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January Passing

Amy Comics | Creative Journey | Featured | Philosophical Threads


It is January 28. Just a few more days in the month are ticking away. As the first month of the year passes, there are several things I am hoping to complete, manage, share that will help get me firmly started on this year in terms of the notes I made of daily or monthly or yearly creative goals for 2013. It is not looking good, but I think there is still some possibility of putting a few things firmly in place. If January slips away, it is too easy to call the year a loss. So I am determined even if more than my share of busy at work and getting over some kind of flu.

You have a good guess as to what one of my “goals” for the month was, right?

For the moment, I am going to post this list, started last week and sitting here waiting to be pushed out, of things of recent note in my Facebook updates (and in open windows on my computer):

  • Doodles? Tangles? A Zentangle follower? Check out this open call — and submit your tiles! Note the Feb 15 deadline. Do it! (As my oldest would say… “Come on peoples!”) @CreateMixedMedia
  • Someone else recommended Wonder  by R.J. Palacio to me recently (or asked if we had read it). Seeing a Chapel Chronicles mini-review reminded me that I want to take a look at this one!
  • Check out Tammy Garcia’s journal prompt cards in her Etsy shop. Need a nudge? Or know someone who does?
  • Awesome library photos… some libraries I would love to see and sit and read or write in. My library is way less than cool aesthetically. This is an eye-opening reminder to the beauty of books and space.
  • A new book and a list of books to check from Claire Vanderpools. (What I said when I saw it: “When I first read her list of recommendations, they felt ‘too’ classic. But looking closer… I think this is an interesting list (w a few token exceptions). Do you have favorites that appear here or ones you would like to read or have your middle readers read?”)
  • Super cool small fabric globes.
  • Geeky whimsy: ice globe lanterns @MAKE.
  • On my list to watch: Mathematical Impressions: Can You Turn a Rubber Band into a Knot?
  • “Warning to Children” by Robert Graves — It’s a poem I did not know, but it’s a poem my oldest recently chose for analysis and as a basis for writing his own poems in his humanities class. I like the poem very much. (And if you have a Minecraft player… there’s a ring of that in here!)
  • I am an EverNote user… I thought this video on their career page was excellent.

I may need a brigade to ping me at night so that I manage to find my way to a computer, to words, to notes, and then… to the microphone. Not that desperate yet. But the days are ticking away!



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2 thoughts on “January Passing

  1. Thank you for mentioning my journal prompt cards, Amy! I’ve had a productive January thus far, but I am just not sure that I am working on what I want to work on. And I’ve taken on a school auction project. What was I thinking!?

    1. Tammy – That’s an important (very) realization. You are enviably productive and busy and doing awesome work! But doing work that feels like it is taking you in the right direction (for you)… is really important. I hope the path gets more clear. Sometimes, it is a constant series of steps and micro-movements and little shifts. School auction project… for one or the other’s class? Or schoolwide? Both are good. What are you planning? (I have led a few school projects. I got asked in a roundabout way this year but during a particularly bad time, so I let it slide. These projects are a really big deal at our school auction, too!)

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