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Posted September 18, 2012
HOT OR COLD?
When writing, must the room be hot or cold? Or like Goldie Locks -- just right. Are you a writer who'd rather shed clothes to write or put them on to warm up the muse? Or does it really matter --can you roll with the flow?
I was recently fascinated when Gary Fearon, Creative Director of Southern Writers Magazine, wrote an article on our magazine's Suite T blog about his hard drive crashing. To get it working again so he could perform a backup of his files, he froze it. That's right. In the freezer. Which sent me on a mental rabbit trail. If a hard drive could be "jumpstarted" by a stint in the freezer, do those frozen people waiting for new technological discoveries have a chance of slowly thawing out to experience new life? For instance, Cryonics centers like Arizona's Alcor Life Extension Foundation store posthumous bodies in vats. These vats are filled with liquid nitrogen at bone-chilling temperatures of minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 195 degrees Celsius).
What about the spirits/souls of the frozen? Are they hovering around in Arizona waiting to inhabit those frozen bodies again? Or, are they creating the noises I sometimes hear in my walls in the dead dark of night in Tennessee? Okay, I've just given someone out there a great start on a novel. Run with it. But put the scissors down first.
Personally, I'm going out the old fashioned way. I want to go straight to heaven. I'm not interested in hot places and I find the smell of sulfur strangely unsettling. And I'm looking forward to my new body. I'm hoping mine has no sagging parts. I've got a feeling that the room temperature in my heavenly mansion will be just right. What about you -- do you have a special room temperature when writing -- hot or cold?
John 14: 2-4
In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know the way.
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