My Twelve Minute Brain

Short-Attention-Span-Brain-by-Steph-AbbottEach day, I follow a certain schedule. Change is infrequent, but I am flexible and only to a point. My patience has limits.

In fact, there is a specific window of time before my patience has met its limit—twelve minutes.

Twelve minutes is about as long as I can wait for just about anything:

  • Waiting to be seen by a doctor
  • A cup of coffee
  • A pot of spaghetti
  • A batch of cookies
  • A movie’s exposition
  • Crying
  • Complaining
  • Folding laundry
  • Searching for the other sock
  • Internet searches
  • Doodling
  • Planning for times when an activity will take longer than 12 minutes

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of all the things for which I might wait minutes. It just reflects the amount of time I can stay focused to write this blog post.


©2014 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.
Sunday, November 16, 2014. I wrote “My Twelve Minute Brain” this morning. I followed a writing prompt from Daily Prompt, “Waiting Room”: “’Good things come to those who wait.’ Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?” As my patience was about up, I created the image, “Short Attention Span Brain” based on a pencil sketch of a brain done by my son for his own short story, “The Land of Knowledge.” I created this doodle using ArtRage 4 on my laptop.

My Brain Mining for Meaning


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Mining for meaning, my brain is mapping.

Pictures and sounds funneling through the matter.

Slipping and sliding before grounding.

Landing squat then standing straight, these thoughts speak up.

Rousting the roots and considering their context, these baritones of banter are constantly beating for my attention.

Mining for meaning; then exclaiming with examples!

My tension rising with a thousand voices.

My mind is a chorus seeing, hearing, signing, and beating.


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Tonight’s post began from a writing challenge at One Word. I had 60 seconds to write something about the word “example.” The graphic is not mine. Whitemattertracking.jpg courtesy of the Brain Imaging Center at the University of Missouri. Check out the program in this article by Christian Basi, “The MU Brain Imaging  Center Offers State-of-the-Art Technology to Battle Neurological Disease