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December 13, 2004

Centimeter by Centimeter

A few years ago in attempt to become a better writer I picked up a book titled Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.  I didn’t like the book at all and as a result am still not much of a writer.  I did pick up one tidbit of inspiration from the book, the paragraph which discusses the title of the book.  One day the author’s brother, when he was a youth had a science project whereby he had to document some 50 bird sighting over the summer.  Now summer is all about fun and even if you consider documenting birds fun, most likely you too would wait until the vacations penultimate date to do the assignment.  Panicked, he asked his father for help.  The father suggested the son approach the project in little bits at a time, or bird by bird. 

Entering what is supposed to be my new studio space last week sent me in a bit of a panic.  Well actually I was more aggravated than panicked.  My girlfriend, Cisca the Encouraging, suggested taking possession of it bit by bit.  And today, that what I started to do.  In truth, I nearly vomited once, uncovering the source of the stench (and I knew even cats could smell that bad), and the place is not nearly ready for unpacking my things and sewing.  But as I clean, my spirits actually lift in hopes that every newly cleaned centimeter will (eventually) be mine. 

Posted by talia at December 13, 2004 10:54 AM