I can’t believe it’s only been 11 days since I started my morning pages challenge. However, out of the other side of my mouth, I can’t believe I’ve stuck with it for 11 days! As predicted, writing in the morning is TOUGH for me. It seems that my first few words are always: sleepy. tired. grumpy. It has also served as a great place to record my dreams. They have been active and weird lately. But I’ve found a bit of a rhythm and it’s always hard to cut myself off in order to get ready for the day. Saturday morning’s pages were great because I could write as long as I wanted. I hate racing the morning clock. I have learned that it takes me about 15 to write the three pages. You would think that I could get up earlier, but it’s just not possible. But a clock does make me get right to it, spit out what I want to say. I started on the first day with an unexpected genre (or theme rather?) and I have continued building on it each day — even if it’s only one of the three pages. We’ll see if it turns into something more. For now, I’m just sticking to the plan — three pages, first thing in the morning.
P.S. So this weekend I discovered this new app that turns your photos into watercolor portraits… Umm, maybe I spent too much time playing with it!
I’m doing it! There is no putting it off any longer — I’m finally starting this new year (a month late) with a new personal challenge. Have you ever read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? My writing facilitator from years ago recommended it to me and I have continually referred back to it throughout the years. At the heart of The Artist’s Way is the practice of “Morning Pages.” Cameron suggests, no matter what your creative discipline, taking the time to fill three pages first thing in the morning is at the heart of freeing our artistic self. These words need not be taken too seriously. The three pages can be stream of consciousness, lists, feelings, thoughts…whatever is in your mind first thing in the morning.
Yes, this will be difficult for yours truly. I am NOT a morning person. At all. I am more of a write-until-my-eyes-water-at-night kind of lady. And this means waking up to allow extra time — whaaat?!! However, I want to give this an honest go. And one way to do that is with public accountability. (I can always shame myself into writing!) I figured since the new month starts on Saturday, it’s as good a time as any to start something new. (And it’s super helpful that this is the shortest month!) This practice will also be difficult because February is a month full of visitors, parties, and working 3 jobs (two day-time gigs and the studio); but I am going to commit! Who’s with me?!
I am basically pulling an extreme-home-makeover on this studio this week. I will have the first writing workshop in this space on Saturday! The furniture is there, but it’s all the little things that get me. And because I’m a perfectionist it’s going to drive me nuts if it’s not, well, perfect. But honestly, I hope that the space is ever evolving — a little different each time you visit. And you know what — I don’t think my writing will be any different if my light installation doesn’t come together in time (well… maybe!). I can’t wait to post some finished pics next week!
I can’t wait to see you in the new year! Cheers!
This was the sunset from my building the other night. It offered the perfect warmth for such a cold night. And it warmed my heart a little too. I am making sloooow progress on the studio remodel and because I’m not writing but rather hammering, cutting, scraping, and painting I easily begin to doubt my vision. As I continue to purchase supplies, materials, furniture and fabric, I have begun to question: just what in the world am I doing?! But I know that’s just my critic rearing her loud head. She’s telling me that I’m going to be a big fat failure and that all this effort will be fruitless. No one will come. You’ll fail. And you know what — that might indeed happen. But at least I will have tried. I’m not a risk taker. But I am with this venture. But as I continue to pour out my heart (and sweat and a few tears), I choose to believe that those efforts will not be returned empty and that I will indeed succeed.
We are so close now — and it’s getting into a marathon mindset that is key for my mental stability. And I’m in this for the long haul!
Some things are completely unexpected, but you know it’s right when it happens. For some time I had been planning on opening my physical studio space in one place, but through a series of events I found a different space. Space *A* is brand new and sparkling (wifi included); space *B* is a bit more DIY. With much contemplation and a serious Pro-Con list, space *B* has become the new home for the Salt Water Writing Studio. It will take a few weeks longer than expected to be up and running — which means no more workshops for the rest of the year — but 2014 will bring bright, new things indeed. Keep checking back for progress reports and the *grand opening*.
Oh to the have the songwriting chops of one of my favorite American folk singer-songwriters, John Gorka. And seeing as how it’s Veterans Day today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite’s:
Let Them In by John Gorka on The Company You Keep
Let them in, Peter,
They are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired with the sun
Not wartime’s bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die
God knows how young they were to have to die
Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give roadhouse bands, not golden harps
To these our boys
And let them love, Peter
‘Cause they’ve had no time
They should have trees and bird songs
And hills to climb
The taste of summer in a ripened pear
And girls sweet as meadow winds
With flowing hair
Tell them how they are missed
And say not to fear
It’s gonna be alright
With us down here
Let them in, Peter…
That’s the good stuff. You can explore more of this talented writer here.
I am a visual person and a sucker for good packaging. I am not above picking out a good wine strictly by the label. Well, the same goes for a book. So it’s no wonder that I could spend an unhealthy amount of time on the website The Book Cover Archive. My time would be better spent actually reading those books rather than ogling and analyzing their covers. But I can’t help but think how lovely these would be as wallpaper…the second best thing to having the actual books on my shelves.