In September 2021, I knew I was in trouble.
My health crashed, my anxiety went through the roof.
I contracted, withdrew from the world into my little cocoon of myself and my home.
I also (finally) asked for help.
And slowly, but surely, I started to expand again. I found joy in so many things. Writing started to feel joyful again.
I'm expanding again. It shows in the notebooks for nanowrimo and the files with ideas and in the itch to blog again.
It's so good to feel like me again.

Midnight wanderlust with a small tripod and my phone camera. The Moon lit up the wheat fields this evening, shadowed by Saturn.

She reached for my hand
Touched it with her trunk and my
Body became joy

(A haiku on the only time an elephant touched my hand, at a zoo when I was a teenager)

a day late for the prompt but my mind melted yesterday. But I love elephants so I had to write it

Slow, imperfect progress is better than none at all.

@thatkruegergirl I love Edison mail on my phone, and I just found out they also have a mac app, so I guess my vote is for Edison :)

@g it's funny, I went from anonymity to real name and back to relative anonymity. I love that I can share deeper stuff I never shared using my real name.

Today wasn't a writing day.

I had a creative palate cleansing day. This means that I do something creative that is so mindless that it helps me with my writing.

For me, that thing is Decopatch, aka gluing paper snippets to a surface, in this case, a tray.

It's so calming and simple. I just tear pretty papers apart, and glue them randomly.

It never fails to dislodge something from my brain that's writing-related.

What is your creative palate cleanser?

I just had an idea, and I ran to the office to work on said idea and then it just jumped out of my brain the moment I turned on my computer.

This is an almost daily occurrence, and it's annoying as HELL.

It's not that I can't pay attention to anything. I sometimes pay attention to way too many things. A new thing comes in, and everything else is gone.

But sometimes I sit down and write something else and then, boom! The idea is back.

Not today, tho. I tried.

I have a new writing bedtime routine. It's supposedly not healthy to have screentime before bed, but this routine helps me fall asleep, and that's a win!

The routine? Write a random scene.
I open my project, and in the cut folder, I add a new scene about anything I want to.

It doesn't have to be part of the story, I do keep it.

And after a while, I get sleepy. I put away the laptop, curl up and sleep.

It doesn't matter if I use my words Ialthough I often do).

@thatkruegergirl thank you!

it’s the first really good writing day in a long time, there have been many, many bad to mediocre ones.

So I’m confident it will come for you too!

According to Forest, I’ve written for almost four hours today.

Add to that the time I’ve spent taking notes and reorganising my writing, I’m very happy!

I find the silliest things funny. Case in point: Disneyplus has a category "Ancient Mysteries", and the movies and shows listed under it are completely baffling: Grey's Anatomy, How I met your mother, modern family, 911 and West side story. And that's just the first page!

This morning, I was unsure of what to work on. I have several projects on the go (blame my brain) and I can jump into whatever I want.

But I feel the need to dive deeper and focus on only one.

So this morning I sat down, and wrote a list of reasons why I want to work on each project, and it became so clear where my passion lies.

This works in any stages of writing for me, for instance if I have different ideas of where I want to take the story etc.

And now I'm off to edit :)

@cheribaker I know that services like draft2digital (digital and paperback) and gumroad deal with the pesky tax stuff for you. It’s why I’m considering them for my work from now on.

I’ve heard from too many people that it’s such a pain if you do it by yourself, that I don’t want to give myself the headaches 😃

@cheribaker yay! So happy you love it. What kind of ink did you use?

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