Well, my quiet, keep it to myself, goal for the new year has begun. I had told myself that I need to get my creative thoughts moving again after having set them aside for a long slumber. At the end of the day, writing technical documents tends to wipe out your mind and a mind-numbing activity, whether it's having a drink, watching TV, or playing with the kid, is usually the best remedy for a nice relaxing evening.
I used to write. A lot. Creative stuff, at that. I was a Literature major, so I was constantly reading, researching, and writing papers, essays, poems, and general rants. As I moved into the business world, those extended writings turned into lists because that's what the working world does to your thought process. Then even the short lists I would write would get tossed aside and forgotten about. I now have been reduced to writing down what we need from the grocery store and that's about it.
So, I told myself that I would dedicate this year to getting my mind moving again. The easiest way to do this would be to compile a list of 10 books I've been meaning to read (or ones that looked interesting, at least) and actually read them. Well, so far, I've finished 2 and I'm about halfway through a third. I've also got 2 others that I've already gotten about 20 pages into (this is a bad habit I picked up in school - I'm usually in the middle of 4 or 5 books at once).
However, the ultimate benefit to all this is that I've already got the 1st page of a short story started. Nothing great. Just thoughts and some lines that I thought of this morning while I was dragging a razor across my face trying to get ready for the day.
But, that's the thing. It's been a long time since I've sat there doing some monotonous task and had story ideas or artistic thoughts run through my mind. So, my ultimate goal was to get my thought process moving and it has. I gave up a long time ago the notion that I would be an author. The words may only get stuffed away in a journal somewhere, but for now, it's the type of therapy I need. I need to be able to sit there and say "I created that out of thin air".