June 1st ROW80 Check in

April 4 to June 23rd.

June has arrived with a bit of blustery rain, thunder, lightning and hail.  So much for doing some gardening today. However, the ground will be soft for planting so grateful for that.   With the beginning of June I am recommitting myself to doing Morning Pages every day.   For those who don't know about morning pages,they are 3 handwritten pages of stream on consciousness writing that you do first thing in the morning.  Whatever comes into your head, don't censor and just write.  Has actually been quite beneficial and clears my head and warms me up for working on WIP.  

I'm currently in Week 11 of Julia Cameron's  "The Artist's Way" and once I'm done will move onward with  "Vein of Gold."   Coincidentally, Father is reading  "the Power of Focus" by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen (authors of chicken soul for the soul) and Les Hewitt  which is the business man's version of The Artist's Way.   He wants me to read once he's done and then we'll work out a list of goals together.  I've been waving "The Artist's Way" in front of his face for weeks and talking about it.  We are on the same page now, gave up watching all the negative new shows, and thinking more positively. 

My goal for the next week is going to be more school related than anything else.  Besides writing morning pages and working on current WIP for a half hour each morning,  I need to do some research on George Bernard Shaw for my final paper.  This week I'll be reading his play "Pygmalion" and comparing it to the movie. Also reading G.K. Chesterton's "George Bernard Shaw."    I'll also be reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for class this week and analyzing it's appropriateness for high school students.  Fun, fun, week. 

Twenty three days left of round # 2, so check out how the rest of the group is doing and give them some encouragement. 


  1. That's good to have someone kind of doing the goals along with you. While I'm not doing the morning pages, I am doing the daily journaling and it is really opening up some creative doors. I guess you have to see it/feel it to believe it!

    Looks like I'm going to be going back to school in the Fall! I found out I'm eligible for grant money so I'll be attending in the fall (online courses) pursuing my BA in history with concentration in Early European studies. I'm so excited!

  2. Great goals. I'm totally incapable of keeping a journal of any sort so your morning pages seem daunting to me.

  3. I like the morning pages. Always good to keep your mind working. If one day out of the month or year produces a great novel, it's worth it.

  4. @michelle - That is awesome! So happy for you.

    @Beth - s'okay. Journal writing isn't for everyone.

    @Andrew - thanks.

  5. Your days sound busy!! I'm hoping that the ground is ready for planting! I'm debating about putting in a small garden this year. It's been so wet and cold up until a few days ago!!

  6. I often get a burst of inspiration after writing a blog post, and I think morning pages works in a similar way. Like warming up for a workout, I suppose.

    Enjoy the research. :D

  7. @staci - finally planted some seeds. Now just need to get some starter plants.

    @Claire - exactly. A warmup.


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