100 Words - Run, Don't Walk

Have you ever tried writing with your non-dominant hand?

Apparently it can help spark creativity. At least that's what someone told me over the weekend when I was complaining about writer's block. So I tried it. No creative sparks, just lots of frustration and a broken pencil tip. The most interesting thing that happened was that I reverted back to grade-school cursive. It was weird.

If you try it, let me know what happens for you. Maybe it will spark some creativity for you, or magical ideations. Either way, it's bound to be interesting.

If you've not experienced writing with your non-dominant hand, you probably have experienced something like this:

As he engages her in conversation, she is wary and guarded. Experience has taught her this can come to no good end. She refuses to look into his pale blue eyes, knowing how easy it would be to get lost there. She ignores the charming smile that used to melt her heart. She lets his profession of love go in one ear and out the other. She’s heard it all before, and knows exactly where it leads--to heartache and misery. But as she turns to walk away, she knows that something else will never change. She will always love him.

No? Then count yourself lucky and hold on tight to your healthy loved one.

Jonah Lehrer - How We Decide

The prompt for this week is again from How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer, my favorite neuroscience writer.Because I'm a geek, that's why. Did you know that the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease causes gambling addiction in as many as 13% of patients? Patients who had no prior addictive tendencies? The brain is crazy interesting. You could say, I have an...


"In 2006, Ann was finally taken off her dopamine agonist. Her movement problems came back, but the gambling compulsion immediately disappeared. 'I haven't gambled in eighteen months,' she says, with more than a little pride in her voice. 'I still think about the slots, but the obsession isn't there. Without the drug, I don't need to play those damn machines. I'm free.'"

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I've decided to try a "blog hop" linky list this week. What does that mean? Apparently you can get the code (you'll see a new link under where you usually click to add your link) to put this same list on your blog post, and it will automatically and simultaneously update as people submit their links. This way, your readers can submit a 100 Words piece right from your blog if they want to. How cool is that? It's not required, just a bonus.