I've been thinking, thinking deeply. Immersed in reflection. Lost in my pondering.
I've been stuck in junctures, 'inspiration' eluding me, preventing me from picking up my pen and crafting coherent sentences. I can't, I tell myself. I, for once, am at a loss of words.
Why write with all the barriers and deep analysis? Why stop at all every three words to sigh, backspace and start over because of a lack of a language device? Why be stingy with your words, when there's an entire dictionary in front of you? Why, I ask, WHY?
Stop bothering with all the 'personal style' and references/emulation of the greats. This will come naturally. Don't, I tell you. Stop holding that copy of a particular great speech you have in your hand, put it down this instant, grab a pen and start writing. Write down what's in your mind, off the top of your head, like there's no tomorrow. Write for instant gratification, for personal fulfilment. Write, because you love the act of doing so. There's no need to constantly refer to the thesaurus for the 'bombastic' words and overcomplicated language that few understand. Of course, if that is who you are, then proceed doing so.
I once had a lovely English teacher, more than lovely, really. She would make us put down everything, pick up our journals and write about a particular topic (pets, for instance) for five minutes. No brainstorming, no mind maps, no prior planning whatsoever. Just write.
I loved it. It's one of the many little things I reminiscence and remember, oh so poignant. Of course, it's a chimaera now, nothing but a forgotten dream. There's no time, what with all the essays and analysis of pieces of prose etcetera, etcetera.
Forget it. Forget it all, that's what I have to say. Forget about the works of the greats, don't bother with all the layers of metaphors, linguistic devices, rhetoric, just write. Write what you want, write with freedom, courage and enjoyment (because that's what writing's all about). Stop treading on the eggshells with your words. Don't be tentative. Just enjoy the simple movements of your hand as the mind strays. Go with the flow, enjoy the ride.
As for this week's link love...
- I'm said to have an... ahem... unique sense of style. And no doubt this is unsuitable for the climate here, but I wish.
- Meanwhile, for the fingers, this'll do.
-Congrats to this amazing gal Izzy (@commoncomfort), who had a collab with Design*Sponge for a recipe video. Head over to this link to check it out.
- I was on a roll, after these PB & J rolls I made (sorry to you cinnamon purists out there!), and now these...
- I've recently joined a community of wanderlusters on this site called Made with Map. I've started adding some pics here!
- No. Just no. I'm not some overly posh person whose ears burn at some phrases, so I'm sharing this with you.
-This is just too cute. Wish I had one!
I once made an edible cup with a Questbar (I'm a sucker for those) for milk (shape and bake at 180 for 10 mins), and been dying to try out cashew cream. With two things on my agenda, I made this. Chocolate. Crisp. Cup. Cashew. Cream. Chilly.
'Twas amazing, I tell you. It's an easy dish, quick, convenient, vegan. It's blunt, not overly complicated, yet embellished with humble motes of lavender. Nothing's better than blueberry and lavender.
Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Cup with Lavender Cashew Cream & Blueberries
1/3 c oats
1 tbsp. flour (you can grind up the oat grains)
Pinch of baking powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. maple syrup / sweetener
3 tbsp. applesauce
2 tbsp. milk
Lavender Cashew Cream:
2 tbsp. cashew nuts
2 tbsp. water
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp dried lavender.
1 tsp maple syrup / sweetener
1 tbsp. blueberries
1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
2. Sift oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder before adding maple syrup, applesauce and milk. Mix to form a slightly damp (but not sopping!) mixture.
3. Press into a lined ramekin (or even better, a springform individual cake tin) in the shape of a cup, with a 1-cm bottom. Bake for 20 mins, till crisp.
4. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for cashew cream save blueberries in a food processor and blend until a paste forms. Spoon into the oatmeal cup and top with blueberries. Serve and enjoy.
- to be continued -