Care And Feeding


Feed me, Seymore. Feed me all night long.

Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors


I would like to share some things I’ve discovered over the past couple of weeks.

  1. A person needs to eat properly.
  2. A person needs to sleep enough hours.
  3. A person cannot live on coffee, no matter how hard they try.
  4. If a person does not eat properly, sleep enough hours, and tries to live on coffee, that person cannot do anything that’s worth anything.

I figured these things out as I was falling asleep over my laptop in a carb coma while my heart thundered from caffiene. I’m intuitive that way.

So basically, to do anything creative, you have to take care of yourself.

Thank you! I’ll be here all week! Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff!

Oh, okay. I’ll give you more. It occurred to me that my creativity is anchored in my brain and body. Yes, there may be a larger creative spirit generated by the soul, or by a higher power, or by talent, or by something else, but creativity – wherever it originates – has to run through my brain and my body to come out. And since my brain and my body are connected, and since my brain is actually PART of my body, then the state of said brain and body impact the ability to create (in my case, write). Therefore, if my body feels like dog dirt and my brain feels like dog dirt, then my creative pursuit is going to be…what, class? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? That’s right…dog dirt.

I’ve starting thinking of it almost as a reverse sewage treatment plant. Instead of being purified, my idea can become, um, stinkified as it works its way through my brain and body.

In other words, my friends, our creativity is tied to our physical being. And if our physical being is poo, then the rest of it will be too.

I guess it’s all a matter of priority. Right? Right.

So, what are my goals for the next month? Eat better. Sleep more. Drink more water, and less coffee (WHAT! Be quiet, Coffee) Maybe take a walk every now and then. Win the notice and admiration of Hugh Jackman. Check, check, check, check.

Piece of cake.

Cake? Wait – did somebody say cake?




  1. I gave up mt dew!!!!

    • Betsy Horvath says

      @Laryn: No! Say it ain’t so! The company (Pepsi? Coke?) will have to declare bankruptcy! LOL – Good for you!!! YOU GO GIRL!

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