Monday, September 27

Mark Weaver

A story: My friend Shari and I went to lunch...we went to school together and ran into each other at a Lady Rogue event (holla atlanta!), anyway. Lunch. How are you? Great, you? I have creative limp dick (me). Hm.

Sunday afternoon, email arrives. Maybe this would help. I read the following:

Overcoming Creative Block:

The solution to a problem–
Slice and chop 2 medium onions into small pieces.
Put a medium sized pan on a medium heat with a few glugs of Olive oil.
Add the onions to the pan, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Chop finely three varieties of fresh chilli (Birds Eye, Scotch Bonnet & Green/Red).
Add the chilli’s to the pan, stir together and cook for eight minutes.
Add about 500g of extra lean Beef mince to the pan.
Stir in so that the Beef is coated and lightly browned (should take approx. 2 minutes).
Add salt and pepper.
Add Red Kidney Beans and tinned chopped Tomatoes.
Stir well.
Add a pinch of Cinnamon.
Cook on a low heat for approximately 20 mins.
Measure a cup and a half of Basmati Rice into a medium pan.
Add two and a quarter cups (the same cup you measured the Rice in) of cold water to the pan with the Rice.
Boil on a high heat until the lid rattles.
Turn down the heat to about half way and cook for eight minutes.
After eight minutes turn the heat off the rice, leave for four minutes (with the lid on).
Plate up the Rice (on the side), add the chilli.
Large glass of Red wine (preferably Australian or New Zealand).
Now the important problem solving part–
Take the plates & pans to the sink.
Run a mixture of hot and cold (not too hot) water.
Add a smidgeon of washing up liquid (preferably for sensitive skin).
Start washing up, the mundane kicks in.
The mind clears and new thoughts and ideas appear.
Enjoy a second glass of wine to savour the moment.

Mark Weaver, Atlanta

Could not have said it better myself. And, he has a shop.
Ok, off to go have more chocolate yogurt cake, tea and detective novels, thank goodness for rainy days.



  1. thank goodness for rainy days is right.
    is there a recipe for an emotional limp dick?

  2. This is so true. Anytime I need to think about being creative I have to stop thinking about it....and then it just comes to me.
    So jealous of your rainy day....I'm locked in a cubicle for mine :(

  3. I love the recipe for creativity!

  4. Love it. Yes, the mundane helps. Lately, I've been really inspired by nature. A walk in the park or a really beautiful public garden. Something a bit out of my element. I hope inspiration finds you soon.

  5. Amen to that! Explains why all my good ideas come when I am in no place to put them down on paper.

    Sometimes I also find that a change in medium works to kick start things. I have been doing some painting lately, and all of the sudden, my jewelry roadblocks were magically removed. Likewise, when I sew I tend to think of things I want to paint.


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