I was reading this blog on writing the other day, where the author wanted to know, “what do you do when you fail at writing or can’t think of a thing to write?” There was a few moments when I thought I’d write a witty, or possibly insightful comment that would be helpful to the author.
Yup, I failed. Couldn’t think of a thing to say. Now four days later, I still don’t have a witty, insightful or meaningful comment on the subject. That’s not completely true – I do have one suggestion: Go play with Legos. Personally I enjoy building castles out of Lego. Here’s one of my creations:
I have a rather extensive collection Legos – mostly grey bricks and castle parts. Heather has the Lego Hogwarts express and needs to buy more track. We do have other color bricks and a whole box of people. I would like to point out that this is a collection of parts we bought for ourselves – long after the children were grown and gone – and I only grudgingly allow my grandkids to play with them (they put the parts back in the wrong boxes, mess things up and try to steal our mini-figures). Usually after they visit, Heather and I will have to take a whole evening to sort out the pieces and put them back in the right containers. Kids! They think Lego is some kind of toy.
Last week we went to Florida to spend some time with the grand kids and family. It was a nice vacation and we got to spend a lot of time with them. Going to Florida has never been high on my list of things to do but I found out last year that they opened a Legoland there and only a 90 minute drive from where we were staying.
Well I had to see it. We got there about just before noon and stayed all day. The Lego city is simply amazing. It’s very impressive to see what they can do with Lego and we took lots of pictures of the creations. Here are a couple of pictures I took:
Some of you were looking for the kids in the pictures. You won’t find them – they had to go to school that day and Gran and Grandpa went to Legoland on our own, unescorted by children.
Lego is simply another media for the creation of works of art. The nice thing is that you can build some, take the pieces apart and build something else. Make a mistake? No problem, just take the pieces apart and start over. I’ve lost track of the number of different castles I’ve made, but it’s got to be going on to about 50. Sadly I rarely take pictures of them. Usually at Christmas, Heather and I will get the trains out and make a train station, signal box, water tower, etc with Lego.
The adult in me wants to justify my use of Lego as just another of my many creative outlets – like marquetry, scroll saw, or other woodworking techniques. But I do have just enough kid left in me to admit that it’s just plain fun.
As with all good things they have to come to an end. After Legoland we had to fly home. The flight turned into a mess as we got caught in the great American Airlines computer failure on Tuesday. The flight out of Florida was uneventful but when we landed in Dallas to get our connecting flight to California we found out that the computers were out. We were among the lucky travelers that day as our airplane was at the gate with a flight crew when the computers went down and after a five-hour delay we got to fly home. The passengers for the next three flights at our gate weren’t doing so good as their flights were canceled.
When we finally got home, I built the Lego set I bought:
Yes, I bought a the Lego version of Big Ben. Partly because I like Big Ben and partly because it was small enough to fit into my suitcase.
The rest of the week was crazy with getting back into work, taking my brother to see another doctor(more on that next week), having a night out with friends, doing some work in my shop and trying to figure out what to write tonight.
When I sat down to write, I couldn’t think of a thing to write about so I was about to go play with my Lego when I thought, “At least I could post some Lego pictures.” Well, here I am a page later with more words than I started with, all because I thought of Lego.
So there is today’s writing advice: To be a better writer, buy a big box of Legos and build stuff.
Till next week,