Brief Humor & Check-Ins

The Keys to Oz: Peaceful Retreats

As a human, it’s important to know what recharges our spirits. As writers, it’s imperative to our craft. Write too long on empty and gobbledygook splats out, pouring black ooze from our fingers and drips onto our feet. The gook sticks to our legs, trapping us suddenly in our chairs. Our brains soon crawl out afterwards and slink away to find a new oasis. Our noses follow quickly, searching for roses and rain showers of bygone, blissful days. If truly dire, legs may start a feverish tap dancing number underneath your desk, greatly upsetting the carefully arranged pencils and tawdry knickknacks. Away, they demand! Away, away, away!

We’re not meant to work forever; we’re meant to live in Oz. Truly.

Don’t argue with me. Take a munchkin and move over.

This evening I’m listening to sounds of storms and plan to finish a book or two to refill the ol’ writer’s tank I previously wrote about. The Labrador and saint are with me; the Lab mushed between my chair and side table because of said storm. l am learning to listen to my gas tank and refill it before it hits empty.

Below, I leave you with an inspirational quote from the Wonderful Writer of Oz, Mr. Baum. His words inspire me and add a drop or two of rest to the tank. How about you?

“Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvellous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.”

– L. Frank Baum, Introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Song: “Top 10 Best Studio Ghibli Soundtracks,” Studio Ghibli

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