I pretty much agree with what Stein says. Geniuses may not do much of anything. I’m not striving to be a genius. Rather, I’m striving to be an intelligent human being. I don’t have the time to do nothing, which is why I’m always on the move. But I am often doing what some would say is nothing, which are mundane tasks. For instance, some would see cleaning a horse pen as being a single-purpose task. However, this is when I generate and elaborate upon ideas that come to mind.
This morning, as I shoveled and raked poop, I thought some about my book project and where I was going with it. The final three chapters – these were the ones that were previously dead in the water. What to do about this? I hadn’t a clue. Then, in working on the third-to-last chapter, I inserted a line that was in need of a follow up. The setting is the Icelandic Horse Farm, in Vernon B.C. It’s the last day, and we attendees are wrapping things up. I am the last to speak. I tell the group about my failings with Raudi. Robyn Hood, who is the clinician-in-charge, finally says to me “she (meaning Raudi) chose you for a reason.”
I realized that it would then be up to me to tell my readers in the final few chapters what Raudi’s reason for choosing me might be. The problem was that I did not have a clue as to why this might be. Indicating otherwise would be disingenuous. I as a narrator could have said in the following chapters that I later realized, but this then would have disrupted narrative continuity.
It was as I was pitching a five-gallon bucket full of horse shit into the compost station that I had an ahh haa moment. It then occurred to me that I could include an epilogue, and there I speculate as to why I later thought Raudi decided that I should be her owner. Now, I don’t at this very minute know what these reasons are, but I suspect that they will materialize as I write the final chapter.
Yep, gotta have thinking time. I also have to continue to have contact with animals time. I also did agility with the horses today and got them out for a trail ride/walk. My focus was, of course, on them. This allowed my subconscious to further my thinking in regard to the above still problematic chapters.
It would be a lot easier to work at acquiring genius status. Right now, the thought of kicking back in a comfortable chair and just staring out the window for hours on end really does appeal to me.
Next: 21. 1/21/20: Keep the Ideas Coming