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The Artist's Way: Meet & Greet

I think that everyone who was doing this for sure has gotten the book now, so I plan on starting The Artist's Way again tomorrow. I think this is my third time. Starting on Friday the 13th seems like a real charm. I really hope to get all the way through it this time.

I haven't exactly been "blocked" as far as my writing goes, but I'm definitely in a rut. I've been working on several projects. It's all mostly sucking though, and as I listed the actual projects I have in some form, I realized that a lot of it is all the same sucky stuff. (That link is on my writing filter, so if you can't see it and want to be on the filter, let me know.)

While my medium of choice has always been writing, I also want to get more artsy and crafty with this round. The girls are very excited about our new membership in The Farmgirl Sisterhood, and they're so eager and passionate about learning all the different skills to earn their badges. Honestly, I've been sliding back into a pretty bad depression since Achaiah died. It's mostly been slow, but it's gotten a lot worse since all the stuff with my uncle's death and a bunch of family drama. There has been a lot of bad stuff going on lately, and I've barely touched on most of it since posting regularly again. Although now that I've finally gotten back into journaling here a little bit, I've found it very helpful with all the stuff that's been going on. I hope this means I'll enjoy morning pages a little bit more. I hope it will help me back out of this hole I've found myself in again. The house is a wreck and I can't get it back under control by myself, and I'm not really getting a lot of help from anyone. I do basically nothing but clean and juggle the baby all day, and she's mobile now and tears everything apart faster than I can get it up. Then I'll get all pissed about cleaning all the time with little help and go on strike for a day where I do nothing but watch tv or play around online all day. It's just been getting worse and worse all year, but it's been especially bad lately, and I just can't keep sliding down that path again. I lay around all sad and unmotivated all the time, and it's affecting my writing, the house, and my kids' happiness. So time to start turning things around.

I'm going to read the intro and Week 1 chapters tonight, and then I'll start morning pages tomorrow. I'm going to list all of the friends who are joining me. If you guys want, please feel free to post a bit about yourself and your chosen mediums/projects, and if you're open for friending. Everyone else, please feel free to jump in with us if you want!

Yours truly, ahavah

There are also my friends Megan and Molly from FB, and possibly moonstone_faeand my friend Shannon over at The Girl's Got Sole.


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Jul. 12th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
i would love to do this with you ~but~ with school, i've already bitten off more than i can chew, and my place exists in a constant state of, "oh, it's on the list. i'll get to it eventually" lol. so i'll have to pass this time. good luck, though, love. i hope it helps pull you out of your rut. <3
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! You definitely have plenty going on, so I really appreciate you being here for me. ♥
Jul. 12th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I checked out The Artist's Way from the library yesterday and just finished reading the intro. I truly don't know what to expect, but I'm looking forward to learning more about myself during the next twelve weeks.

I've never written much, but that is the medium I expect to be working in. I'm also intrigued by the idea of being more creative in other, more mundane, areas of my life (home, marriage, family, etc.).

I've just joined LJ this week and wrote an intro post that tells more about me, if anyone is interested. I'm open to friending others who will be taking this 12-week journey in creativity.

I'm signing off now to read the week one chapters, and maybe I'll treat myself to a pretty notebook for my morning pages.

Edited at 2012-07-12 11:44 pm (UTC)
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
I hope the creativity spreads through my whole life too! I think I usually make it a month or so in before petering out, so I really want to stick with it this time.
Jul. 13th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I'ma reading now. :) I'm excited about this... I truly truly am.

While I am dabbling in writing (I have a story I've been pecking at for awhile) I also paint, doodle, Sew, etc. Essentially Jack of all trades, and sadly Queen of none.

I hope this helps Ahavah. :) I found journaling helpful with my bouts... I have a nasty habit of swirling all the items in a triple layer pressure cooker to the point that while it could be just one thing, it would taint EVERYTHING. I hope this helps find peace too.
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope this helps too, and I'm glad to have you with me! At least so far, I've had an easier time with the morning pages. It still takes a while to get them done, because baby/family/farm chores interrupt or take so long, but I've been pretty good about it and not grasping for 'what do I talk about?' or just bitching the whole time. lol
Jul. 13th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with The Artist's Way. I just wanted to give you hugs and send you love and light. I've gotten so far behind with everyone that I missed almost all the bad stuff that's been happening for you. I'm so, so sorry. If there's ever anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Jul. 14th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's so incredibly sweet of you, and it really means a lot to me. ♥
Jul. 13th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Artist's Way and juggling
Hi guys. I have the book, haven't really had a chance to get passed a little of the introduction..it looks intriguing so far. Amanda, you have your hands full, I can tell..so don't bite off too much..just do what you can and stick up for you. I have basically done writing, painting, a little cross-stitch, a little pottery/carving...and choral singing and piano..as far as being artsy. Writing helps me to process too, so this is a nice movement to be a part of.
I have also just checked out, "Every Day Light" by a Christian author, Selwyn Hughes. Gillian Atteck liked him..haven't gotten passed the cover of that one, but it looks like Thomas Kincaid on the outside..rest his soul. It looks like a spiritual journey too, so perhaps I can summarize it a little and add my thoughts.
Thanks for the invitation, Amanda!
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's Way and juggling
I think this is Megan, right? Sounds like you do quite a lot! I enjoyed painting when I was in school, but I wasn't any good, so it wasn't really 'my' thing. I'd really like to start doing it again anyway, because I did like it quite a lot. I also bought a couple of cross-stitch projects to do for the girls a couple weeks ago, but I've barely started. It's been years since I cross-stitched, so I think it will be fun to do it again. I used to do it quite a bit as a kid.
Jul. 13th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
I really hope this helps us both - especially you with your grief - it must be so hard.

I attempted starting on June 21st this year and was already derailed after a week so maybe this will help me stay on track!

Maybe you should make an Artist's Way community on LJ for this?
Jul. 14th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I would totally join a community for this, that is a great idea. I would help out if I can :)
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! Check out my reply to songindarkness and let me know your thoughts on what to do/how to set it up.
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
I really hope this helps too. I guess it's better than doing nothing! I'm glad to have you doing it with us! It looks like there are a few AW communities, but most haven't been posted in for years. If everyone is interested, I don't mind starting a new one, but unless we want to keep it closed just for us, I'd probably just post more personal stuff here at my own journal. I may do that anyway, just to have it here.
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
I would be happy with a closed comm but if you'd rather just post here we can check in with comments. :)
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've gotten mid-way through Chapter 1. My media include beading, cross-stitch, painting, polymer clay and air dry clay. I have been doing my morning pages for the past week - a bit overwhelming sometimes, but I won't bore you with that. At the moment my Lj writing is based on a program recalling things you have enjoyed in your past. It should be an interesting trip. lol I'm looking forward to this!! Feel free to friend me for this journey we're on!
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of very artsy folks are here! I hope I can learn more about mediums I haven't done very much, like beads & clay.

I'm only on day 2 of morning pages, but they're coming much easier for me this time around. Yesterday I did my negative blurts & rewriting them as positive.
Jul. 14th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Hi everyone, I did my first morning pages today. I am really looking forward to this, hoping for if nothing else a deeper insight into myself.

I love to write, I have many ideas and plots etc but never seem to get them out of my head and onto paper completely. I am known for half finished, partly started projects all over. My other medias are crochet, and plastic canvas needle point.

I hope we all get something out of this and am looking forward to sharing this journey. I am heading over to my page to do an update and post a bit on all of this, anyone please feel free to friend me if you want to.

May the muse always dance to a tune that works for you.
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad we're doing this together! I hope you're able to start writing more, and hopefully we can help each other there.
Jul. 14th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
blogging, etc.
(This is Molly) I'm actually probably just going to follow along vicariously, since I have so many writing projects going on right now already--my issue is finding time to work on them all. I usually feel like I'm bursting with creativity, but finding the time to let that OUT is a challenge. My baby is 18 months old now and into EVERYTHING. So, I identify with your description of how yours tears everything up!
Jul. 30th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: blogging, etc.
Hi, Molly! I'm so sorry that I didn't see this comment earlier! I'm glad to hear that the creativity if flowing for you. If you have any extra, I'll be glad to take some off your hands! lol I know how it is with baby being into everything. Good luck on your projects!
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