The Joys of Dehydration

Not shown? 105 degree temperature.

May 27, 2011

Okay, this is going to be brief, but I have some advice for all your writers and artists out there struggling to get the next paragraph out. I know you’re staring at the computer screen, or the easel, or something else and you think that if you stare at it hard enough, it will write itself.

Get out of the house.

This morning, Mary and I went to do a little field work. To be honest, I was getting a little burned out on Charcoal Streets. Things started to sound flat. It didn’t pop like it used to. Things just read, well, boring.

I’d wanted to go downtown and take pictures, walk through the border, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of border culture. Three hours, one hundred degrees, and three hundred pictures later, we had some incredible shots to work with for both photomanipulation and as final works themselves.

The smells of the streets, the feeling of being utterly exhausted in the heat and still feeling accomplishment at everything we did, energized me more than I can explain. People-watching is a wonderful tool for artists, and this trip offered a lot of notes, images, and memories.

The Inspiration Stealer by ~ThatScaryThing on deviantART

We found a church that was bricked up down to the windows. The door was rusted shut and nothing, not even a sign, told us anything about it.

Another church had a beautiful metal cross… though one quarter was rusted and falling apart while the rest remained almost pristine.

Mansions and former elegant homes dot the city, and many have been turned into offices for lawyers and others. Some, however, are empty, overgrown shells that wouldn’t look out of place in a Silent Hill game.

I haven’t sweat like that in years, not since I worked door-to-door sales in a cotton uniform in the middle of July. I still feel hot despite having drunk cool water since we got back to the apartment, but I’m sure it will pass.

I’ve often said how you need to keep moving if you sit all day. I think today I met my quota for at least 30,000 words.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to keep drinking water until I’m at least 50% dihydrogen monoxide again. See you Monday, and keep sharing Randomology links!

  • And finally, there’s a FOURTH Matrix movie… but it’s a fan film that actually looks better than the official movies.