It is possible to be quiet in our nation's capital.
I talk a lot. I'd like to break this habit by spending one full day being quiet to see what happens to my concentration and writing.
Everyday, I talk to my husband and on the phone with my parents and friends. I talk to myself while I'm working on the computer. I talk to students from online and in-person classes, as well as private clients.
Does Facebook count? Since posts appear right after they are written, if someone responds, a live conversation can emerge since each speaker is at a computer/mobile device.
I'm giving myself a silent challenge this Sunday. I'm going stay silent for the entire day:
no phone calls
no talking to anyone
I think that also means not leaving the house, in order to truly stay not only silent, but also quiet. I will allow myself to answer emails (I'm sure there will be student emails to attend to) and occasionally singing along with my Pandora station. My hope is that I will be able to focus on some poetry writing and revision while also resting a bit.
My husband will be out of town and I let him know (warned him?) about this short-term experiment.
You have now been warned as well. I'll check back in on Wednesday, after the holiday weekend, to let you know how it goes.