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Spinning wheels

Posted by TheFallen on February 05, 2003

In Reply to: Spinning wheel posted by Sara on February 05, 2003

: Hi,

: Can anyone tell me what does the following sentence mean?

: "a creative process that often looked to outsiders like 'spinning wheels'".

: I cannot see the meaning of the image "spinning wheels".

: Thanks! Sara

My instant reaction was to think of spinning wheels as in the legend of Sleeping Beauty, spindles and all. However, I would suspect that in your quotation "spinning wheels" refers to the wheels of a car stuck in mud or loose dirt, wheels spinning frantically, but no progress being achieved. This would make more sense I think, although you don't provide much context - whoever is being described creates whatever he's creating via a process that to the casual observer would seem to be aimless and futile.