Self-Portrait. 1512. Biblioteca Reale in Turn. Photo from
Self-Portrait. 1512. Biblioteca Reale in Turn. Photo from

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I feel guilty about something. See, April 15th was Leonardo da Vinci’s 563rd birthday, and while I tweeted and Facebooked and Instagramed about the big day, I didn’t say a word about it on this blog…

For Michelangelo’s birthday, I went all out with a sappy, gushy post. And since Michelangelo and Leonardo are BOTH main characters in my upcoming novel, I really should have done a post for the Master from Vinci, too. Like a mom who accidentally showed favoritism toward one of her kids, I feel guilty.

I feel particularly badly because of what I was doing INSTEAD of writing a blog about Leo’s b-day.

Was I ensconced in a library doing research for my next book? Was I on the phone with my editor addressing Oil and Marble revisions? Did I have some big family emergency? Nope. None of those. Instead of commemorating Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, I was very, very, very busy…


So I feel guilty…

Until I remind myself that there is something seriously beautiful about the fact that I ignored Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday to lay around all day and think about completely unproductive things.

Because Leonardo was the Master of Daydreaming.

He was notorious for wandering around the town and countryside for days, just thinking, before applying a single brushstroke to one of his paintings. He daydreamed about aging and optics, flowers and horses, shadows and human flight… and who knows what else. Leonardo didn’t feel guilty about daydreaming, he embraced it.

“Men of lofty genius, when they are doing the least work
are the most active.” – LdaV

And look at what he created because of all that mental wandering: the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper; designs for flying machines, tanks, and scuba gear; breakthroughs in anatomy, perspective, and biology.

Now, I didn’t solve the problem to human flight during my daydreaming session, but I did solve a few problems in my next novel. All while thinking about something else.

So, take a page from one of Leonardo’s notebooks (pictures below to inspire you) and dream your day away. You never know what you might think up.

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