2005 by Väsk and posted to Wikicommons. Thanks, Väsk. Great picture.

There are many rights of passage. One of the most important this year is to take a breath and enjoy summer. Yes, I know you don't believe it; but, it is summer. 

It's almost Midsommer.

So, if you haven't had an ice cream cone on a park bench, I want you to make sure to do so this weekend. It is an essential part of the creative process to sit on a park bench eating an ice cream cone so the next "killer idea" can catch-up with you.

You have to give these ideas a chance to match the pace of your life. Park benches an ice cream make that happen.

Oh, put the phone down when you eat it. Please. Smart phones are creative idea repellents. Hell, throw the damn thing in the duck pond if you like. You'd be surprised how well you do afterwards.

If you haven't got a park bench and an ice cream shop near enough to where you live, you know what I am going to say: move.

I'm thinking summer; but, I have a body under the ice - at Christmas. Nothing like calling our fire rescue on Christmas Eve morning to recover a body. Makes everyone go "Ho , Ho, Ho" and so fits right into my little noir effort. No - it isn't the WIP. I was cheating. One page only.

Back to work. Stop cheating. 

Have an ice cream. Let those ideas come to you.

No, I haven't any proof that things work this way. What is the worst that can happen? You have another ice cream cone in a park?

So, sue me. You know you cannot call or text to complain. My phone is off.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for this reminder, Jack. I need to take a deep breath and relax, I think! Ice cream, for sure. And ideas.

jack welling said...

Toasted coconut. Blueberry crumble. Two of my favorites from a local creamery. Probably not best at the same time but I do it anyway.