Michael Simms: Ten things to do before I start writing today
Make coffee. (Make toast to go with coffee — got to keep up my strength!)
Take out garbage.
Sharpen pencils (I don’t write with a pencil but you never know when a writer might need a pencil!)
Take dog for walk.
Admire sunrise (in case I need an image for what I’m going to write!)
Brush dog (maybe I should give her a bath?)
Boot up computer.
Read news online.
Get really pissed off at president. (Think about writing but there are so many ways he is screwing us I wouldn’t know where to start. Read what I wrote yesterday — hate it. Read what Sam wrote yesterday — love it. Hate Sam. Think about 48-year friendship with Sam. Remember him stealing my girlfriend in college. No, wait that was me — I married her. Remember my first marriage and what a jerk I was. Descend into self-loathing and self-pity. Think about ice cream and its creamy sweetness on my tongue. Ben and Jerry’s chocolate cherry. Vegan. Very good for you! Check freezer for ice cream. No ice cream. Who ate the damn ice cream? Get car keys to go to Trader Joe’s to buy Ben and Jerry’s vegan chocolate cherry damn ice cream. Catch glimpse of self in mirror. T-shirt won’t cover belly. OMG I look like a white whale. Think about writing poem about white whale! Put car keys back.)
Write poem that begins: Outside it’s starting to snow Ben and Jerry’s vegan chocolate cherry damn ice cream….