… As opposed to reading books. For those who don’t know this term, it’s what library pages do in order to put the materials in order by Dewey or alphabet. I caught up on some reading today on the juvenile shelves at work (a mess after two weeks of child related chaos), and now catching up on some groups/blog reading. I think the thing that humored me the most was written by Roland Saint-Laurent on MySpace‘s Library Lover’s group:
“When I used to shelf read people knew better than to talk to me immediately afterwards, because I would always return looking either pissed off or sad. My friend brought that to my attention and I had no idea that it was so obvious. The reason for this was because I would always be deep in thought while shelf reading, both putting the books in order and thinking about the meaning of life. The best ideas I ever came up with usually resulted from shelf reading and killing the tedium of the task by coming up with various book ideas and philosophies. I hardly ever wrote these down.”
How true! I get so lost in thought after the first block. Thoughts fly in and out like random vowels in a Zen meditation. Then again, I do this while running followspot. After a task gets so repetitive, your mind needs something with which to work. I do not do well when idle. I tend to think of lines to poems that never fully form. There are files and notebooks filled with juxtaposed lines. One of these days they’ll form into a poem. This is why I need to get some type of Palm/portable device that easily connects to email/the net and runs a Word style program. There’s a lot of creativity inside that needs released. I need mental stimulation.