Posted by Kelli Joan Bennett
Day 59. Today is fuzzy. Exciting but fuzzy. I’ve just confirmed the date and time for the first meeting between my first project’s writer and director, Im prepping to launch my first contributor’s column, the paperwork for my taxes is strewn about in piles by category, scene 12 waits to be finished, and I’m hungry. Thus the exciting but fuzzy bit. It’s all exciting but I’m a tad fuzzy due to said hunger and low blood sugar. This reminds me of H.A.L.T. It’s those wise folks at Alcoholics Anonymous that came up with the handy H.A.L.T. acronym. I’m not in AA but when an acting teacher told me about H.A.L.T., it just made sense. It stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Whenever you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired, you need to “halt” and take care of yourself, fill those needs, calm the hell down, talk to a friend or go to sleep. The idea is that if the substance abuser is hungry, angry, lonely or tired they’ll fall off whatever wagon they’re on way easier. I think H.A.L.T. can be used by anybody, whether they’re drunks, druggies or just your average person trying to stay on the productivity wagon and get shit done. It seems reasonable to me that if you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired your creative work or any work you’re trying to get done for that matter will suffer. I really want to stay on the “get shit done” wagon so, I’m going to halt and eat. Maybe some brownies! Hmmmm, perhaps that’s another wagon I should consider getting on?
Until tomorrow, create from what you have…and H.A.L.T. as needed.