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"A Feat of Association"

 One of my favorite quotes comes from Robert Frost:  "An idea is a feat of association."

I have had an idea today.  My mind was wandering in all sorts of directions, juggling a hundred different thoughts, and suddenly they came together.  An epiphany.  A moment of clarity.  A feat of association.  Call it what you will.  It is, in the end,  An Idea.  An idea that might allow me to rewrite a book I love but haven't quite gotten right; an idea that could change the trajectory of my career; an idea that could truly change my life.  

I need more time with it.  I need to explore it further.  I need to walk around it and examine it from all sides.  But my hands are very nearly trembling with excitement.  I don't have any idea how I'm going to sleep tonight. 

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estellye
Jun. 11th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
The only downside to these sorts of epiphanal moments is that they are really challenging to share properly so people understand the overwhelming significance. I think you nailed the sharing part and I am sure the rest will follow. Enjoy the gift, the moment, and having a good reason for sleeplessness - then go transform everything!
davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Estellye! Turning the ideas into something workable -- that'll be the challenge. But I'm already on my way....
lrcutter
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
I love it when that happens. Cherish it well.
davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Leah. Hope you're well.
markwise
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Fantastic! The road is wide open for you, friend. *smile*
davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. Let's hope I can translate idea to page. That's the hardest part.
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davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alis. It doesn't happen often, but when it does we have to run with it.
patricia_writes
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, that's really exciting. Quite a feat to accomplish! Good luck fleshing it out!
davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Patricia. I'm already starting to see it come together, but I've got a long way to go.
arhyalon
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'm excited about this idea, too...and I don't even know what it was.
davidbcoe
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
That makes two of us.... No, just kidding. Thanks, Jagi. I'm excited, too.
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