Ready to write, the bits of things already saved as Word files catch my eye. Yellow rice with orange rind, a recipe. Tasseography, the start of a story. Cognitive maps, contemporary shamanism, cousins, Montecatini Terme, Mozart KV 11, seagrass matting rug, holy clothing, grilled biftekia, Ghost Ranch. A good writing exercise would be to weave all those things together in a couple of paragraphs, a page. To find the connections, other than my squirreling-away nature.
The next time I am at a loss for what to write, I’ll have some fun with that. For now, it’s off to Mallorca and my second mystery story, “Out of Whole Cloth” (which weaves together ubuntu, wild mushrooms, Mallorcan fabrics, Spanish rappers, and prehistoric goddesses).
image: Christie B. Cochrell, Collage