Sunday, April 19, 2009

Blending and Purging

It's that time of year again!

The time when people look back at the chaos of winter and wish to sweep it all out the door (or under the rug) and start afresh. Spring is the time of renewal and rejuvenation.

For me, it means cleaning out my closets and dressers from clothes I no longer wear. Time to look through all the bits of papers and notes I've collected over the year and donate them to the recycable bin. It always means a time to look at he files on my hard drive, or story ideas in my notebooks and see which ones are viable fodder and which are going to be added to exsiting ideas for a bit of blending.

I like to take two seemingly different story ideas and see how well they will mesh together and mix them into a word soup. Add a bit of fresh seasoning and stir. Oftentimes I find what one story lacked was the addition of that other idea that pushes it from being ordinary to something really different. It's a fun way to challenge myself or to simply gleen ideas that are sitting around doing nothing. I like to see them working instead of taking up space on my computer.

Purging is also a very important part of spring cleaning. My bookshelves runeth over with freebies I've gotten from judging numerous published writing contests over the past year. The ones I really loved will be shuffled to my keeper shelf, the others will find a home with my mother or the ladies at work. This is a very important step as it frees up premium shelf space for the books I'll get in the next few months.

How do you spring clean? Do you include your writing into the mix?



Sierra Wolfe said...

Great post today, Kat. I really need to do that, go through my files and purge them. I haven't done it in forever and my computer is getting pretty cluttered.

It's also time I get started with my spring cleaning at home. I've been putting it off because I hate cleaning. But, I know I have to do it. :D I usually try to go through all my junk and have a yard sale or give it away to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I don't do it often enough. I'm in the mindset right now of getting rid of everything I own except the necessities. Now, if I can just make myself get started I might accomplish something.

Tierney O'Malley said...

Spring cleaning? :D I clean when I couldn't stand the girls' drawers full of clothes anymore. Or I would clean when I'm upset. (good way to release tension and anger) LOL This past winter, my husband and I went through the junk piled in the garage. We found our old Packardbell computer. Remember packardbell? Anyway, we cleaned up the garage because he couldn't find his set of golf clubs. :D And one of the girls scratched his *baby* while taking the bicycle out. So we clean whenever. Although now that you mentioned it, spring cleaning is not a bad idea at all. I might do something. :D


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