Posted by Jarsto in NaNo Musings 08
November 30th, 2008 | 6 Comments »

NaNo is just about over now. And mine is done. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few musings left. I’ll probably have a few more of them over the next few days, but here’s one I wanted to get in before the month is out. And no, the title of this post isn’t a Tolkien reference.

What this post is about is something I’m doing right now, and something I have been doing once or twice the last few days: I’m wearing rings. Now I’m not generally much of a ring wearer, but I do own exactly two of them. And for some reason putting one, or both of them, on occasionally helps to get the words going. It also seems to help keep my hands feeling good.

The rings mean I have to hold my hands just a little differently as I type. And that seems to serve as a good way to take some of the strain off them. I’m not sure I can tell why, but somehow having them on also seems to help keep the inspiration going. Possibly because the feeling of wearing them reminds me that I’m supposed to be writing.

This may not, strictly speaking, count as magic, but well, while it’s not a Tolkien reference I just couldn’t resist the fantasy feeling. What can I say, it’s late at night, and I’ve finished 166,661 words in the last 43,200 minutes. I’m entitled to make some weird references, right?

6 Responses to “NaNo Musings – Magic Rings”

  1. Starstuff Says:

    Chris Baty wrote about those “writing utensils” in his book actually. I have to admit, I don’t have any, though I might as well go for gloves the next time. It’s freezing cold in my apartment (just one room and I sleep with an open window, so no point wasting energy for heating during the week) and while one may count that as a certain mood-changer, I prefer warm fingers. So, it will be gloves next year for me…then I only need a matching story, preferably something that plays in the arctic.

  2. Jarsto Says:

    I keep my apartment (also pretty much just one room) pretty warm during NaNo. And I almost never write without tea. Not just for drinking, but because even with a good temperature in the room, I do sometimes need to warm my hands on the mug. NaNoWriMo is a stress test for (parts of) the body as well as for the imagination after all.

  3. Starstuff Says:

    Yes, this benefit of tea has not been lost on me. But I found it rather difficult to type while holding on to the mug … what’s your best practice there? 😉

  4. Jarsto Says:

    My strategy is generally to write 10 to 20 minutes and then take a mini break anyway. It’s not always tea, but when I’m dealing with cold hands I’ll generally hold the mug in both hands for a little while, even if I’m not drinking tea at the time. And when I feel my hands getting cold/stiff I’ll generally just stop at the end of the next sentence and again grab the warm mug.

    My advantage is that I generally have most of the cold/stiff hand trouble with my left hand. So with my tea mug sitting to the left of me on the desk it’s actually pretty easy to reach out and grab it with that hand for a couple of seconds to warm back up.

  5. Starstuff Says:

    Uh, since I am terribly clumsy I always have fluids as far away from my beloved Macbook as I can, meaning somewhere were I can’t grab them easily, but also not spill them accidentally. I don’t want to become one of those people who post on the Mac Form ‘Help, I’ve just spilled a mug of cappuccino/a bottle of beer/a cup of mulled wine over my Mac’ 😉 Really, I know myself. Not to speak of The Cat, which knows full well not to jump on any table, but decides to do it anyway now and then just to get my attention.

    And it just occurred to me that anyone, who has no real passion for a hobby, reading this will probably think we are completely crazy – we live in developed countries and talk about warming ourselves on a mug of tea. Stone age, here we come 😉

  6. Jarsto Says:

    I’m occasionally nervous, but I’ve got things set up in such a way that it’s very difficult for anything to actually drop on the keyboard. And in fact have anything with fluids in it well out to the left, where it’s very difficult to knock over. But yes, there is always a bit of a risk.

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