EAT THE BOX
1. Trade problems with someone. When you get stuck, stop hammering away at the problem and find a colleague to swap with.
2. Solve problems on behalf of someone else. Create some psychological distance from your project by pretending that you’re doing it on behalf of someone else. Use your imagination here: the “other person” could be the woman across the hall, a relative, or a stranger halfway across the world. The farther away, the better.
3. Put some distance between yourself and your project. Writers know something magical happens when you put your manuscript away in a drawer. When you come back to it a week or a month or six months later, you have a fresher, more creative perspective on the work. When you can, build some slack into your deadlines and try putting your work out of sight for as long as you can manage.
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Thomas Berry in Endgame Vol. II: Resistance (via america-wakiewakie)
Very relevant as I head to sleep across the salty pond, clock turning back in a foreign (familiar) country. Good night.
Since the dawn of time, the sun and the moon have been our essential timekeepers. As seasons changed, time changed and so did we. It was a natural rhythm, a healthy pace, always in balance.
Calendars, man’s most ambitious attempt to control time, are predicated on three astronomical certainties: the earth spinning on its axis (a day); the moon circling the earth (a month); and the earth revolving around the sun (a year).
In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar borrowed from Egyptian and Jewish calendars by instituting a solar year of a dozen 30-day months, with five days left over and a leap year every four years. But Caesar miscalculated, and over time the 11-minute annual discrepancy between his calendar and the solar year became a debit of 10 days. By the 16th century, the spring equinox-and Easter, which was linked to it, had drifted backwards from its March mooring into winter.
The standard Western way of counting years was established early in the 6th century by a monk named Dennis the Short. Dennis determined that the Christian era had started with Jesus’ circumcision, a week after the Nativity; bolstering guesswork with creative mathematics, he dated the event to January 1 of the Christened anno Domini (in the year of the Lord.)
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull creating the present day Christian Calendar. New years day was restored to January 1 after more than 1000 years of being celebrated at Spring Equinox, the Pagan way. And, in his most extraordinary move Gregory scissored 10 days off the Julian calendar. On the night of October 4th, 1582, people went to bed as usual: they awoke the next morning to find it was October 15-11 days later.
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