March 10, 2017 by Petrea
I read somewhere that one of the hardest things about working at home is actually making yourself work. That’s partly true for me; no one is watching over me and it’s tempting to goof off. But I do get a lot of writing done. You can tell because I don’t get any housework done.
Here’s the technique I used to get the photo above. You can try this at home:
1. Allow a spider to make her web as big as she wants to make it.
2. Allow the window to get dirty (best if the neighbors on that side have a gardener with a power mower that kicks up dust). Wait until the spider gets tired of the old web and moves on, leaving behind icky bits of past meals.
(Note: steps 1 and 2 require the same amount of time, about twice the life span of a spider. Also note, this spider web is outside the window, but either an interior or exterior web will work.)
3. Happen by at the right time of day and happen to have a camera. This is crucial, because if you run off to get your camera, by the time you get back the sunlight will have moved on.
No one’s going to criticize your housework. If you’re like me, you are your own worst critic. I think of my windows as art projects. It fools me for a while, until I can’t stand it anymore. Then I take a day off from writing. Like maybe today.