Having brunch and a frappe at a terrace on a sunny Sunday was more enjoyable than I thought when left my cozy warm nest (that would be my non-minimalist home). Not to mention that it made me think at a nice city-break to Milano, I mean the real Milano. The Milano Cafe is in central Bucharest, on Magheru Boulevard (see the old dark grey buildings across the street? They are indeed very old, like almost 100 years). I was surprised though to see that not many people were walking on the boulevard this Sunday, which is not every Sunday, but Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. That’s why I really wanted to go to church this morning, but missed it because I woke up late. Next Sunday is Easter (at least in my country, which is mostly an Orthodox country) and I expected more agitation on the streets.
How would be that to write everyday a blog post or else in a nice cafe, let’s say a shabby chic style cafe, with lots of people around me, warmth, the smell of fresh coffee and hot or cold drinks on the table along with my computer or tablet? Would that stimulate my creativity? Sometimes I feel like I can’t get inspired because I’m focused on one tiny part of my office and the creative solution is off somewhere else in a different place, new and yet familiar to me. The environment counts for me definitely when comes to writing as I need new stimulus every day.
What makes talented creators different from the rest of the world? Is there such a thing as “hereditary talent” or talent is something we could acquire through hard work and deliberate practice? Professor Anders Ericsson suggests that exceptional creativity is not genetic at all, after observing how talented violinists have come to acquire fame and success. So, all I need to do to become a famous writer is to keep practising writing. Well, that’s easier said than done.
I’ve read once that successful creators put what’s in their head on paper long before it’s fully formed, and they keep changing it until the right idea emerges. It sounds like my way to do things. I start something with a vague idea in my mind, then sometime along the process I got inspired and finish with a completely different idea. It happened mostly while as a philosophy student when I had to write long philosophical essays for my exams. At the beginning I had no idea what I want to argue about, and then suddenly while writing nonsense the inspiration hits me like lightning. I know that this is my way of functioning, yet I sometimes procrastinate and don’t start writing anything.
I had no idea in the world there are people who collect buttons. I just saw that at a TV show about selling antiques. Surely, the impulse to collect different things is one of the most common behaviors, however …buttons?? And there is a National Button Association – found out that searching on the internet – and a button country. Lol. I remember throwing away a lot of buttons I didn’t use, never came to my mind to collect them. Maybe I should try to fill a jar with buttons, I guess will look nice.
I’m watching again Sissi, never get bored by this movie and Romy Schneider is so beautiful and young in it. I have a different perspective now that I’ve visited Sissi Museum in Wien and also Schonbrunn Palace last summer. There is a natural size painting that shows Sissi and also some of her beautiful dresses in Sissi Museum. That woman was incredible thin, I would have not believed it if were not for watching with my very eyes her clothes and her tiny shoes. At the Schonbrunn they said she would often skip dinner in order to keep her silhouette that way. Quite disappointed by her excessive preoccupation with outside beauty and her own persona, I thought her to be more of an intellectual type of woman. Looks like she was a little bit narcissistic. I left Vienna with the impression that Sissi was not that much in love with Franz Joseph as the movie about her life suggests.
Mind you, I found an online writer cafe where I can subscribe for free and post my work there. But why should I post my work there and not here on my blog?
Happy Sunday everyone!