I started listening to the audiobook of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones yesterday. I read the book years ago when it came out, but the audio version’s read by Stephen King, and I’m a big enough fan that I wanted to listen to him read his own work.
The audio version is a pretty big time commitment — twenty disks! that’s a lot of hours — but so worth it. I keep finding phrases that hit my writer geek button. Like this one: I was a man who’d taught his mind to misbehave.
The main character in Bag of Bones is a fiction writer who’s found himself smack dab in the middle of Writer’s Block From Hell. Not only that, he’s begun to have dreams that are more than a tad bit disturbing. He describes himself as a man who forged his career on letting his imagination run wild, or in Stephen King’s words, taught his mind to misbehave.
I like that. A lot.
In fact, I think that’s what I’m going to go do now. Let my mind misbehave.