365 Self, weeks 9 & 10

week nine, eyes:

58. she gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes

59. and the sea is just a wetter version of the skies.

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365 Self, weeks 7 & 8

Week seven, outside: 44. "is the spring coming?" he said. "what is it like?"

45. and there the moon-bird rests from his flight to cool in the peppermint wind.

46. she says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.

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23. this is my knife. it is very sharp and very eager to hurt you.
I’ve started so many new projects this month that I haven’t had time to actually sit down and write about them. I’m doing another 365 self portrait project, technically my 5th, though it’s my 4th shared online. I’m doing a different theme every week to give it structure and it’s definitely keeping me inspired.

sketch-a-day January 1 - 4

I got another sketch a day journal for Christmas. I filled my last one from my 27th birthday to my 28th and it was a lot of fun. This year I’m coloring my sketches as well.

January board.

Another Christmas gift that has unexpectedly changed my life is this dry erase calendar that attaches to the fridge. I have planned a menu every week this month (is it more impressive to say this year? I’ve planned a menu every week this year!) as well as outlined my daily housework tasks. I keep it fairly general, I focus on a single room every day, with Fridays open for whatever problem areas I might have noticed over the week. I don’t let myself worry about anything but the task at hand and I feel so much calmer.

I could also be feeling calmer because I started the DoYouYoga 30 Day Yoga Challenge on the 11th. I finished day 19 today and I can’t imagine starting my day without yoga anymore. I’ll have to find something else to do once the challenge ends! I would like to get back into regular pilates as well, because that always made me happy, but I injured myself last Autumn and felt like I needed something less aerobic to ease myself into a regular fitness routine.

NaNoWriMo: Day 12

onion cry face.Yesterday I was feeling so dull in the head. I just wanted something buzzy to happen, something magical to kickstart my creativity.  My shutter finger was feeling particularly itchy. I just finished up a few photo projects a couple of months ago.  I thought it would be a treat to only have TWO coinciding with NaNoWriMo. I photograph dinner every time I cook and take at least one photo a day, trying to capture something that represents the day well, sort of a photo diary. Sometimes this month it has just been the photo I took of dinner! I feel especially awesome when I am doing about 10 things at once that I don’t actually have to do. Hire me to actually do one of these things and I will feel miserable. Unless I love you.

The point is, I needed something. I remembered this project I did in May of 2008 where I asked people to request a photo of something they would like to see inside my home. Yesterday I took a photo and tossed it onto flickr, facebook and this blog in search of requests and got about a dozen.  I set myself up with the challenge to work on my novel between a certain number of them. The request for tea leaves forced me into the kitchen with my NaNoWriMo mug. This was probably the best part. In years past I made green tea before I wrote every day. My little rituals change year by year and I forgot what an impetus to word count green tea is. So my mind felt buzzy with creativity, my head felt clear and sharp, and I had fun taking photos and getting some writing done.

As awesome as I felt, I didn’t get to write two full half hours, so I only got 1,494 words for the day. This was fine because I have held a steady lead most of the month, even with the day off I took last week. Once again, I skipped the second half hour session so I could make a really delicious dinner. An artic front (yay!) moved in and it’s  soup weather! I made a tortilla soup with sweet potato, spinach, a whole onion (see onion cry face, above) and black beans topped with avocado and salsa, a margarita on the side.  Simply cannot wait to chomp on leftovers this afternoon.



21278 / 50000 words. 43% done!

things… around the house

Per my previous entry, which was crossposted to flickr & facebook, the things around my house that people asked to see!

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my screen door.

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my sock drawer.

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under the bed (there’s a rug!)

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one word. (loved this request!)

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my nightmare before christmas collection (decided to tuck most of it away with Halloween this year, to keep it special!)

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my “medicine chest” is just the top of the refrigerator.

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my junk drawer.

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Nolan (the hanging skeleton!) got particular attention.

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a piece of garbage (awaiting recycling. I need to get an attractive recycling bin!)

november 12: a thing
used tea leaves. (this was a great excuse to drink some tea in my nanowrimo mug yesterday!)

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a book shelf!

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our no two drinking glasses alike collection (but it’s not quite that!)

I had so much fun with these requests! I wrote  a little more about how it helped my creative process  in my blog about NaNoWriMo: Day 12. Consider the request open indefinitely, though my response time might lag a bit.

a thing. a photo thing.

Some of you might remember this thing I did 5 1/2 years ago where I took photo requests for random things around my house. It was fun and distracting and I could use some of that right now. This is the set. A lot has changed in 5 1/2 years though, so repeat suggestions would be delightful.


basically: Tell me something in my home that you want to see and I will try to take a(n interesting) photo of it.
Look I got you started, there’s one of my smoke detectors.

This post brought to you by: NaNoWriMo procrastination. ;)