I read once that when writer’s block settles in and pulls the paper out from under your words, you should abandon the pretense of complete sentences and instead line your thoughts up into single-filed lists. Reasons? Well simply because lists are…
2. Easy to digest
4. Ideas-centered (and ideas are the bread and butter of writing)
6. Easy on the eyes
Long-winded text doesn’t always leave a lot of elbow room. Sometimes all that word clutter simply sucks out the meaning and leaves behind an incomprehensible wallpaper of pretty but meaningless patterns. The ever arrogant list would argue that there is something about it’s short, choppy clarity that muddles out some decent thinking. Besides, they are all the rage in the blogging world these days so that means they MUST be pretty damn cool. And so, I feel compelled to enlist the help of lists here…
A few things I’ve learned from Pakistan:
– Getting in the inside lane of a round-about means you’ll be there for awhile
– If you want ‘pork’ you better find yourself a ‘pork bootlegger’
– Load sharing and hours without power is uncomfortable at best
– fried dough in the morning with spicy potatoes = deliciousness
– Why drive a car when you can drive a motorcycle/bike/camel/donkey/tuktuk instead?
– Just get over the fact that you will always be sweaty and smell quite bad
– Taking in a wild kitten is not a stroke of brilliance
– Flexibility is the name of the game
– Always check your flour for itty bitty little bugs
– Don’t buy Russian made stove lighters. They run on batteries and cause minor explosions.
– Smile and wave to the guards and soon you will get standard morning salutes
There is more but my mind and body are saturated with heat and can no longer pull it together. The power has been out for four hours which means I am now sitting under a single working ceiling fan in a puddle…there may be a real possibility of the heat oven-baking my brain. AH! Murpheys Law. As soon as I typed that final sentence the power burst back on…Sweet sweet air conditioning!