Keeping an Eye on You

Posted on 22 March 2013

So guess who’s here to keep me company at my writing desk this weekend? That’s right — there’s nothing better to encourage a writer who hasn’t written in weeks than this little anatomically correct reminder of mortality.

This thing has been in my house for months but now it’s front and center on my desk and I can’t stop looking at it. I find it not threatening but kind of friendly and hapless, like it’s some hopeful party guest who showed up without realizing he forgot his face.

I know what you’re wondering and yes, it does have a bottom jaw, but it was removed for aesthetic/leveling purposes. Also, the top part of the skull opens up, which means if you plug the spinal cord hole in the bottom, you can fill this guy with candy.

What I’m trying to say is that after a tumultuous past few weeks, I’m finally able to clear some time and mental space to write. Before I get to it, my little friend and I can offer this: Flavorwire’s 20 Famous Writers on Death and Mortality. Here are a few quotes to get you started:

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary Of Anaïs Nin, Volume Two

“The meaning of life is that it stops.”
Franz Kafka

Here’s hoping you live deeply this weekend and beyond.




5 responses to Keeping an Eye on You

  • Tricia says:

    Do not go gently!

  • Teri says:

    This weekend I’ll be living deeply at my favorite Mexican restaurant with some freshly made guacamole. I’ve got to get away from this desk!

    • That sounds like the best way ever to spend the weekend. I just dragged myself to my writing desk after a lovely few hours of reading/napping on the couch with the cats — onward!

  • Sarah W says:

    Nice skull! :) Have you done Hamlet’s graveyard scene, yet?

  • Downith says:

    I think you should use it to hand out candy to kids next Hallowe’en.

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