Instead, I printed out two stories that need revisions, sat my arse down at Copenhagen Bakery with a Diet Pepsi and my iPod, and went to work. I ended up concentrating on only one of the stories because I was listening to In The Sun, which was written by Joseph Arthur and then recorded in multiple versions by Michael Stipe with Coldplay, Chris Martin, and Joseph Arthur. I'm deeply—perhaps even embarrassingly—moved by the song, and while I was working, I realized that it sounds the way I want my story to read. So I just kept listening to the different mixes over and over again while I wrote. All proceeds from the sale of the song(s) benefit Katrina survivors, by the way; the money goes directly to Mercy Corps via Stipes' In the Sun Foundation.
Anyways, it was a good 90 minutes. And even though I can't be sure if I created anything of worth, I can at least say I tried. Today.
***More pix and commentary on the Beauty & Power conference at Joanne's and Noel's!