TuesdayJuly 2005

Inspiration. Sometimes you have it. Sometimes you don’t. Here at the 826 Laboratorium, we have been performing secret and highly scientific experiments night and day in an effort to better understand this phenomenon. In the process, we have been wildly abusing graph paper (the tiny boxes cry out to be made into crosswords) and jellybeans. For the jellybeans, there is no excuse.

After much toil and the consumption of many small candies, we have come to the conclusion that Inspiration is fundamentally analogous to that famed computer game by the name of “Tetris.” The small nuggets of inspiration may fall from the sky in any manner of colors and shapes. Sometimes they will come slowly, and sometimes they will come in a torrential downpour, faster than you can find places to put them, faster than you think should be possible. All you can do is keep smashing the arrow keys, turning the ideas round and round like caffeinated pinwheels, and praying that they will all fall into place. But even if you find yourself sweating up a storm, overwhelmed by all the ideas or Tetris pieces that demand homes, remember: you earned this predicament. You asked for it. You got to Level 10. And it may be more than you bargained for, but you cannot deny there is a certain thrill to the monsoon of creativity, in a thousand colors, raining down mercilessly and wondrously upon your umbrellaless head.

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