Candace Hughes’ photographs continue in Apache Junction City Hall and Library art show.
Daily journal prompts begin writing process January 19, 2018
A daily recording of thoughts such as the choice to get started with writing is assisted by The Daily Stoic Journal 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on The Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. Today I also used a blog post from “The art of writing” by Paulo Coelho which reminded me to use the pen as if it is a precious object. Other concepts include “idea-ology” stickers by Jim Holtz with phrases to guide me onwards.
Morning pages get me started January 18, 2018
I use The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and in particular her Creativity Cards to begin each day’s session of writing. “Finding it hard to begin a project does not mean you will not be able to do it. It means you will need help–from your higher power, from supportive friends, and from yourself.” This card is particularly appealing as I look at all the ways I receive assistance with my writing life. Another daily habit is studying a page from The Elements of Style. “Omit needless words in my favorite entry.”
Help from friends guides writer January 17, 2018
I have a number of people assisting me in my writing life. They include my Mom, who unearthed this index card from a high school or college class. In addition, the encouragement of meaning and mission comes from We Were Eight Years in Power along with the reminder to write on my blog. Adam J. Kurtz’s Things are What You Make of Them brings me daily ideas to keep my production going. I often read and reread the essay from The New Yorker “What Mary Oliver’s Critics Don’t Understand.” As the article states, Oliver provides a blueprint for how to go about observing the natural world and producing art. The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore of Ohio University provides story starters that prompt me to find fresh ideas. Start Where You Are A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel tells me to go outside and write down what I see. “Forget the Career Ladder: Start Creating Assets” by Mark McGuinness helps me as I continue to change from journalism to creative nonfiction, poetry and essays. These and other writings are starting my day today.
Here are my title suggestions for my National Novel Writing Month project:
Stop and Smell the Cactus Flowers
Finding Myself in Nature
Natural Pain Relief: Essays on Living in and With the Desert
Meditations on a Thorny Landscape
Get Close But Don’t Touch: Essays on the Sonoran Desert
Listen and Look, but Don’t Touch: Writing in the Desert
Finding Hope in the Southwestern United States
Light in the desert
6 a.m. wake up call by birds
light through their wings as they call to each other
sunbeams pass by creosote flowers
insects glide into the haze
from last night’s dust storm
delights with many colors
and the chattering of birds