Friday, September 15, 2006

Stuck in my own head

My name is The Mafia, and I'm a LaLa whore. The arrival of each little red&white envelope sends me into fits of glee, and for the last two days, I've been listening to Disk 2 of One From the Vault non-stop. Honestly, I prefer disk 1 (the transition from Help on the Way ---> Franklin's Tower is my favorite musical moment of all time), but I'm still waiting on Disk 1. Live Dead, there's nothing better.

Despite resisting the pull for months, I've been sucked into reading about the Getting Things Done and Hipster PDA phenomenons. Mind you, I'm convinced that I have adult ADD, and any strategies that help me focus are very welcome. It took about two mouse clicks to discover Moleskines and Moleskine-hacks. Since the PDA hit the market, I've owned two, but when my Palm Zire died back in the early spring, I didn't replace it. I have reasonably good calendar, address book, notes, and creative journalling systems, but they're all disparate and/or bulky. Hopefully this moment marks the beginning of a new system.

The moment it was posted on WhipUp, I borrowed a copy of Twyla Tharp's book, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life. While I find her writing style a bit harsh and bossy, the concepts are great, and it's an interesting peek into the mind of such a brilliant woman. Besides, it's Twyla Tharp. She's allowed to be bossy.

The timing of this books is serendipitous -- for the past few months I've noticed a very distinct cycle to my creativity and creative energy. Specifically, from the time I ovulate until my period, I'm increasingly creative. And for the few days before I bleed, I walk around in a creative bubble. I've started apologizing to Wifey for being "stuck in my own head." Unfortunately those wildly productive days come to a crashing halt as soon as I start to bleed, when my brain turns foggy.

Does anyone else have these strong creative cycles? Do they correlate with any other physical, emotional, environmental, or spiritual cycles?


jill said...

Delurking to say, I have those huge burst of creativity as well, although I've never really noticed a "cause". Generally, if I am having an i-feel-good day, I am feeling creative. So nice to know I'm not the only one who surges.

Hannah said...

Absolutely! Check out Toni Weschler's amazing (although mistitled) _Taking Charge of Your Fertility_ to understand why. Also check out Christiane Northrup's _Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom_ for a discussion of exactly what you are talking about. She also has a new one on women's creativity that looks interesting.

Kate said...

I recently found and am similarly addicted to my new Eddie from Ohio live disc.

My creativity sometimes seems partly weather-induced -- I was definitely more fiber-oriented the first few days that the weather started to turn.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Though not using it to its potential, I LOVE my Sidekick because I can enter all the data online and it comes over to my gadget instantly.