What’s Your Stinky?
In honor of National Puppy Day, this blog post will be inspired by Emmie Lou the beagle and her Stinky. Emmie loves her Stinky. If I’m not wrong, you have a Stinky, too. My Stinky is the Belinda Starr series. It’s the thing in my life that takes up most of my time, has been loved to pieces, and possibly, maybe just a teensy weensy bit, interferes with other aspects of my life.
Emmie and her Stinky:
Emmie’s Stinky got her name because as often as we’ve had to wash this thing, still the stench remains. That’s how much our beagle loves this toy. She’s played and slept with it so often, it has a perma-smell. Stinky is Emmie’s go-to chew toy and utensil of choice for of tug-of-war. She’ll spend hours chewing and playing with Stinky, and when she’s ready to collapse, she’ll fall asleep with it under her paw. Generally speaking, we don’t discourage Emmie’s playing with Stinky, but when she chews holes through her, we take Stinky away for mending and replace her with one of Emmie’s other toys.
I spend an insane amount of time working on Belinda Starr at the Metallic Enchantment. I’ve drooled all over that “dragon” enough times that no amount of detergent will get my smell off of it. There have been times where Steven has to smack me on the head with a rolled up newspaper because I’ve chewed holes through Belinda Starr and have left bits of fluff around the bedroom (please note: we do not smack the beags with newspapers or any other object). Anyway, as hard as it is, sometimes I must put my Stinky aside and focus on other projects. Sometimes it’s a short story. Sometimes it’s writing in a journal. Sometimes it’s not writing at all, but other tasks that engage a different part of my brain; painting, walking, household chores, etc.
If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve been neglecting your physical health in favor of your Stinky. I’ve been making changes to incorporate an exercise regime into my busy schedule, because as much as I love writing, I also love being alive. It’s hard to step away from Belinda Starr, but here’s the thing: not only does my body need to move, doing so can actually help produce the solutions to whatever current writing dilemmas I’m facing.
So before you chew any more holes in your Stinky, step back a moment and ask yourself…what in your life are you neglecting? What is out of balance? And here’s a good one, have you moved much in the last 24 hours? What is your Stinky? And is it about time to let it take a rest?
What’s your Stinky? Is it full of holes (out of balance life) or is it pretty much intact (in-balance life)? Let me know in the comments!