Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective days mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch - either in illustration or word form - and the other would make a companion sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise might make both minds more nimble. Hopefully.
A short list of things that you could do rather than hovering behind my shoulder asking, “Can I have your computer yet?”
- Walk the dog. I don’t care how far. Keep going until you hit a non-crossable body of water. Then turn around.
- Clean your room, even the nasty crevice between your bed and the wall.
- Paint a picture. Write a poem. Sculpt an objet d’art. You may even use the theme “How the Man is keeping me down.”
- Vacuum something. And, yes, the dog counts as something and is a little dusty. Have fun catching her.
- Count (quietly, to yourself, in your very own head) to the highest number you can think of. Then add one. Then two. Continue until it’s bedtime.
- Close your eyes and imagine a color you’ve never seen before.
- Invent a new language. Make sure it has clear grammar rules and at least one word for “amusing yourself because you are old enough to know how and because it is a skill that will serve you well later in life even if it currently feels like torture.”