9/25/2007

to moodle or not to moodle?

I don't know if knitting really counts as moodling, but the image is restful just the same. Photo by Amber.

So you see the imagination needs moodling--long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, stacatto ideas, such as: "I see where I can make an annual cut of $3.47 in my meat budget." But they have no slow, big ideas. And the fewer consoling, noble, shining, free, jovial, magnanimous ideas that come, the more nervously and desperately they rush and run from office to office and up and downstairs, thinking by action at last to make life have some warmth and meaning.

--If You Want to Write by Brenda Uelan

4 comments:

red said...

While I am complimented by the photo and I appreciate a good moodle I am beginning to miss the part of your blog where you write your own thoughts in your own words. Maybe you are in need of a moodle.

Jenny said...

Hey Red,

If you'd only given me a moment you'd see that my next post is actually my own words, no quotes at all, unless you include Anna's accidental witticisms in that category.

The photo of you is lovely, though. I'm so happy to know you. My voicemail is working too--please leave me a message!

Lucy said...

Oh, my! I love this quote, if only because it reminds me too much of myself. I am a moodler if there ever was one. I moodle through life in every "inefficient... dawdling and puttering" way I can find. I long for sharp stacatto ideas, and the desire to save $3.47, but alas!

lis said...

Isn't that the TRUTH! I'm a writer who'd rather be moodling. But I feel so dreadfully pressed to be efficient!

(Came over here from Boundless, by the way. I love your writing!)