In her Artist’s Way series of books, Julia Cameron suggests that artists take an Artist Date every week to fill their creative well. These creative adventures often inspire or show a different perspective to what the artist has been working on, or just provide a prompt to stimulate the imagination.
Lately, my creative well had dried up.
Every time I go into work at the bookstore, though, I feel that I have an Artist’s Date. I never know whom I’ll meet or what they’ll say. Saturday was no exception.
I had just finished ringing up a purchase when the customer asked me, “Do you play games?”
I gingerly handed her the receipt and said, “Could you be more specific?” I wasn’t sure if she was asking if I was a playa, a swinger, or a Monopoly enthusiast.
She told me that she was working with a client that manufactured a game for baby showers. “Basically, it’s Pin the Tail on the Donkey, except the tail is a baby and the donkey is a vajayjay.”
“You mean a vagina?” I’ve always been fairly clinical when it comes to matters below the waist, so I wanted to ensure there was no misunderstanding.
“Yeah,” she said. “Do you think you’d be interested in carrying it here in your store?”
I paused. She probably thought I was deliberating about the probability of being able to sell such a game in the shop; however, I was trying to figure out how one spells vajayjay. (I actually had to look it up on Google, if you can believe it.) “I don’t think our customers would be interested,” I said. “And the people who would be interested, probably wouldn’t think to look here, either. It’s a great idea, though.”
After the customer had left, I found myself speculating on the technical aspects of the Pin the Baby on the Vajayjay game. I imagined that a small piece of velcro could be applied to the back of the baby, which would easy attach to the vejayjay, unless it had received a Brazilian wax. Then again, if the game came with detachable pubic hair, it could help keep the game challenging for players who had mastered the basic level at previous baby showers. Then again, if one just served alcohol at the shower, that would make the game progressively more challenging, anyway.
I’d never been to a baby shower before, so it got me thinking about what fun, creative ideas I could come up with to amuse guests. Maybe the guests could bond by eating a communal gummi afterbirth. This, of course, reminded me of the time that I had to prepare a presentation for Jonathan Swift’s essay “A Modest Proposal” in my college English class, and I served my no-nonsense teacher lime Jell-o with a plastic baby doll in the middle of it. He actually giggled when I served it to him.
I realized that my creative well had been replenished without eating any afterbirth or encapsulating a baby doll in gelatin. My writer’s block was gone.
I made a mental note: You never know who’s vajayjay will get your creative juices flowing again, so to speak.