I couldn’t read any more. I decided to iron shirts instead. Which is what I always do when I’m upset. It’s an old habit. I divide the job into twelve distinct stages, beginning with the collar (outer surface) and ending with the left-hand cuff. The order is invariable, and I count off each stage to myself. Otherwise, it won’t come out right.
I ironed three shirts, checking them for wrinkles and putting them on hangers. Once I had switched off the iron and put it away with the ironing board in the hall cupboard, my mind felt a good deal clearer.
”—The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. (p. 6)
“For me, inspiration comes from a bunch of places: desperation, deadlines… A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming.”—Neil Gaiman on creativity (via explore-blog)