I had a drug reaction last month to a change in a prescription medication, but I'm feeling much better now. Well, you try hitting your head against a brick wall for a month and then stop. You'll suddenly feel much better too.
So I dropped in on Pecked by Ducks this morning and discovered le bon mot - the perfect thought at the perfect time. Marina writes with her usual wit and humor about the tools essential to a writer (in her case, a sharp knife at the top of the list). Reading her blog caused all the little neurons and synapses in my brain to start firing in sequence, and I came up with my own short list of essential tools for writers - or, at the very least, for this writer.
a working computer
NaNoWriMo - to encourage me to use the computer
Key Note - for a place on the computer to put all those brainstorms
ywriter2 - because it is very good, and it's by an Aussie
www.autocrit.com - it tells me the truth about ways in which my writing is deficient, and I'm encouraged me when I compare reports from now to previously.
sandbox, bubble bath or other alpha brain wave producing activity - to generate ideas to put to use with writing tools
I'm late with reviews for two books: The Rough Guide to Happiness by Dr. Nick Baylis and The Pursuit of Perfect by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. I've had a rough couple of months, but expect to complete my reviews this week, as I started both books when they arrived in May and look forward to finishing them, as both have interesting things to teach me.