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Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

Hello People! Hope your Monday is super and I hope you stay warm and safe! It’s actually warming up here. Yesterday it was -29C almost all day. Today it’s a balmy -1C (30F) here today. It’s even supposed to get warmer tomorrow, but we have the wind to deal with again, so blowing snow. Oh well, could be worse I suppose.

So as I sit here trying to keep my fingers warm, I ponder the Daily Prompt for today:

When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?


I can do my thinking just about anywhere, doing anything. But, my best thinking is usually done just staring off into space. I’ve always done this. I can sit in one spot and stare out a window and think through problems, think of story ideas, or just think about things I wonder about. My mother called it ‘daydreaming’, my ex called it ‘frustrating’ and everyone else just thinks I’m nuts.

I’m able to tune out everything and everyone when I do this. All my thoughts are focused inside. That’s when I listen to my heart as well as my mind. I can figure out the answers to problems I’m having. I can figure out story plots, and character’s become born, all in my mind.

Now sometimes, real good ideas come to me when I’m in that state of not quite sleeping, but not quite awake stage in bed. Unfortunately I never remember to put pen and paper on my nightstand to write these things down. I should because I can think of good stuff at that time. By the time morning comes I usually forget them unless it’s super good, then I tend to remember.

Of course even if I did put a notebook and pen on my nightstand, it would be too dark to write it down, as I have no lamp on my nightstand either. I would have to get up out of bed, turn on the light, write what I want down, turn the light back off, then crawl back into bed. Sounds like work to me, so I’ll pass. Plus, I keep my bedroom on the cold side, so once I’m in bed and all warm, I don’t get out of bed unless mother nature calls, or it’s just plain time to get up. I’m lazy that way.





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16 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

  1. Happy Cold Monday, Jackie!

    I believe that about you – staring off into your own world to do your best thinking.

    I do my best thinking, writing, everything – at night. I might drag my feet all day trying to write or solve a problem, but after 11:00 at night, I get a second wind, and it’s the creative one. When I worked, most of my business ideas came to me in the middle of the night. I kept a pen and notebook on the nightstand, but could rarely read what I wrote. I finally switched to a handheld recorder by the bed. Try it. 😉 It was hysterical listening to my half-asleep, creepy-voice ideas left on the recorder.


    1. Maddie! You know me so well my friend! 🙂 Yup, stare off into space a lot lately.

      And I believe that about you! You are always up late at night so figured that was your best time for you. I used to be that way when I was younger, now I’m old so I do my best thinking in the morning. I should try you recording thing! Oh wow, would at least give me a laugh if nothing else. 🙂


  2. My best poems come when I’m in that twighlight not quite sleep not quite awake. I have a kindle I’m in bed now reading emails. Can’t do everything. Like responding to your comments I have to go to the post. But it’s okay I get caught up on emails. But the feature I like is the note pad. I can pick my kindle up from the floor and type my thoughts and ideas. I just have to remember to save. I lost some good stuff. I use to use pen n paper and write in the dark. In the morning I had no idea what I wrote. The kindle has its own light.


  3. Jackie, I do my best thinking in the woods, away from the sounds of traffic and other people. Being winter I have had to resort to curled up in my bed late at night for those thoughts to form best.


  4. I often “write” stories while I’m in the shower. Sometimes I even remember to jot down a few notes later on 🙂
    You’re in a chilly location! It’s just into double figures here though windy and wet. I think it’s dropped below freezing maybe twice the whole winter (SW England).


  5. I’ve never been a daydreamer, Wish I could. More monkey mind than anything when I’m awake so my best thoughts come when I’m just falling asleep. I’ve done the writing in the dark. A few clear words can bring back the entire thought but I have the lighted pen my son bought me years ago that resides on my headboard. There is always at least one notebook in my bed, usually more. It seems to be the only place my mind gets quiet. You understand that hyper-vigilant mind.


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