Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Random Tuesday

I haven't been writing here much & I keep telling myself that's going to change. I'll blog more this week, then next. But honestly, I feel as though I've come upon a bit of a writer's block... it doesn't help that it's been gloomy around here & I haven't been in the mood for taking photos. No photos typically means boring to me.... so, no blog.

I have been pretty busy though, so here's a random list of things I've been up to lately:

  1. skating: Pat & I try to go at least once a week - so much fun!
  2. applying to jobs: ugh
  3. concert: went & saw Béla Fleck & the Flecktones last week
  4. movie: The Rum Diary - read the book that day, watched the movie that night
  5. NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month, see below
  6. my special project: see below
  7. editing: wedding photos for my Aunt
  8. crafting & listing new items
  9. reading & journaling
Yep, that's right - even though last year was an epic fail, I decided to participate again this year. I really do love writing & NaNoWriMo is a good excuse to do so. I've put a little less pressure on myself this year though: instead of writing one complete story, I'm going to stick with a story only as long as I'm interested. Last year I just gave up when I lost the thread of the story I was writing. I didn't know where to go next, so I didn't. This time, I'll just skip to another story instead of giving up.

Although I suppose that doesn't help me much in the long run. Starting new projects is the easy part. I'm all gung-ho & into the planning part, but the execution is where I flounder.

Which brings me to my special project... will I follow through with it or let it fall to the way-side? That's definitely why I haven't been talking about it much here - if I don't tell you about it & don't follow through, then I can pretend it never really happened, right?

Well, enough of that. I'm committing. I'm going to (partly) reveal my special project - something I've been working hard on for a little over a month now. It's also another reason I've been blogging less, or at least the reason I haven't been showing my journal pages recently...

Basically, I'm setting up a daily journal challenge. I'll host it on a private blog & only members who have signed up for the challenge will have access. There will be prompts each day with plenty of examples from my sketchbooks & lots of encouragement along the way. The basic theme will be growth - hopefully everyone will learn a few new techniques & a bit about themselves, make a few new friends & end up with a journal full of inspiration for those days when it's lacking.

So... what do you think? Would you be interested in signing up for something like that?

I already have 6 months worth of prompts blogged & ready to go - in case anyone was worried that this will be another of my unfinished project! Oh no, I'm committed now! I will follow through with this - even if no one signs up!

Which brings me to one last questions: how much would you be willing to spend to join?

I know there are plenty of artists out there that do similar journal challenges for one month & sell them for around $20. My challenge will be for an entire year, but this is my first one, so I'm not certain what's a fair price.

Any questions, comments or advice would be much appreciated!

1 comment:

The Belly Dancer said...

I like the idea and would join depending on how much it's going to cost. I have never participated in one of these challenges and would like one but I was laid of work and not working right now, so the economy slapped me hard on the face.
When it comes to price you couldn't charge people 20 dollars a month because 240 dollars is a lot of money, it's a good chunk of my rent. Pretty much anything in the 100s would be too much for me.
Which brings me to the next part, What do we actually get from the challenge?