Day 10: Filling The Well/ Pigeon Stalking

Today’s Word Count Goal: 23,600

Today’s Word Count So-Far: 18,782

Total Word Count Goal: 50,000


Julia Cameron writes about the concept of filling the well in her creativity bible, The Artist’s Way. “As artists we must learn to be self-nourishing,” she writes. “We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them–to restock the trout pond, so to speak.”

I’ve certainly been drawing on my creative resources over the past ten days, and yesterday, I went out to replenish them. I went pigeon stalking.

Pigeons are everywhere, but I’ve been keeping a little list of especially abundant pigeon haunts.

I took a long walk yesterday through the Embarcadero area, Justin Herman Plaza, North Beach, and Chinatown. I watched a lot of pigeons and photographed a few too. And I wrote.

Here are my planned pigeon-related field trips this month:

  • Civic Center/Tenderloin:
    • Hibernia Bank
    • Main Library
    • Hallidae Plaza
    • various street corners
    • Civic Center & Powell St BART stations
  • the mysterious and fabled pigeon pond in Golden Gate Park
  • Embarcadero
    • Justin Hermann Plaza
    • Noah’s bagel’s
    • Red’s Java House
    • docks
    • Bay Bridge lower deck eves
  • The San Francisco Zoo
  • Mission BART stations

Any other suggestions?

Watch the Sexy Grammarian participate in National Novel Writing Month for the third year in a row. I’ll post word counts and worries here daily, Tweet about it, raise funds for the Office of Letters And Light, and host Meet Me/Tweet Me open loft writing sessions all month long.

  1. You’ve got to hit the corner at 16th and Guerrero. For some unknown reason the utility lines there are often weighed down with pigeons…and the sidewalk will attest to that 🙂

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