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A club for those who would like to start, continue, and find support for a daily creative habit.

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  2. @Sandi Wiseheart After repurposing that post, I also repurposed some old tweets and I think tomorrow I might hunt down some old emails where I gave lengthy advice that might be useful to more than just the person who asked for it. I also learned something new today (how to use open source software called Phplist to self-host a mailing list instead of using MailChimp or similar) and will try to write that up soon. Also? I rarely use pictures. If you stick with 1 - 3, I think that's fine.
  3. @Kimberly HirshAll that blather said and done: If you discover any useful ideas for repurposing other writings into a blog post, I am all ears! edited to add your name!
  4. @Kimberly Hirsh You know, I just recently started thinking about repurposing my writings in various places for my blog. It would help me post more often, which would make me happy (and apparently, it would make my readers happier, too). It’s not as though I don’t write very much each day; the only days where I write fewer than 1500 words are days when I am sick or REALLY busy. It’s just a matter of where I have written my usual couple of thousand words a day. Apologies for the twisted double negative phrase back there. Attempt at humour got lost in the tangle. I meant that writing a bunch of words a day is not one of my problems, oddly enough. So, when I say I am blocked in terms of my blog, hmm. Wonder what I mean there. Ah. Perhaps it is that I feel unable to write words for public consumption, I bet that’s it. I can give you 1500 words on various topics, no problem—but only if I don’t have to show those words to anyone. (Interesting.) I think I also have to get used to a concept that many many bloggers embraced long ago: I do not have to have a whack of photos in every single post. Personally, I love photos on other people’s blogs, and think that sometimes, they are the best part of a post! But come on. I don’t need a half-dozen pics per post. Three. Three could be a good number. Or even two. Heck. I’ve seen Steph write lots of posts without a photo, or perhaps only a pic of the sock of the day. However, she IS the Harlot, and I a mere mortal, so there’s that. 😂 Wow. I just had a big personal lightbulb go off right there. Not ready to share it yet, but see? This is what writing does for me. It opens me up, helps me to connect to others (and vice versa), and lets me see into some fascinating interior landscapes. It also keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. Mostly. Is it cookie time yet? I think it’s cookie time. Definitely cookie time. I hope y’all can safely and quickly get to the cookie nearest you.
  5. @Sandi Wiseheart I finally "wrote" the blog post about creative time as meditation time, which consisted mostly of copying and pasting my post here with a teeny bit of editing. (Take that, prerequisite procrastination!) I have a number of other blog post ideas floating around as forum posts or collections of tweets, and I think now I am going to embrace this sort of repurposing of my writing more.
  6. Today I am starting a 30-day challenge of anything creatively crafty! I like what I'm hearing on this forum and in Kim's podcast about no rules other than just doing something creative each day. I'm learning to crochet! I'm submitting my post now rather than rewriting and rewriting and deleting and rewriting it again. Short and simple - it's good enough!
  7. On Writing is so good. But I can't do death of a child right now. I wouldn't say I have writer's block exactly. I can write, I just have to give myself permission to write about whatever I feel like writing instead of anything I planned to write. Also, y'all are always welcome in my internet space.
  8. LOL. Not by chance; I suspect that I got each idea above from someone whose writing I admired. Did you manage to write a post? Let us know when you have something you’d be OK with us reading, and give us the link, please. (Yeah, I can totally find your blog in a nanominute, but I’d feel better knowing it’s OK with you that some of us come on over into your space. LOL) Regarding writer’s block: I don’t know if you are into this sort of thing or not, but if you are Ok with ghost stories—Haunted Modern Southern U.S. almost Gothic ghost stories—then I highly recommend Bag of Bones (that’s the Wikipedia link; don’t read the plot summary unless you want all the spoilers; I link here instead of Amazon because it seems many people have not-so-happy feelings about Amazon right now). I also highly recommend listening to the unabridged (loooong, hooray!) audiobook which is read by the author. The plot centers around a novelist who has severe writer’s block, and the passages describing this are dead-on. Well. As on might expect from Stephen King. 🙂. I buried the lede here, that the book is by King, because non-King readers have a horrific image of what King’s books are like; while that image is true for most of his stuff, this is one book where the gore factor is relatively low (no guts no weird space aliens eating anyone, no exploding anythings). This book is unusual amongst his others because of the relatively ... muted... violence content. It is definitely not violence-free; it’s just that this book has about the same level of violence as your average modern murder mystery, which is several levels down the violence scale for King. The violence includes gunshots and physical assault (neither are described in gory detail) and the historical and emotional violence in the backstory of the ghost, because, well, ghosts don’t come and haunt unless they have a beef to settle with someone, now, do they? Trigger warnings for guns, rape, drowning, suicide, truly abusive grandmother, and murder/death of a child, all part of the reason Ms Ghostie got her Haunting License. That and his nonfiction book On Writing have given me so language, at least, to talk about my own writer’s socks (you have to read the book for that one). I know; am weird to get my comfort re: writer’s block from Stephen King, but then, well, yes, I am an odd duck, aren’t I? Hey. I haven’t listened to BofB for years. Time for a re-listen, what a treat! (for me....) S
  9. @Sandi Wiseheart I totally by chance started following your advice before I even read it!
  10. Blog posts can be a beatch to get started on. I have one of those idea lists, too. Something which works is for me to start out writing FOR ME, write a little bit about how I am doing that day, WHAT I am doing today...and then, poof! It’s a stealth blog post! Well. I edit out the personal stuff later, it’s just a way to get my fingers moving on the keys. Another thing which works sometimes is to think of a topic and then, again for yourself, start writing your opinions about whatever it is. It’s for you, so snark away, complain, or praise and clap. I find that I almost always have an opinion of some sort (!!) about something related to the blog post, and it’s easy to write one’s opinion. Usually! And I again snark/YAY my way into the beginnings of a blog post. OR one thing I do if all else fails, I go back and look at recent comments, and begin with “Dear Emma...” as though the post is a letter, and refer to the reader’s questions or comment. Readers love to be called out by (first) name. And I get the best ideas from the comments. Not sure if you wanted advice on how to get started. Sorry. I am just very pleased that my writer’s block is, well. Shhhhhhh. (not here now) so I’m a little giddy about writing right now.
  11. I haven't written the post yet, @Sandi Wiseheart. I have a list of blog post ideas that is very long, but of course I always forget about it when it's time to sit down and write.
  12. THIS. All of it. (Did you write the blog post? I should pop over to your blog and see!) The whole idea of productivity being the highest good, and how so many of us as Makers (may) have incorporated that into our psyches, is rather unsettling. It rings true, but I wish it didn’t, if you know what I mean. This concept is very helpful, I think. Stayed tuned. 💖🧶🦄🌷
  13. Hi everybody! I'm Kimberly, and somehow I didn't realize this club was here until I heard Kim mention it on the podcast. So many things folks are saying about creative time and struggling to prioritize it are resonating with me. I'm wondering what might happen if we reframe it. What if we considered it meditation time? Repetitive crafts like knitting, crochet, and cross-stitch can have that effect. (The scholar-librarian in me wants to track down a reference/link for this. The human in me is granting me a pass.) What if this wasn't an indulgence, but a matter of health? What if it were like a dietary supplement or a daily medication? I think the circumstances of my learning crochet help me think this way. I bought my first hook, yarn, and pamphlet while I was stopped at Wal-Mart to grab supplies to help with a migraine that was debilitating enough I had gone home from student teaching because of it. I took them back to my boyfriend's house (I don't think he was there, but I preferred his house to mine, always. Now he's my husband and we have just one house between us) and in addition to my usual migraine remedies, I applied crochet. I think having it to focus on helped me ignore the pain, almost. So I really do think of crochet as an OTC migraine remedy. If you aren't motivated by the capitalist notion that your productivity is the highest good (I am, though I'm trying to break myself of it), what if you think of your creative time like food, exercise, or a nap? Something that, if you grant yourself the time to do it, will leave you renewed, with fresh vigor to apply to your other tasks? These are just thought experiments, not proven advice. But I think I've written enough now to consider this as a blog post topic, so thanks for helping me workshop this post!
  14. Just taking some chill Deep breaths, deep thoughts, some action Wait, where's my coffee? My mornings have been lots of thing about stuff I have to do, while rubbing my dog on my couch, constantly losing my coffee. I feel like there;s a lot going on so I need extra time on quiet contemplation
  15. @Alice Creason, it was dark when I took the picture, the lighter colour is actually off-white. Now that you mention it though, Gryffindor colours would look really good in my living room. Maybe the next one. 😄
  16. Love the blanket! Is it Gryffindor-inspired, or just a coincidence? 😁
  17. Hi @Lilly.O.4 , I love the hand lettering trend. People are doing some beautiful things with brush pens. I can understand what you mean about needing to practice it every day. I love that you're dedicating this year to learning new things! Can't wait to see what you do!
  18. Yes, I hear ya. Here is mine for today: Staff meeting today Everyone wondering, Will the school have to close? We are on spring break this week and watching other universities announce closures for the rest of the semester. Wondering if we are going to do the same...
  19. Way to go, Alice, it's beautiful! I'm hoping to finish my zig-zag blanket this month as well as establish a daily calligraphy practice.
  20. Hi, I'm Lori. I spend a lot of time thinking about making things (other than dinner) but am trying to spend more time doing. I started a blanket during the zig-zag crochet-along using Kim's Craftsy/Bluprint class to learn how. I was going along great and then life got in the way and the project sat in a bag for a while. During the MIMU workshop I started working on it again and I want to keep up my daily crochet time. Also, last year I did Show Me Your Drills, learning the basics of modern calligraphy with brush pens. I went on to learn the lower-case letters and how to join them but still haven't learned the upper-case letters so I'm trying to set up a daily practice for that. It is really something that needs to be practiced every day even if just for 5 minutes I have a lot of creative things I'm interested in, all of which I little or no experience with, and my goal is to try my hand at as many of them as I can this year. Embroidery, hand applique, sewing, needle felting, drawing, painting, art journaling and more but even if I only get to one or two I'll be okay with that.
  21. Big event coming. Will we have to cancel it? Just need to decide. This has been the all-consuming issue for me (leading to lots and lots of stress knitting!).
  22. I finished the inner square last night on my counted canvas project. Woohoo.
  23. I thought it might be fun to share tips and ideas for small, easy, doable things to try if you're struggling to build a daily creative habit. This exercise only takes a couple minutes each day and is for anyone who is trying to start a journaling, diary, or daily writing habit. You can use it by itself as a 2-minute daily diary entry or use it as a warm-up exercise any time you're feeling stuck. The exercise is simple: Write a haiku about your day. A haiku is a very short 3 line poem that follows this format: Line 1: 5 syllables Line 2: 7 syllables Line 3: 5 syllables --------------------------- Example: Had cabin fever The sun was shining today Went for a short walk ----------------------------- (Note: They don't need to be GOOD haikus!) Start this habit and pretty soon you'll start making up haikus for everything.
  24. Declare an intention and/or show your progress for the month of March 2020 here! This month I intend to complete the counted canvas project I've been working on.
  25. Hey, accountability works! Here is the progress I made yesterday evening and now today:

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