Book Day…book a day…off…in…out…inside…on reading…writing…and sharing

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How have you spent the International Book Day?

I have shared a snapshot of my current reading on social media with question mark and invitation to share your reading ideas and recommendations.

so far so good…response-wise and communications-wise. Head over to my insta to see more and join the fun. I love reading and even more than that, putting into practice and discussing what I had read, be it fiction or non-

The image is of reading a poem from Being Alive, BloodAxe Anthology of Poetry, I really love and keep coming back to. It is all a conversation…

Let me know what you are reading. And sharing with others.

 

 

 

Arting Book and Box…under way

cropped-win_20180404_15_46_18_pro.jpgI have been quiet, taking things easy and plotting behind the scenes.

Working on several projects. One of them the long conceived and intended Arting book for children.

How would you or/AND your children like to read about and try these things out:

  • write a here and now haiku
  • follow the “inspired by” process of learning from some interesting and fun artists
  • explore nothingness, and then somethingness with drawing, painting, constructing…
  • learn about and to use all the different tools in the artist’s box and mind
  • create your own art of course!!!
  • write your own artist’s manifesto
  • show and share your art with others?

These are just a few things the book covers in 30 “lessons”, “dips” or  perhaps afternoons or days of arting play while we become the artists we already are.

The book is designed to be accompanied by a box with arting tools, resources and surprises.

Stirring well behind the scenes, I would like to invite you to ask your most burning arting questions. Answers in the book ;-). Why not pop them here?

I am looking forward to them.

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to (not) procrastinate on writing your book, aka Wassup?

1,Writing and not blogging. And 2, Artist’s Waying and artist swaying and recovering yet on another level.

Ad 1, Since the end of May I have been rewriting the #becometheartistyouare challenge manual, aka THE BOOK. It is going well. Procrastination galore. I nearly managed to paint the whole flat too. Oh, and wash the windows. That kind of well.

But today I have given myself a last internal (bleeding) deadline. End of this week. Can be done. Already logged another five hundred words just so, in half an hour. It “just” needs to be written…and perhaps that is what I resist. I think I know the outcome…but also know the process shall guide me. Just need to do it.

Slow and steady. Well that sounds a bit like Strong and Stable…my arse. I choose the Speedy Gonzales approach. To get the  rest of the (second) first draft out of the way.

If you want to get updates on the book and goodies in the process, subscribe >>>>>to my list (poppy window or menu on the right)

Ad 2, On a more personal note, I am co-running the Artist’s Way group again. This time at The Hillstation Cafe, SE14, I believe. Every Wednesday at 9:30 for two hours. Pop in. We are just doing Week Five. You can jump on the wagon with Recovering the sense of Possibilities. We have been three so far…and magic has been happening.  If you need more info about the process, check out my older blog post here.

I really really am looking forward to meeting you in my list (with the Arting Newsletter) and/or in person at the HS. Sooner or later.

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Wait…Where are the other eight ways to not procrastinate on your book?

Here

3, jot it. Have a notebook and write longhand in small bits of time you have on your hands during the day away from your computer.

4, log it in your calendar, commit to say an hour a day for writing/typing up. Calculate how this is going to take based on your typing speed.

5, keep track of how much you write daily and give yourself golden or even better, rainbowy, stars

6, after each writing session, reward yourself with a cup of lovely green jasmine tea, or a shot of tequila, the choice is yours, and possibilities are endless (Have I mentioned I was Week 5)

7, revisit your vision for your book, and yourself after you have written it. If you have not created one. Create it now. Visually and stick it on your bathroom mirror.

8, this should have been number 0, but here you go: reflect on what is actually stopping your from writing and address that. Self-coaching. Yes, you do know the answers.

9, Smile at your computer screen. It will smile back. honest.

10. Close all the other apps, emails and distraction, wrote destruction, yes I did, shit. You know which ones. You do. Do it NOW.

Ok, so, there. There were ten. After all.

I am going to report back at the end of the week the latest, ok? Accountability check. Or reality one.

 

 

 

 

How my morning discipline is helping me write the book

Photo on 04-10-2015 at 13.31This book of mine…can be a real pain…but/and a real  joy at the same time.

I did not write/got round to it much in February. Instead I deliberately procrastinated making jewellery (and selling some) and preparing for the Art Open Show at the Telegraph Hill Festival at The White Hart at New Cross Gate (see my instagram feed)…and just relaxing. Don’t know about yourselves, but Feb is my least favourite month in the year. And I spend most of it sleeping, usually. Having said that…we have March now…and I have been marching on again. Dancing along.

I have noticed how much my morning discipline really helps set the tone to the day and the writing and how I spend the first ninety minutes or so determine pretty much how I get on for the rest of the day.

So when I get up, practice and dance…I am all set for the day. And I can get cracking writing. Much easier. I am awake, aware and conscious. Mentally and physically too. Ready to take on the day.

It took some fine tuning and discipline to build a daily discipline :-)…but I am getting there and seeing the results too. You probably know that it takes some three weeks to build a new habit. (After drinking water regularly, this is my second habit I have built this year).

So what you do, you remember/remind yourself daily to do it, stick with it and it slowly becomes a habit. A good one. A good one to have.

Do you have a daily morning discipline? Tell us! What works for you? How did you build it? How are you making sure you stick with it? Or any other powerful working/arting habits? Do share!

In the meantime, arting and writing hats on!

P.S. Update: The book is now available in the form of an e-course. And it is going at an early bird price until the April Fool’s Day…sooo….check it out.