A few months back there was a Black Mountain College exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts. I bought this pennant from their gift shop on Wednesday (50% off!).
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”-Charles Dickens (born 7 February 1812)
“I am a documentarian of what I do.”-Gay Talese (born 7 February 1932)
Even though I’m a writer, I’m horrible at keeping a journal. I want to go back and edit my work, which defeats the purpose of keeping a diary. It doesn’t take long for my perfectionism to turn into frustration. I’m sure you can guess what always happens next.
This one line a day journal is perfect for me, though. It’s practical, low-pressure, and pretty. I call that a win!
This is one of the first pieces that I wrote for ASPL, five years ago.
January, although frigid and dreary, has a few compensatory gifts up its wintry sleeve that no other month can offer: a chance to rewind the clock to start, a vague idea that anything is possible, and a sense of euphoria that can only be found when the year is in its first blush. Although these feelings naturally fade as the temperature rises, you should be able to use this energy all year-long. The goals I have in mind aren’t tauntingly out of reach, nor must they be broken down into a dozen discouraging steps; they could just as easily be called Life Skills for Writers.
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Amanda White runs one of my favourite literary-themed Etsy shops. I also follow her on Facebook, so I was thrilled to find her 2016 calendar for sale at my local Barnes and Noble.
This is another reason to look forward to the new year!
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”-Stephen King
- What Do Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, and Eudora Welty All Have in Common? [HISTORY BUFF]
- A beautiful Great American Novel map [SHORTLIST]
- Patti Smith Talks Fame, Youth, and Her New Memoir, M Train [VANITY FAIR]
- The Blue Highways legacy [VOX MAGAZINE]
- An Animated Introduction to Virginia Woolf [OPEN CULTURE]
I’m only sharing three links today, but they are all worthy of your time.