What Does Writing Smell Like?

On my way to Everything Mason Jars one day, I saw a fancy-candle store. I've wanted a fancy candle for some time, so I popped in. Hi, welcome to Everything Candles! We have a hundred different fragrances. I'm Sandra. Can I help you? Me: Do you have a candle that smells like ? Sandra: What does writing smell like? Me: Ozone, maybe? With top notes of burning, or metal, or burning metal. Or an electrical fire. Live wires sparking and smoking. Solder? Something that blends the flash of an idea and the slow burn of wrestling it into something real. Something that will get me fat stacks or fame. Do you have anything that smells like that? Sandra: I'm not sure. . . . We have one that smells like cotton. Me: Cotton, O.K., I might be able to work with that. Clean, like freshly laundered sheets pinned to a line in the sun, next to a country cottage or a villa, which is empty except for a table and chair for writing, perhaps near a meadow or orchard for meditative walks in the fresh morning air. Sandra: We do have an apple-scented candle! Me: No, that will make me hungry and want a snack. Getting a snack is not writing. Sandra: Just a quick snack, and you'll get right back to it. It's not like you're cooking a meal. Me: Steak! I'm certain that writing smells […]

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