Scent-spiration Trial #1: Purification

A short while ago, I announced a brand new experimental program here at the State of Clayton that I'm calling Scent-spiration. (Missed the announcement? Click here to learn all about this particular branch of mad literary science!) Simply put, Scent-spiration is an ongoing experiment that seeks to determine whether or not different aromas--in this case, diffused essential oils--can inspire great writing.

Sweet, sweet oil.

Sweet, sweet oil.

Today, the first official trial gets underway.

The writing project: Anomaly Flats

The scent: A delightful little powerhouse called Purification

I decided to start with Purification because I'm working on the second draft of Anomaly Flats, and I'm hoping against hope that diffusing this particular oil will help me purify the manuscript of all the first-draft muck-ups. We'll see.

According to the Young Living website,

Purification® Essential Oil Blend helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils, and includes naturally occurring compounds cineol, neral, and geranial. 

My diffuser at work. It's like a mad science beaker of delight.

My diffuser at work. It's like a mad science beaker of delight.

I want to be honest: I straight up do not know what cineol, neral, or geranial are. I'm not entirely convinced that they exist. But what I do know is that this Purifcation oil smells insanely good, and I also know that when I put it in the diffuser, the thing spews the kind of smoke that would be right at home at the world's evilest laboratory. And I like that.

I'm going to be diffusing Purification all week as I work on the edits to Anomaly Flats. Will the scent inspire me to make better changes? To accomplish better rewrites? To get this novel to reach its full potential? I think it might. But you guys are going to have to be the judge of that.

More on Purification and its impact on Anomaly Flats next week!