Inspired by the Silence of the Drive - Thursday's Children
I'm a lucky girl. I can sometimes count on one hand how many other cars I encounter between leaving my house and the fifteen minutes it takes me to get to the highway. Then once on the highway it's another fifteen minutes of barely-there traffic to the high school where I teach.
The drive is often shrouded in the fog that dips into the valleys. Some mornings a brilliant red sky will lift over the mountains. Other days I dodge deer like falling acorns. Usually, I forget to turn on the radio. I stop for school buses and whisper hello to the paint horse who stands like a statue in the corner of his small paddock. The automatic turns of the steering wheel and the thrum of the tires on the road are fertile white noise for creativity.
The silence of this drive is one of my best brainstorming times. If I'm deep in the heart of a story, this drive is filled with nothing but creation.
Then when my brain is full, I turn on some great music, or NPR (which is inspiration for a different Thursday post :0).
Anyone else love the brainstorming therapy of a long, quiet drive?