Color My World
I recently discovered nail polish. Now, you’d think a woman of my age would have discovered this beauty enhancement long ago, but it never really appealed to me. Then, for my birthday last month, I got my first-ever manicure.
I couldn’t decide on a color, so I got a rainbow. When I was a girl, this wasn’t an option. Nail polish came in shades of red, pink, and peach. If you wanted to be radical, you could go with a hint of lavender. But blue, green, yellow? Those shades were almost unheard of.
While I liked the whimsy of my rainbow nails, I wasn’t 100% happy with them. The yellow was too light, and the green wasn’t to my taste. But I did like having a different color on each nail. So when my manicure was beyond repair, I redid my nails in a modified rainbow. I’m still not crazy about this color combination (my husband says it looks like M&Ms), but I’m going to keep experimenting. The fact is, I just love looking at that burst of color all day long.
Writers suffer from a sort of sensory deprivation—we spend a lot of time in our heads, and the main focus of our attention is the computer screen. It’s very much a black-and-white world. Introducing color, sound, or scent into my workspace lifts my spirits and grounds me to my surroundings. I keep a pack of gum at my desk as a peppermint pick-me-up. And of course, a cup of coffee. Writers love coffee.
The careful, studious girl I used to be would never have worn rainbow nail polish. It’s liberating—a statement that I am an artist. That maybe I don’t mind if I stand out a little in a crowd. That I’m unique, and I have a voice.
So maybe whimsical nail polish will become part of my author image. At this point, it’s too soon to tell. I’m a work in progress. And I hope I never stop experimenting.
What do you do to avoid sensory deprivation when you’re working on the computer?