Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Artist’s Way: Week Four, Post Three

As you know, this week I have been on a reading moratorium or as Julia calls it Reading Deprivation week. And it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve done in my whole life (including the time I chose to get certified as a “Camping Expert ” (This had some technical title I can no longer remember.) and had to rough it for three days with limited supplies (which I remember as being my version of hell)).


It’s been hard, folks. Real hard.

I had to resort to keeping all the books I’m in the middle of reading (or wanting to read) in my car so I’m not tempted to crack one open just to read the acknowledgements page, of course, and maybe the introduction, but nothing else. Pinky swear promise!

Now, I’m not saying that it hasn’t been worth it, because it has. I know I've had flashes of inspiration.  But, still, it’s not been easy. And there have been a few evenings where I’ve sat on my bed in sadness, pining for my books. {Insert mournful sigh.}

What have I been doing instead of reading, you ask?


Well, here’s a list of 20:


1. Sat in sadness

2. Complained to my roomies, aka sisters

3. Sat down to write and stared at the blank screen instead

4. Searched for new music to put on my iPod

5. Listened to the new artists I put on my iPod

6. Listened to a free writing podcast that I put on my iPod (and all backlogged episodes)

7. Re-started a daily Zen garden at my work desk
I feel calm and relaxed already...

8. Sketched three new painting ideas

9. Started a new painting

10. Wrote a plot outline for my NaNoWriMo book

11. Learned how to tune my harp

12. Tuned my harp

13. Played my harp

14. Starting writing a harp version of Silent Night since I couldn’t find one for my 12-string

15. Learned origami

16. Started writing my daily affirmations on a sheet of colored paper that I fold into an origami lotus flower

These flowers say really nice things about me!
17. Made of list of books I want to read

18. Wrote a few haiku, such as:

Aching emptiness,
What are my books whispering?
Nothing. They are shut.

19. Watched a movie (which borders on breaking the rules)

20. Cut out things from magazines for future art use.




See, for the most part, I’ve been productive. So, yay! But, it can’t wait for Sunday when I can start reading again. Only three more days to go… and I have my list ready!



UP NEXT: Some of my favorite Week Four exercises!

2 comments:

Amanda said...

What is a daily Zen garden and what books made it on your list?

Liz W. said...

Hi Amanda,

A Zen garden is one that uses rocks and sand. What you do is place the rocks in the sand and then use a little rake to make designs in the sand (At least the version I have works this way.)

It’s supposed to help with relaxation, clearing of the mind, (and hopefully, creativity).

Here’s my list of books that I made this week:

Books to Finish:

Surprised by Joy-C. S. Lewis

On Writing- Steven King

Writing Alone, Writing Together-Judy Reeves


Books to Read:

84, Charing Cross Road- Helene Hanff

How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer

Writing Personal Essays – Sheila Bender

The Shining – Steven King (I’m writing a post to explain this one.)

Writing Down Your Soul – Janet Conner

Write Free- Rebecca Lawton

No Plot, No Problem – Chris Baty


Perhaps you sense a theme?