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Too Early For a Good Bourbon, and a Writing Session?


It’s only 10 in the morning, but realistically, I’ve been up for several hours, and the bottle of Bulleit was sitting right there, and I’m trying to get some writing done, so I mean, why not?

We’ve talked a bit about vices on this site, and while a good glass of something oaky and brown is definitely mine, we’ve really yet to hear about yours?

We don’t typically do a Question of the Day on the weekend, but since it is the weekend, let’s talk about what gets your mind going.

When you head toward your zone of creativity, what helps you get there?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “Too Early For a Good Bourbon, and a Writing Session?

  1. The Running Son
    July 20, 2013

    Funny Chris, I am getting so used to the Q’s and prompts that I miss them on weekends.

    I write on impulse mostly, terrible for the market, and deadlines. My motivators are things like tragic love affairs and catharses–troublesome to summon up regularly over a five day work week. Damn.

    That’s gotta change. Drink never really agreed with me, but something oaky sounds goood on a west coast American summer weekend morning.

    For the rest of the week, the Poetry Question’s Daily prompt and coffee will get my juices flowing. Then I begin sending off poetry pheromones

    and muses start juicing.


  2. kiwiskan
    July 20, 2013

    …which just goes to prove my theory, that getting up early in the morning is bad for your health 🙂

  3. Jay Mittener
    July 20, 2013

    I love this prompt. Xanax and sour patch kids are my go to vices when I need to write a paper or essay. I am one of those ADHD kids who as an adult has discovered that my insurance charges me about $200 a month for all forms of ADHD meds, but they only charge me about $1.24 for xanax! The xanax calms my busy mind so I can focus and the sour patch kids tickle my sensory needs, which also helps me focus. If I was a teacher, I’d put xanax inside sour patch kids and leave them on the kids’ desks. It’s probably good that M.Ed is not my course study!

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