This Wednesday’s Word idea is challenging today.
pleiad: noun. a group of (usually seven) brilliant persons or things.
(from wordsmith.org, today’s word)
I named this blog Writing Under Pressure for a reason. On a daily basis, I steal time away from things I should and could be doing, just so I can write. My writing often happens in short, concentrated stints of time. But, once in a while, I come upon a chunk of unscheduled quiet. In a flurry, I open my laptop, log on and wiggle my fingers. Then, I sit.
Type a sentence. Backspace. Cut and paste. Reformat. Save. Forget it.
In all that time, no real writing gets done. No wonder I struggle against that mean old mantra: I’m wasting my time. What I need is a pleiad of writer-friendly perks:
- Coffee. Good and strong. I like Hazelnut, sometimes with a dash of cinnamon.
- An antique writing desk.
- Unlimited credit at Broadway paper, so I can buy all the pretty little papers I want, a smorgasbord of creativity.
- Mail from one of those literary magazines where I’ve submitted stories, with a letter inside that starts out “we’ve been looking for you all of our literary lives” (over the top, I know, but this is my pleiad).
- ESP, so I can see into the future and know if that novel is really worth a rewrite.
- A writer’s retreat, in a cabin in the woods.
What’s your perfect pleiad?