I’m sure many have wondered and maybe some have ‘Googled’the marvellous word ‘moodling’, or researched it in other ways? It happens thata faraway friend (he is way Upover in Canada, while I am way Downunder in Australia), has asked me what I meant when I named my website — ceedee moodling.
I first encountered it (and fell in love with it), when described by Barbara Ueland in her book ‘So You Want to Write…’
“The imagination needs moodling,–long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ”
and in another’s words –
it basically means daydreaming with a pencil in your hand—you can do it on a computer, but I think it is more productive with the added quiet of pencil and paper—and not forcing yourself to write anything …
**I must disagree here… I use both, dependent on mood/back-ache/’too much time already spent in front of computer’, scream my eyes!/and sometimes there’s just too much copiying and cutting and pasting for the written word to cope with.
The Writing Process – Moodling. In fact, if you typically use brainstorming, then you probably do a bit of moodling between ideas anyway. The etymology of the word “moodle” is unclear, but it was used in the early 20th century to essentially mean dawdling and frittering away time while letting your mind wander and chew on thoughts in a relaxed way.
Hmm… yes (I whisper, eyes gone dreamy with the imagining, and the remembering of how much I loved others putting into words what was only in my heart and soul at that time), and find myselfeven more in love with those words than ever.
And of course, you know the ‘ceedee’ stands for my ‘initial’ ..initials, C.D. Larsen.
So, there you go… the explanation of ceedee moodling. Kinda sweet, huh? (And MOST appropriate for me and my cluttered attic some laughingly call a ‘brain’).