New Gadget, or Writing Inspiration?

How was your weekend? A lot of things happened in mine, leading to getting the truck checked out–but I didn’t get stranded or have to call for a tow. Didn’t get to go shopping though, which is fine.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

Today is Election Day in the U.S. And other than that, I’m not saying one word about it.

I’d rather talk about this:

Yes, this is a washing machine. Seems simple, but it's got about 300 combinations I can twist the dials for, and I only know how about half of them work.

Yes, this is a washing machine. Seems simple, but it’s got about 300 combinations I can twist the dials for, and I only know how about half of them work.

And I’ll confess–I skipped about 90% of the troubleshooting section in the back.

This thing actually takes 50 minutes to wash a load of laundry, but the plus here is that I don’t have twist my laundry by hand to wring it out, and then hope it dries on the line (the basement is damp and things don’t try too fast down there).

Before that, the schedule was more like…

Warm up parts on old wringer washer with space heater: 20 mins.

Fill tub with water, clothes, and soap/bleach: 5 mins

Let run: 10 mins

Drain: 5 mins

Fill up with water to rinse: 5 mins

Rinse clothes: 5 mins

Wring out: 5 or more mins

Sometimes wringing and hanging out would take longer, too. And the space heater only had to be done at the beginning.

I’m fine with the extra 10 minutes or so because I don’t have to interact with the load at all (and the wringer thing was great until I somehow broke it or some-odd thing–the subject for another post).

My point here?

Some people might compare washing and wringing to writing on a computer or writing with pen and paper…but since I do both, I wouldn’t. To me it’s more like having words whiz by because you’re so into it you can’t help yourself, to slogging along on a project you’ve grown to hate, which isn’t very fun.

Is it always fun to write? No. And there are times you have to push, take breaks, switch gears or projects, sleep, or what-have-ya. But I’m also for giving yourself every advantage you can so that writing is as fun for you as it can be, for as long as possible.

Which is why, over time, I’ll be fine with this washing machine.

(Even if it looks like it landed from another planet).

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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