So last December our living room flooded. Last week we had to move everything for some new flooring. While I was putting stuff back I decided to revisit these Stones from the Muse, basically a bag of rune stones for jumpstarting creativity.
A book comes with a bag of stones and in the book there are configurations for types of stone pulls you can do.
I chose to work with the Conscious and Subconscious configuration first. I pulled these stones:
Seed (ideas) (Conscious)
The book reading for this stone said my mind is a compost heap. It develops its own heat. It’s a fertile bed of ideas that come from everywhere. I have to nurture it, turn the compost heap or it will get stinky and stagnant. I must make choices or the heap will choke anything I'm trying to grow. I need to thin out the heap sometimes.
(The book didn't say this but I also think it helps being organized.)
Eggs (potential) (Subconscious)
I need to start working more fully with my mind and heart. If I'm blocked, I need to give something up: a chore, a defense mechanism, an idea about my persona. I need to schedule time, if even 15 minutes to make progress. What’s in the way of my going deeper or doing something different? I need to make some purposeful mistakes to see what happens.
Tidbits from The Atlantic
I'm getting to the end of reading through my 2016-7 gift subscription to The Atlantic. A few mentionable literary pieces:
IN Mark Twain's book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one of the printing plates was vandalized pre-publication and a plate-designer gave Silas the preacher an erect penis (which the illustrator didn't illustrate). Much money was offered as a reward but none of the 50 pressmen would fess up to the alteration of the plate. Door-to-door salesmen of the book were asked to rip the illustration out of their copies. This reminds us Twain's novels were one of the first great American lit books sold door to door. Read the full blurb.
And Beowulf is being revisited for lack of transcendence and the story's attraction to pop re-tellings.