So I'd collected all my supplies together to do the upstairs and grabbing my ipod to listen to music while I worked, I was soon getting on with the cleaning.
Now, it has to be some reflection on my state of mind, that it wasn't immediately apparent that something had gone wrong, but as the morning went on, I came to realise that there were only 2 songs playing on repeat. There should have been more like 60.
At lunch, I checked it with the computer and it seemed it was 2/3 full, but still only 2 would play. Then I realised, I got a new laptop recently and was no longer using itunes and so the wrong type of file had synced ... syncked ... synched ...transferred over. I had been late starting that day, so it was either not finish the cleaning and have to carry on another day, ruining 2 days instead of 1, or put up with it. So I put up with it.
To be fair, they were 2 brilliant songs and so it wasn't much of a hardship:
Sam Smith's theme tune from Spectre, Writing's on the Wall and Lana Del Ray's Blue Jeans. Both really emotive, powerful songs. Imagine these pumping loudly into your ears all day - fantastic.
And then, from within the cloud of thoughts cluttering my mind, came an insight into what would make my current manuscript better. Eureka!
It always works. Cleaning and listening to music. Emptying your mind and feeling the emotional impact of great songs. A good day.
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