It's TMI Tuesday again, and this week is all about being in the mood.
1. What puts you in a creative mood?
It's all about inspiration for me and seizing the moment. I can get into a creative mood in just about any setting, but I'll lose it if I don't start writing right at that very moment. For example, I was in a very boring and uninspiring meeting for work this morning when an idea for a post popped into my head as I was looking at someone else in the meeting. I opened my notebook and started jotting down ideas immediately and it was like turning on a faucet of creativity. It just kept flowing and flowing. After that post was done, I pulled out my topic list and started another, then another. I know, however, that if I had not started writing when the idea hit me, the creativity would have been gone when I sat down to write it later. That's juts the way it is for me.
I'd like to be able to say that I can go out into nature and feel creative, but the truth is that it's not that predictable. It's about having something to say, and the creativity starts flowing once I start to say it.
2. What puts you in a silly mood?
Laughing with friends or playing with my young son are the surest ways to put me in a silly mood.
3. What puts you in a contemplative mood?
Nature. A friend's probing question. A beautifully written piece of prose or poetry. Watching my little one sleep. Resting in the arms of someone I love. Being alone in the dark.
4. What puts you in a competitive mood?
I get competitive if anyone starts to challenge my skill in my business world. A challenge just makes me want to prove myself. This has softened a bit in recent years, but it's still there.
I also get in a very competitive mood when I'm watching the San Francisco Giants play. There's nothing like watching the World Champions do their thing.
5. If you consider yourself a talkative person, what puts you in a quiet mood? If you consider yourself a quiet person, what puts you in a talkative mood?
I'm definitely a talkative person. The same things that make me contemplative (see umber 4, above) also make me quiet. A lover's tongue or cock in my mouth also tends to shut me up, too.
6. What can a person do that will instantly put you in a sexy mood?
Whispering something naughty in my ear does it every single time. Kissing my neck is a close second. Those things will put me in the mood no matter what, but my honey can do many other things that put me in a sexy mood -- a special glance, a sexy message, a gentle kiss, a light touch on the back of my hand or my cheek.
Bonus: What song puts you in a sexy mood?
Eric Clapton's acoustic version of Layla. I can't listen to it without starting to dance the kind of dance that only belongs in the bedroom or a strip club.
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