Friday, November 7, 2008

Wearing Your Inspiration on Your Wrist

Yesterday I was feeling a bit blah. I managed to write but it took awhile to get myself back into the groove. I kept thinking that I needed something more tangible to keep me going. Something physical that I could see and touch. The online world is wonderful but there's something to be said for life in the real world. That's where I'm writing and THAT'S where I need to be motivated.

Then inspiration struck.

A shirt I'd been wearing had those annoying loops in the armpits that clothing companies insist on stitching into women's clothes, and I finally cut them out. Five years after purchasing it. I thought the color was pretty and tossed the ribbons on my desk in case I thought of something to do with them.

Then I tried to write. I pecked out a few words here and there, then hopped onto the NaNo forums looking for inspiration. That's when I noticed my pretty ribbons were the same blue as the NaNo site. Interesting... I looped one around my wrist and decided to tie a knot (not very easy with one hand, let me tell you).

*drumroll*

Please allow me to introduce my latest creation, the NaNo bracelet:




Are you done laughing yet? No? I'll wait.

*taps fingers on desk*

Ok, stop it.

I didn't set out to make a bracelet for myself, but I've heard of people asking friends to wear a bracelet for a designated period of time as a reminder or whatever of an upcoming event (Jessica Alba gave her baby shower guests bracelets to wear until she gave birth), and thought, why not do that for myself? Wear the bracelet until I finish NaNo? If I get sick of looking at the thing, that's just more inspiration to hurry the heck up and get it done. Genius!

Survey says:




So what do you think?


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27 comments:

Robin said...

(He Robin) You're a genius. Great Idea! Keep writing

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Robin! The more I think about it, I'm surprised people don't already do this.

Kristine said...

That is a good idea. Keep up the good work. Hey, when are you going to send me some of your book?

Melanie Avila said...

Oh, right!

WendyCinNYC said...

Good idea! Keep it up.

Zoe Winters said...

hehehe awwww, you are so cute! hahaha that's awesome. :D

Also, my word verification is: "poodys" that just sounds WRONG.

Jen said...

Mel, I think that's a very clever idea! Wish I'd thought of something like that last year when I was struggling so hard.

Actually...hmmm. Might not be a bad idea to pick a color according to the project and try it myself when I inevitably stuggle again.

Neat!

And my word verification thingy sounds like some exotic food: flootai.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Wendy. So far it's working.

Melanie Avila said...

Zoe, I think it's all on how you look at it, lol.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Jen! A color theme is a cool idea, especially since guys probably won't be too keen on wearing a light blue ribbon. ;)

Turkey Lurkey said...

Looove it! Is it covered in orange juice now? ;)

Melanie Avila said...

LOL, no. I was careful and aimed the juice directly at all the appliances. :)

spyscribbler said...

Hah! I love it! Love it! And what a great use for those pretty ribbons. I don't have any, though.

Hey, maybe if I put off writing for a little bit, I could find a pretty bracelet...

;-)

spyscribbler said...

Hey, I just thought of something! They should sell them, you know? All the charities do, and then they could make money for their charity from them!

You should tell them! You know, like the Armstrong "Live Strong" bracelet?

They could make it, "Just Write" instead of Nike's "Just Do It."

Pink Ink said...

Great idea!!

Maybe I would write more if I had to wear a KEYBOARD around my wrist until I got done with my daily word count :-).

colbymarshall said...

Heehee, that's funny. I think it would be even more effective if you were able to use the bracelet to tie your hands to your keyboard/pen and still manage to write with it :-)

Rachel Burton said...

As annoying as those hanger loops are, it never fails that when I actually need them (ie, the shirt is a wide scoop neck or something) they're not there!

But now I know who's been snipping them away...

Robin said...

(she Robin) That is hilarious! How smart to find something to do with those stupid things, other than poke out of the armpit of short sleeved shirts so that people think your bra is falling off.

I can't get over Jessica Alba making her poor shower guest wear something until her stupid kid popped out. I'm surprised she has any friends!

your V.C. of the day, "fastsh". I think that's a sign for the speed at which you should be typing tomorrow.

ps. I fell off the blog list upon transfer. *blush*

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, I was thinking along the lines of the Live Strong Bracelets, too. Part of me feels like if I tell them I should get a profit, but eh, that's a lot of hassle. :) I like the Just Write idea. Now go out and buy a bracelet!

Melanie Avila said...

Pink, LOL! That's an idea.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, I think you and Pink need to work together on coming up with something. ;)

Melanie Avila said...

Rachel, this is a wide neck shirt, but I hand it over the hanger (like pants) instead of by the arms. That's why I decided I no longer need them.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, these were ALWAYS sticking out. I heard JA's bracelets were leather, but the blog that talked about him completely made fun of her for making them do that. I realize birth is important and all, but it really doesn't affect EVERYONE as much as the mother.

I did write fastsh yesterday - 3300 words!

Robin said...

You're doing an awesome job! I'm really psyched for you!

Melanie Avila said...

My bracelet just fell off. :(

Janna Qualman said...

LOVE it! That's something I would totally do. :D

Melanie Avila said...

Fortunately I had two because the first fell off on Saturday. This time I made Ibis tie it on and I left a little extra so I can tighten it!