8. If you thought THAT was scary …

So, you’ve done the research for this essay, and you’ve stuck everything you’ve got up on a board, with the verbs from the question in the middle. You’ve walked away from the blank screen. You are sitting comfortably, and you are doing something exceptionally mega-uber-super-boring.

(Don’t forget:  someone is supposed to be supplying me with a good word for this)

And I keep saying ..

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this will help you write your essay.

(It will. I promise. And we’re getting to that.)

But first, there’s just one more thing …

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There was a clue in the last post.

( Look again. It’s in the pictures).




As I said, we are not talking about doing something that is just a bit tedious.John_Everett_Millais_-_Spring_(Apple_Blossoms).JPG

It’s not like when you are sitting around with your friends and you say ‘Oh my GOODNESS GRACIOUS AND GLORY BE, I am so-o-o-o bo-o-o-ored.’


in this exercise …

you won’t have any friends to complain to.


You have to do it alone.

And yes, this includes electronically alone. No TV. No internet. No Snapchat. No phone.

I told you you weren’t going to like it. Let’s just say it again, quickly. Gulp, breathe,

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No phone.

Just think about it. Staring at a fire isn’t going to work if your sister pops up and starts jabbering on about her amazing new cone of silence invention

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or if your bestie texts to say the mud pack has shrunk her knobbly knees and now she’s training for Cirque de Soleil.

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Walking along isn’t going to work if you are also Instagramming about yesterday afternoon at Ted’s and how orrrsome was it when that goose …  goose-chasing-man copy.jpg

… but you get the picture.

You have to be ALONE.

Say it out loud. Really. Nothing will happen.


And yes, I know … some of you think being alone is a bad thing. Some of you think it’s just the worst. It’s unbearable. But hey –  be brave. As Bilbo would tell you, if you want to get to the Arkenstone, you’re going to have to get past a dragon.

Start with five minutes. It’s not so bad. Just try it. Just five minutes. Sit alone. Don’t try to think about your essay. Doodle. Go for a walk without a phone or music. Let your mind empty. Find out the world didn’t end.

Of course, it’s possible one shy little thought about your essay might decide to peep out at you at this point, when you are not trying to have one.

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So just in case, you probably should have a notebook handy to write it down.

Not an iPad. Not a phone. (Did I mention no phones?)

Anyway, that’s it for da roolz. In the next ep. we are going to make actual progress. 

Next page.

Thanks to these people for the images

“Mad Hatter” by John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Holmes silhouette” http://www.publicdomainfiles.com/show_file.php?id=13534595416502

“Spring (Apple Blossoms)” by John Everett Millais 1856-9, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“DC Tumbleweed as a hair extension” by Ketzirah Lesser & Art Drauglis on Flickr  https://www.flickr.com/photos/wiredwitch/4565774092

“Trapeze artists in circus”, lithograph by Calvert Litho. Co., 1890. Edited digital image from the Library of Congress, reproduction number: LC-USZC4-2091.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus#/media/File:Trapeze_Artists_in_Ci rcus.jpg

“Goose chasing man” Progressive Charlestown newsletter http://www.barnorama.com/wp-content/images/2012/03/goose_01/03-goose_01.jpg licensed for use on Google

“Pig peeping” https://pixabay.com/en/pig-peeking-farm-animal-hiding-475550/



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