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Post by EC2 » Fri December 10th, 2010, 9:43 am

[quote=""cw gortner""]Absolutely. We are made mostly of water, we float in the womb before birth in water: I feel very connected when I'm in water. The fact that many of us are actually dehydrated most of the time accounts for much. I always have to remind myself to drink more water.

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This is a fascinating little book 'The Hidden Messages in Water' by Masaru Emoto. It's a bit along the lines of tree-hugger/talking to plants theory, but there are some stunning photos of frozen water molecules under different conditions - such as in the presence of music or strong emotions. It's worth a look at just for those. 'Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings.' http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-Messages ... 634&sr=8-1
When you think about it, water is very recycled. We could have our hands in the same stuff that Catherine de Medici,King John, a plague victim, and a dinosaur drank and peed. And not just the drinking and excreting, but the formation of body tissues and the sperm and the egg. It's big stuff. No wonder we get ideas when we put our hands in it!
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Post by Margaret » Fri December 10th, 2010, 8:45 pm

This is a fascinating little book 'The Hidden Messages in Water' by Masaru Emoto.
That's a great little book! The photos are amazing. I even made a pitcher with the word "love" written on the inside to keep my drinking water in. Whether it has any effect on the water or me, I can't tell, but it's loads of fun.
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Post by Matt Phillips » Fri December 10th, 2010, 9:38 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]After all, our bodies are largely comprised of water. Do you suppose we all think better when we're properly hydrated?[/quote]

My idea for my WIP came to me while swimming. And I often have good ideas for it while in the shower. If only someone would invent the waterproof pen and notepad ...

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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Fri December 10th, 2010, 11:55 pm

And to think I was a strange bird for writing my best scenes while having a bath!

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat December 11th, 2010, 1:11 am

Hmmm- I get my ideas while hiking 'bunburner hill'. But I did get rather inspired two days ago, doing it under a poncho in the pouring rain. Still, given the choice, I think I'd pick sunshine.

I have been pondering this thread and the implications of word count, and realizing that although I like to read longish novels and like to write longish novels, to crack the 'big six' of the publishing world, the (first time) format is shorter. It's like writing for a sitcom: if the time slot is 30 minutes, that's what you write. You don't say, "Oh, but this idea is so fantastic, I'm sure they could go 40 minutes." In the commercial world, it is what it is.

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Post by Celia Hayes » Sat December 11th, 2010, 3:27 am

Washing dishes. Ummm - OK. I've gotten most of my best ideas about plot and characters and such, while driving, say a long commute on my way to somewhere or other-- or even being driven (my daughter has the best and most reliable car and as she is my assistant, so she is the one who takes me to distant book events). Or sometimes, while on my daily run or dog-walk. I call it 'think-time'.
Although for my most recent project, I had my very best idea ever -- while answering an email.
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Post by cw gortner » Sat December 11th, 2010, 4:23 am

[quote=""EC2""]This is a fascinating little book 'The Hidden Messages in Water' by Masaru Emoto. When you think about it, water is very recycled. We could have our hands in the same stuff that Catherine de Medici,King John, a plague victim, and a dinosaur drank and peed. And not just the drinking and excreting, but the formation of body tissues and the sperm and the egg. It's big stuff. No wonder we get ideas when we put our hands in it![/quote]


Amazing. This book sounds very interesting, too. I just bought it. I've always had a thing for water, and how it connects with us on a primal level; so, this ought to satisfy my bent in that direction. Thanks, EC!
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Post by LoveHistory » Sat December 11th, 2010, 9:44 pm

[quote=""Matt Phillips""]My idea for my WIP came to me while swimming. And I often have good ideas for it while in the shower. If only someone would invent the waterproof pen and notepad ...[/quote]

Ah, but someone has. Aqua Notes was invented for use in the shower. They claim they can be used underwater as well.

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