Friday, November 13, 2009

Breathing through both nostrils

A short, kind of silly post today. Maggie Stiefvater (author of 'Shiver') posted about numbers.

Number of emails received, comments replied to, harp strings she strung by hand, and randomly, the number of nostrils one breathes through at any one time. The answer is one, which I knew (trivia heard from someone sometime in the past, those pieces of info which you're never quite sure where they came from). But she noted that it's connected to which side of the brain is dominant. Left brain, right nostril, right brain, left nostril. Of course, as she knew readers would, I checked to see which nostril I was breathing.

Apparently my left brain is hard at work right now. [Or at least, it was when I first checked.] So I was thinking, despite my desire to post on this blog, or edit my synopsis, or work on book 2, I had no motivation to do any of it. Perhaps because my creative brain was chillin' at the time. Then I read that and thought I'd post about that.

...Which I didn't do for a while. I still wasn't in the right frame of mind to write anything. I check again, as I finally start writing, and I'm breathing through my left nostril now (right brain woke up).

heh. Just some fun facts/coincidences. Apparently it also goes through two- to four-hour schedules, shifting from one to the other. Maybe I should check throughout the day, whenever I'm breathing through my left nostril, rush to open a Word doc. ;)


writtenwyrdd said...

I find the nostril thing hard to believe. But then I would, because I breathe through both, according to my random tests taken over the course of several minutes, lol.

Sabrina said...

I've been randomly testing for the past few days (not in a weird obsessive way, ;P just once or twice a day, if it crosses my mind), and I do only breathe through one, but of course, block that one and you easily breathe through the other. What I'm not so sure about is the left brain, right brain bit. It's strikes me as too much like the 'we only use 10% of our brain' statement.

One of these days I will research the origins of both those ideas, just to see how much truth lies in the 'everyone says so'ness of it all.