A New Writing Schedule

I have to come back to hammering out any number of articles and posts on a daily basis. Let it flow. I still have not gotten into my ADHD flow yet, but it starts today. I will learn and research and write as I go along. No reason to separate the rough from the refined until later.

Writing a stream-of-consciousness morning dialogue with yourself was the basis of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and her morning pages – 3 handwritten pages I call snot pages because you are really clearing your head. I used to do them, but now, 99% of what I write is digital.

I’m looking at a pot of drip coffee brewing, and I remember my paternal grandmother in North Carolina telling me that coffee grounds were flowers’ best fertilizer. People used percolator coffee pots back then, so the liquid went over the grounds a number of times instead of once like a drip system.

The brewing coffee was recycled to the top where you could see it getting darker and darker until it was ready. The way we drink coffee today, and the amount, my grandmother could have fertilized every flower in the State of North Carolina and had enough left over for Virginia.

People who teach fast writing say to just let it rip and worry about spelling and grammar later. If you are trying for maximum output, I suppose it’s right. I just don’t like the sloppy look, especially when in Google Drive you can go to Tools|Spelling and correct anything in seconds.

To me, fast writing is for someone whose output is being commanded by another or by a self-imposed goal. In any event, the drive is external. If you write the great American novel, will anyone care if it’s completed in a year, or a year and a day.

I am bothered by current human need for speed. And excess. And greed. Anything above tribal needs are products of agriculture and civilization that developed from it.

Agriculture gave us the ability to stay in one spot instead of hunting and gathering. We no longer follow the sun or the animals or the seasons. We can save excess grain to carry us over the winter and bad seasons and seeds for the future. But this also gives us the foundation of greed (more saved food) in which to control others or the idea that it’s easier to rape, pillage, and plunder than it is to care for yourself and your family.

It also gave rise to limited food sources that were incomplete and incompatible with human health. I doubt any hunter-gatherer had diabetes. We may live longer than our ancestors, but many skeletons were larger than people today and showed solid teeth and bones.

I am fighting daily to get my blood sugar and type II diabetes under control. Turns out, all I have to do is eat real food. Cooked or not cooked. No sugar. No wheat. No grains. Not processed.