Thursday, July 28, 2011

BBC's HoWM - The Prophetic Rot of A Leaky Toilet

One of the more endearing aspects of the Bathroom of Self-Loathing is the seashell shaped toilet seat. We all need to think about sitting on brittle pieces of dead mollusks in order to feel like going to the bathroom. How else to explain the popularity of such an unsightly object?

Not only is the seat a blight upon the eye, the actual potty part doesn't function all that well. Actually, it functions too well, constantly circulating water and not always doing the right thing with it. For example, it likes to take a fair amount of it and drip it down through the basement beams, which luckily have held for a century and might be able to take it until I do something radical, like call a plumber.

Our brains are like that, as writers. We're constantly circulating little ideas, drops of dialogue, splashes of scenes, and the occasional wave of a freshwater WIP. But do we do the right thing with it? Do we take that one second to jot it down on a piece of paper or email ourselves? Or do we let it slip away, drip down into our brain stem where it'll rot a hole in our spine and our heads fall off?

OK so that last bit might be a tad melodramatic, but it's important to write those flashes of inspiration down, because they are only brief flashes. And when they're gone, you're left in the dark basement searching for words, while cold potty water drips on your noggin.

5 comments:

Angela V. Cook said...

Haha! I know what you mean. My mind is ALWAYS cirulating ideas, and I always find myself saying, "Hmm . . . I should probably write that down . . . yeah . . ." But of course, I never do.

Nemune said...

Nice image, I'm not sure I will be able to get that out of my mind for a while now. lol The thought is sound. I'm sure we all should be writing more of the ideas and not ignoring them till they turn into something not so pleasant.

Katherine said...

Yes, I'm exactly the same! I've lost count of how many times I've discovered ideas, only to let them rot in my brain, so that they never end up seeing the light of day!

Mindy McGinnis said...

Yes ladies, sometimes having an overactive brain isn't a good thing - specifically when we're unable to find a pencil or pen, or we're.... driving and can't write. That happens to me constantly!

Katherine said...

Or you're in bed, all cosy and warm, and don't really want to get up and jot that idea down ...and you don't have a notebook handy ... and probably wouldn't be able to understand your own writing anyway ... *hangs head in shame*