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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Listing to Starboard

Are you an Obsessive List Maker? Symptoms for OLMs include walking into the local shops and forgetting what you've come for (can't live without a shopping list), staring stupidly at an open pantry and having no idea what to cook (can't live without a menu plan), sitting down to work on your manuscripts then after answering a zillion emails wondering what you're supposed to be writing about (need a work schedule). Sound familiar?

I'm nothing without my calendar and lists to remind me of when my next free moment is to take a breath. They keep me sailing on an even keel and only really cause upset when I fail to complete them (over ballast my boat).

But apart from structuring our day to day existence a little better, lists can also be a springboard to more exciting prospects, memories, ideas, stories...Now we're getting into Flow Chart territory but more on that another day.

I am fond of "Top Lists". Top Fives for instance can be used to provoke thoughts and memories, spark conversations and discussion. Each month I'll try suggest a Top Five Topic (will have to add that to my To Do List) Nothing too difficult or fancy, but I encourage you to make your list, think about why you chose those things and you never know, an idea for a story may be lurking just below the waters ready to be netted.

This month's Top Five Topic ~ Name your Top Five Most Memorable Breakfasts. They may be special because of the location, whom you were with, what you ate, the occasion they marked etc. Good luck listing!