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Inspire Me And Win A Prize

I have spent much of today getting some writing done for three publications other than this place. Anyone who's ever written for someone other than themselves knows this is a feat done best in the cliche cafe while wearing a beret and smoking French cigarettes. Mostly, though, I just listened to my iPod (which is stuck on a new playlist I was creating to go on my marathon bike rides and I went on one yesterday wearing shorts without pockets so I stuck it in my sports bra and it has boob sweat on it - I can't wait to take it in to get fixed: Tech guy or gal: Ok, so what happened to it? Me: Oh, it's drenched in sweat from my boobs. Can you fix it?).

Finally, I just left the house to get a passion fruit iced tea and sip it while I let the ideas come to me.

I'm going to slap the Cover Girl off the next girlfriend of mine who says, "Don't be nervous! Just write! You write every day!"

Then I'm going to crawl into her lap in the fetal position and ask her to rock me to sleep.

So, I'm looking for inspiration. I mean, I have ideas and all, but I seem to write impassioned things when I just happen upon them and it strikes me.

Right now, all I have going for me is a tiny daughter who can't reach the cereal on the top cupboard (hidden there from her brothers who EAT BOWL AFTER BOWL OF CEREAL WITHOUT STOPPING TO BREATHE). Would you like to see?

What's on your mind, dear gentle readers? Give me some inspiration, would you? Actually, on second thought, anyone who inspires me the most will win something. I should probably have something to give away because you don't want me going over to my junk drawer and pulling out expired coupons or pink paperclips with butterflies on them.

Oh! How about some water?

No, seriously. I got some Primo water which uses bottles NOT made from crude oil, but from renewable resources, like corn. Don't believe me? Watch this video. You're skeptical, I know. Why should I offer Mocha inspiration for a case of WATER? Because! You'll be doing something good for the planet! You'll be helping the environment!

It's either water or a broken boob-sweated iPod. You want the water.

*EDITED* Votes have been tallied and winners have been chosen. Next post will announce the winners.
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Reader Comments (20)

Is there some place you have been or always wanted to go to for which you could create an itinerary. What would you do? Where would you go - by yourself? With a friend or your daughter? Museums or shopping? Restaurants? Menus?

Lisses last blog post.." rel="nofollow">So, how do we handle this?

June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisse

Oh, so the shoe's on the other foot now? I based two posts on your inspiration recently, now it's my turn to share.
Dreams. Good ones, bad ones, weird ones.
Passion beneath the words -- in life, in politics, in your work...oh, you already do that. A lot, too (If you'll excuse the sentence fragment).
Pet peeves, including by not limited to boys who intentionally place the cereal out of their sister's reach (or people who leave comments that include sentence fragments).
Unique solutions to the above pet peeves (including creative use of kitchen utensils)

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June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I don't know what's worse, boob sweat or ball sweat. Do you get a rash too? It was 116 today, good thing I powdered up before I went to work today or my thighs would be on fire!

Toms last blog post.." rel="nofollow">Its (I'm) Not Unusual

June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTom

ummm, sorry no inspiration for you but about the boob sweat/wet ipod. same deal over here, that's where I always keep mine but the trick is I normally have to wear 2 sportsbras (dont ask) so I slip it in between them and it stays pretty dry nestled in there.

June 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternaturalmel

How do you find the energy to work, write for other publications and then write for yourself? oh, yea and raise a family?

I'm definitely too lazy of a person to accomplish much in my life - well for the time being.

gorillabunss last blog post.." rel="nofollow">the solution

June 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergorillabuns

if her best friend turned on her and started attacking her repeatedly with insults and general cruelty, making her life a living hell, what would you do to protect your daughter? 'cause my mom right now is about two steps away from sending her italian friend (with significant ties to the "family business") to give my former best friend a serious talking to.

how's that for a topic? i think it could get fascinatingly graphic. :)

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June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLara

How 'bout 20 other uses for tongs besides bbq and reaching the cerial box.

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June 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBloggymommer


Take Gilbert Blythe's advice to Anne Shirley and just write about what you know. That is your strength and charm and why people keep coming back for more. You write about the everyday, common crap that we can all relate to, and you do it well, and expressively.

Another thing that helps to think about when you're writing is to know your audience. Who are you writing for? What's your audience demographic? Are you being asked to cater to anyone in particular or have you been given free reign?

Make a list of things you want to write about, and catalogue those ideas. It's a great idea to capitalize on reader's ideas and even become inspired to write about something else.

Do you think when you run? I do. Good times. Boob sweat that Ipod girlfren.

Love yah!

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June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRigel

How about something along the lines of "ha, ha, are you sure this tidal wave that just took over my midwest farm is because of the broken hole in space" (I've been talking to my 6 year old too much lately, it appears). I always think of brilliantly funny things to write when I'm driving down the freeway and cannot take both hands off the wheel to hold the notepad and write -- why? Then, nothing, when I sit back down at a stationary location.

Good luck!

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferB

This is helping. Truly. Keep 'em coming.


Water excites me. Which is why I'm spending the day in the pool.

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMocha Momma

Wow... an Anne of Green Gables reference... très Canadien!!! I dig it!

I dunno hon... I think your inspiration is exactly in your marathon bike ride = dead iPod from boob sweat. With your creative juices - I am sure you can come up with something extremely witty and most of us can relate to wrt boob sweat! I've lost many a coins from boob sweat - well I forget I had used my bra as a wallet (sans pockets, you know?) only to find them many hours later as I changed/jumped in the shower - to find a loonie (CAD $1 coin) nicely logged - well... there, à la Janet Jackson-Superbowl-wardrobe-malfuction style.

Go for it! I would love nothing more than to read about that!!!

KCs last blog post.." rel="nofollow">Melons

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKC

I left work yesterday feeling like I've reached a point in my life where all I have to do is tweak what's there. I have all the resources and tools I need, I just need to get better at using them.

Today at work I had a moment where I felt like I knew absolutely nothing, where my tool bag is empty and you couldn't have paid me to make a coherent thought.

Thankfully, that moment passed quickly. I'm feeling pretty damn good now.

Our new interns started yesterday and tonight we're sending them all over town on a scavenger hunt. And then? Beer. We know how to indoctrinate future pediatricians properly, dammit. I have thirteen newly minted doctors to sherpa up Mount Kiddie. And I can't hardly wait.

So what do I hope to inspire in you? That moments of stupidity are inevitable and that they are hopefully fleeting and that education - whether it's giving them something tangible or creating for them the tools to survive - is what keeps all of us going.


June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

How about perspective? I just wrote a bit on it earlier today. I was inspired by the full moon and how big it looks in the horizon next to the things we know versus how small it seems in the expanse of the sky, which we don't know the measurement of.

Too deep? Well, here's my cheap ploy to win... here goes...


Sugars last blog post.." rel="nofollow">Perspective

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSugar

How and why does it feel different to give birth to a child and receive one into your care, eventually adopting them? (no, I don't love anybody less, but yes I think it's different)

Why does organized religion strike fear and revolution in people (okay, me)?

Hmmm, that was supposed to read revulsion, but hey, revolution works too!

Tricias last blog post.." rel="nofollow">Photo Meme

June 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Like you need to bribe us with water to give you inspiration, I will work for free.
Leave it to Tom to take things too far, I didn't need that powdering image.

On one hand, I want to go with something controversial, like the whole baby mama debacle. I always love how you handle topics like race, you layeth the smaketh downeth welleth.

On the other, your funny is funny, I especially like your stream of consiousness posts.

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June 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhite Hot Magik

I was just watching Fox News at my mom's house and saw this news story The news reporter insuated the school was at fault for providing help to teen mothers. Personally, I am in favor of these programs. One high school my husband taught at had a similar program, that allowed us to keep our child there as well since I was substitute teaching. I also subbed in the daycare when needed. My only problem with the program was the teen fathers were not required to participate.

White Hot Magiks last blog post.." rel="nofollow">The Art of being Crafty

June 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhite Hot Magik

I'd love to inspire you but I'm not sure how effective it would be taking off my shirt 10,000 miles away. Plus I'm an acquired taste.

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June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Mike In Oz

Thanks for the info on Primo water!

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June 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

How happy was she to get that oat bran? My girls love that stuff. They eat it with a glass of milk and dip it like oreos. Very weird little children...

Writing for pay, or just for other people is too much pressure. I have absolutely no advice, because I'd be shoving you over on your girl's lap curled up as well. :p

Marias last blog post.." rel="nofollow">Protected: Dance, Dance.

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I think you should send your daughter to Australia. We've invented things to help with her disability. Chairs. Ladders. Or if it all goes pear shaped, I've got a teenage nephew who would probably have to reach down to get the cereal off the cupboard.

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Mike In Oz

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