Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Revisionista: Update & Goals July 27 - Aug 2

Bonjour Swimmers!

Well, we're entering the last week of July, and just think, I bet we're each ending the month with a few more words, discoveries, questions, & passions than we had when July began. I love how this group is helping to make the creative process (and the highs & lows that go with it) visible and maybe just a little more comfortable.

So, last week I said I would
  • YES! Continue morning pages each day: I'm spicing mine up with markers, drawings, paint & glitter in an attempt to tap into my right brain first thing.
  • YES! Write on CH 1 at least 15min FIRST thing after breakfast
  • Made progress on M but didn't finish (but I did start typing up what I've written so far!) Finish M's pov, paste in L's pov from previous draft, figure out what's next
  • YES! (2) 2-3 blog posts
  • YES! keep reading each day; choose a new book
Reward: Artist Retreat Weekend (Saturday) ~~ I'll post more about this on my blog. It's basically an all-day Artist Date with lots of fun treats mixed in. This retreat was definitely one of the best things I've done for myself in a long time. I painted, I modpodged, I got covered in glitter, I doodled. It was so much fun to just explore and play without having any real product in mind. As soon as I get the pics off my camera, I'll share my creations and discoveries on my blog.

So, after such a luxurious weekend reveling in all things creative, I was not prepared for the start of a new week. I've noticed that after a fabulous-everything's-clicking-together week, I usually have a lackluster couple of days where I'm feeling all out of sorts. Kinda like the feeling I sometimes get the morning after a really kick ass party where I wake up tired & crashing from all the conversational, sugar-induced highs, wishing that the party was still going. To counteract that feeling this week, I'm going to keep my goals modest:

  • morning pages: continue to incorporate sketches, doodles, etc
  • 15min/weekday on CH 1 of the research book
  • 15min/day on le novel
  • 1-2 Italian podcasts
  • read for fun (am loving my book baths--such a great way to drift off into a book w/o interrupting self w/ internet, etc)
  • 2-3 blog posts
Reward: if I finish CH 1 of the novel this week, I'm taking a day off and going exploring for a new piece for my wardrobe--I'm hoping to find something that reflects the new sense of self I've gained this summer. We'll see.... [hahaha~~just realized this morning that it should be CH 1 of the RSCH BOOK!!!! not the Novel. My basement girls have different priorities I guess ;)]

I'm looking forward to taking a closer look & commenting on everyone's posts in the next couple days.

Wishing each of you a writing week filled with discovery.

Ciao bellas!


  1. Congratulations on achieving your goals! And yes, you deserve a couple of 'days off' after such a success. What are the Italian podcasts?
    I look forward to seeing your glittery creations (well done for a fantastic Artist's Date, I never get to do a whole day one...) Let us know what new piece of clothing you get. I like the idea of clothes showing the spirit of the moment.
    Have a nice and creative week.

  2. Your Artist Retreat Weekend sounnds marvelous! But could you please inform me as to the wonder that is ModPodge? I've heard so much about it, but I'm not entirely sure what it is. Is it just glue? Or can I paint it over a collage to keep it together? And what's the diff. between regular and glossy?

  3. Ohhh your Artist's Date sounds amazing! I can't wait for the pictures!

  4. YES! That word just jumps right off your post and flings its arms up in the air out of sheer joy for all your success last week. Even our understated little template looks perkier for it.

    Last week was my fabulous-and-productive week as well, and I'm feeling the same sort of post-success slump. Well done for recognizing it early and knowing yourself that well: I always make my lists for the following week when I'm still on the high of the previous week, and that might have been just a tad too ambitious this time.

    Can't wait to see what and how your artist day played out!

  5. Your Artist Retreat weekend sounds like it was divine. I cannot wait to read more about it on your blog.

    Also, I think it is great that you are incorporating sketches, doodles and other colorful things in to your morning pages. I might just have to give that a try myself.

  6. I loved this post - your happiness and fulfillment just jumped off the page :)