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writing practice, practice in general

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I really appreciate all the suggestions and questions, here, and on my instagram post, about things you’d like me to write about this summer. I’ve given myself a little (lighthearted) challenge to post something daily during this first month of summer, leading up to a much-needed and much-anticipated, beach vacation escape. I’m hoping that I can get back into the practice of writing – it’s not unlike the practice of anything else I do. I’ve been reasonably successful at scheduling in time each day / week for cooking good food, exercising, reading for pleasure, etc., that I feel like it’s time to pick up the same practice for the act of writing. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or polished or full of well-lit, well-edited photographs. It just needs to be something.

I wrote down all of your ideas, and the outline filled two pages. If you think of anything else, please let me know. I’ve fleshed the list out with a few ideas of my own. When I publish this post we’ll be on the other side of one of the busiest stretches of life that I’ve think we’ve encountered yet – it’s really stretched from our NYC trip in mid-March through the violin concert and reception last night. E’s done with seventh grade, F’s wrapping up first grade today. We have the glorious look-ahead to a three-day weekend; it couldn’t come at a better time. I have things that I hope to do, but at the top of the list is sleep. Good, hard sleep, on clean white sheets, under a lazily spinning fan, well past the point that daylight and birdsong floods the room. And then, some writing.

i miss this place, i miss this space

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I’ve been thinking about places / spaces a lot lately. It’s a common theme in the books and articles I’ve been reading, and I’ve been using those two words interchangeably in recent conversations as well. I’m not sure they should be interchanged so freely; I wonder now about the difference between their definitions, but I don’t have time to look them up or study them. So naturally I do.

space. n. 1. a continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied. 2. the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.
syn: room, capacity, area, volume, expanse, extent, scope, latitude, margin, leeway, play, clearance.

place. n. 1. a particular position or point in space. 2. a portion of space available or designated for or being used by someone. “a place was reserved for her”
syn: location, site, spot, setting, position, situation, area, region, locale.

The differences are interesting to me. I’ll ruminate on those another day. For now I’ll pick out the meaty parts – this space has certainly been unoccupied lately. I tumble from one thing to the next at breakneck speed until I collapse into bed each night. It’s okay though, I’ve been here before. I am good at many of these things, and I’m glad to do them. I’m trying to do them well.

I’ll get back to this place soon. “a place was reserved for her” – what a treat to read that as an example. I’d like to set a goal for myself to post daily, in smaller doses, for the next month – starting later next week. I have so many notes on things I’ve wanted to talk about and share, and I can see a light at the end of the tunnel on so many of these outside commitments that have been demanding my time these days.

I thought I’d open the floor to you a bit as well. Anything in particular you’d like me to write about, update on, answer in this area? I’ve got thirty pieces to write – what would you like to hear more about or see more of? Let’s call this a kickoff to summer, a gentle nudge back into regular writing, filling this space. Reclaiming this place.

 

a week of writing

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It’s Friday evening, and I’m calling this work week officially done. I’ve been working on the (almost) final draft of a project that sort of feels like I’m writing a thesis. In general, I like to write – and I’m pretty quick about it most days. But sometimes in the office it’s hard to really hunker down and tune everything else out, so I’ve really had to push myself this week. I just sent the update along to the client, and now I’m heading into a (much needed) long weekend ahead. Here are a few thoughts on writing this week:

I realized last weekend that I was out of thank you notes, so I decided to order some photo cards from Artifact Uprising. I like their paper, and their site is really easy to use, plus you can just access your Instagram feed directly and I was looking for a casual feel (as opposed to the more polished, professional holiday cards). I thought I’d grab a festive holiday shot, but I wasn’t as inspired by the holly jolly anymore – maybe because my house is still overrun with holiday decorations in various stages of disassembly – so I kept searching backwards in my feed. And there was “Stubborn / Grumpy Panda”, and I dropped it in and sent my order along. It’s sort of weird, but I kind of love it too – especially with the big, bold THANKS – exclamation point !!! It makes me smile, so hopefully it will make others giggle too.

So I’m also writing thank you notes.

M and I used a shared Google spreadsheet this past holiday to organize and divide and conquer our gift giving list. It was his idea, but I latched onto it pretty quickly. I instituted a color scheme, and I highlighted items in process ‘yellow’ (ordered, ingredients purchased, project being made)  and items done ‘green’ (delivered, completed, wrapped and ready). We had a side column that kept our to-do lists organized for how we were getting everything done, and it make tracking the status of various items a lot easier. Plus, it was a good double check when we were packing – we did leave town one year with all the wrapped gifts but none of the Santa gifts that were hidden away – that was a complete bummer. The system worked so well that I decided to start a new one with house projects. I’m kind of craving a long list that slowly turns green over time. Check, check, done. I need a little more ‘done’ in my life right now.

So I’m also writing elaborate to-do lists.

When my blog was down and lost for several days, I had a million ideas for posts I wanted to write. Now it has returned, and I’m too tired in the evenings to write anything. Maybe I need to make another spreadsheet for blog ideas, and then mark them off, one by one, with colored cells. January requires a whole new level of motivation, particularly on a cool, damp Friday night.

So now I’ve written this post as well.

Onto the weekend – I hope you have a nice one!