The Writer’s High

So there’s this phenomenon I’ve experienced several times while writing- and no, it doesn’t just happen to me when I’m writing fiction. It can happen pretty much anytime, except that it is much more efficient when writing fiction.

I’ve heard of runner’s high. Although I do encourage running, and I know that it is a great sport, I can’t bring myself to do it that much. I’ve tried sticking to it on and off for about three years, and after a while I found other physical activity that is for me (weightlifting and yoga). One reason that might have lead to my quitting running is that I have never felt the glorious runner’s high.

I can’t tell you what it feels like, but google it and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a lot of testimonies about it. In fact, maybe you’ve experienced it yourself. I felt very disappointed that I could never reach that point during physical exercise, but then writer’s high happened.

So I’m sitting/lying on my back with my computer in front of me/on me, and I’m wearing headphones with intense music to block off the outside world. I’m trapped in a bubble of a world that I have created. On my computer screen, the fictional world of my words is blossoming. I’ve been going at it for a while, and then- it happens.

I begin to float. Somehow, I am just above my body, no longer inside of it. Of course, if I were to check for myself and touch my own skin, I would find that yes, I am still inside my body, and no, I am not floating off my couch. It’s only a sensation, but it’s probably the best feeling there is while writing.

During this phase, the world I am creating out of words is swallowing me up. I have left the material world; I am floating above it. My concentration becomes maximized, and I no longer realize that something exists beyond my story. This is the time when I can create the most intense scenes, because I can easily feel what my characters are feeling. No, scratch that- I AM the character.

This is more bound to happen late in the evening because of fatigue, but it can actually happen anytime if I make a thick enough bubble for myself. The writer’s high is what I enjoy the most about writing. It is relaxing yet intense, and it is a moment of positive solitude where anything is possible.

Have you ever experience something similar? Was it during writing, or while doing something else?

Share your experiences!

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Midnight Writing Prompt 3

So this time, to find my (not-so) midnight prompt, I used my Facebook status to prompt people to give me ideas. Unfortunately, no one was able to write any ideas, it seems.

Sad face.

So I thought I would tap into my gamer brain again to write this third prompt, and celebrate the coming release of the new Legend of Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds, by taking a look at Majora’s Mask and all of its creepiness.

 

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You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?

The words reverberated through Link’s mind as he ripped his sword out of the dying Majora’s body. He ignored the words, although they sent an inevitable chill through him, and instead watched as the demonic body faded away to nothingness. Soon, there was nothing left on the floor but the mask, empty of any evil vibe.

Link closed his eyes. He was tired, oh so tired. Slowly, he removed the mask that had been covering his entire face, and his body began morphing painlessly back to its original state. The terrible feeling of immense power that had possessed him earlier disappeared completely.

So weak…

It was strange that he felt like this. He looked down at himself and confirmed that he had not been wounded critically. Why was it, then, that he felt as if the blood was draining from his body?

Link tumbled to his knees. The world was blurred in front of his eyes. Something glimmered at the edge of his sight. Could it be-

But no. When he looked, it was gone.

And then the whole world was gone from beneath him; he was floating on a soft cloud of nothingness. He could have sworn he had just been inside the moon before, but now he was nowhere near this place. This place… where was this place?

Link… please, Link, wake up…

He blinked, and suddenly he was on solid ground again. He could smell the grass underneath him. Somewhere, a horse neighed. “What…” he whispered, but his voice was faint. And that was when he realized he was not inside the moon anymore; no, he was in a world of pain like he had never felt before. His whole body burned, as if every bone was broken in his childish body.

Link opened his eyes completely. Through the fog of the pain, he could make out a clearing. He was lying on the forest floor, then. How had he gotten here? And why the pain? It was horrible, breath-taking; oh, if only it would end…

The glimmer appeared in his vision again. But it couldn’t be… This vision eased all the pain in the world, for at last, he had found what he had been looking for.

“Link! Listen! Listen to me! Stay awake!”

“Navi…”

The little fairy fluttered frantically above the child’s mangled body. “Oh, Link, you’re awake again. Stay awake. I will stay with you here, Link. I called for help. I am not leaving you, never again.”

“Navi…” Link’s consciousness was slipping again. And then he remembered; the search in the forest, the darkness, Epona’s scare, the deep ravine swallowing him…

But then, where was Termina? It couldn’t possibly…

What if it had all been a dream?

A dying dream, Link. You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?

“You came for me…” Link moaned, trying to budge closer to Navi’s warm light. “It will be all right, then.”

“I’m sorry I left. This is all my fault.” The little fairy was moving around so quickly that her aura appeared to be several flickering lights.

“Navi, settle down. Come next to me.” Suddenly, the flickering stopped, and he felt the warmth of his friend on his shoulder. “It’s all right, I tell you. I’ll be okay, now that I found you.”

Golden tears flowed from Navi’s ethereal body. “Oh, Link…”

The world was receding, now; the pain was slowly lifting from Link’s body. Now he could fly, like Navi had before. He didn’t want to leave like she had, but that was his fate.

“Don’t ever forget me.”

 

 

So I Received my Book… And Green Smoothie Time?

Today I came home from school with a box on my table.

As soon as I saw its size, I knew what it was.

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Oh, I don’t look happy at all!

It’s difficult to explain how that moment felt. For the first time, I see my words in published print form. Just for that, all the hard work was worth it.

On another note… I have recently purchased a used Vitamix machine, and have been experimenting with green smoothies since then. The great thing about the Vitamix is that it really liquefies anything if you blend it for long enough. The trick to make a green smoothie taste good is to have a proper fruit to vegetable ratio. If you don’t like vegetables, don’t expect a green smoothie to taste good with just vegetables. That is why you cannot have a yummy green smoothie that is very low in calories.

For example, my favourite recipe has about 250-300 calories, depending on how much fruit I put in on different days. This smoothie is good for those who dislike the bitter taste of vegetables, because I have chosen very sweet fruits that create a good camouflage. I call this my “6-a-day” green smoothie, because it has the recommended 3 portions of vegetables and 3 portions of fruit. I eat this with my breakfast every single day (except Saturdays), and it makes me feel great and well-nourished.

A word of warning: At first, starting to drink green smoothies may be nasty. Give yourself a good 2 weeks to get used to it. I certainly did, and I am so glad I gave it a try.

 

6-a-Day Green Smoothie

1 cup strawberries

1 peach, ripe

1 cup chopped pineapple

1 large handful of spinach

2-3 large leaves of romaine lettuce

1/3 to 1/2 of a cucumber

First, make sure your ingredients are cleaned. If you don’t have a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, cut all of your ingredients into smaller pieces. Place fruits and veggies in your blender and add 2 cups of cold water. Blend until desired texture is achieved, and pour into a pretty glass. Drink some in the morning, and store some in a cup to bring with you for a snack.

As I mentionned before, if you are a beginner green smoothie drinker, it might seem difficult to get used to the taste. If this is too big of a problem, begin by cutting down on the amount of vegetables in the smoothie. Slowly add more until you become more used to it.