The Adaptive Katydid
I love discovering new things. So, when the striped wings of an unidentifiable insect caught my eye in the dirt yesterday, I ran for the camera. That’s probably of no surprise to anyone who knows me or reads my blog.
But what may surprise you, as it did me (once I figured out what the insect was), is the adaptive nature of this Creosote Bush katydid.
Apparently this species of Katydid is a recent evolutionary wonder, having been prompted by the arrival of the Creosote Bush in the Sonoran Desert some 11,000 years ago. When the Creosote Bush spread, it became a viable meal for lots of herbivores. But it does offer some challenges: high resin concentrations, anti-feeding phytochemicals, low-moisture, leathery leaves, and unique colors and textures.
This means some feeders have not only had to adapt to eat the Creosote Bush, but also have adapted their colors and patterns to match. This katydid is one such adaptive grazer!
For Writers: Adaptation is an interesting concept for writers, as I think we are constantly adapting and evolving in our craft at both a macro and micro level. We’re constantly adapting to macro-level market changes – i.e. these days, we’re not just writers; we’re also expected to be marketers of our work. That means we are generally expected to participate in social media, write blogs and understand general business principles that will help drive sales. And we’re supposed to be thinking creatively about how we can adopt new technology (think iPad) and add it to our arsenal of storytelling skills.
But in addition to that, I think we adapt at a micro level, daily, finding the right schedule/routine that works best for our writing. What tweaks and adaptations have you made to your writing life that make you more productive?
Have you found that your creative juices flow more in the morning, afternoon or the evening? Is it easier to write your blogs over the weekend so you aren’t pulled from your novel writing during the week? Do you only schedule blog-surfing once a week? Do you limit your Twitter and Facebook time? How do you juggle your paying work (or full-time job) with your creative work? Half day creative/half day paid? Or every other day? Have you discovered inspirational triggers that allow you to dig right in to your writing? What works for you? Or … are you continually adapting?
To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me. What I have learned is that morning outdoor exercise is hugely inspirational for my writing. And I’ve learned that blogging, while also inspirational, is best done over the weekend so that I’m not waylaid from my novel writing. The rest – best time of day, how much time to spend on the various parts of a writer’s life, and how best to juggle the paid and creative work – I’m still adapting to. What about you?
Thanks to go to www.arizonesis.org for the Creosote Bush Katydid information!