Inspired by an accidental subscription to a Skillshare class taught by Emily Gould. Read her old blog here.
I’m thankful for this challenge. I’m thankful for limited prepositional use and Anne from parks and recreation. I’m thankful for newfound buddies, and I’m thankful for old moons. I’m thankful for forced hypocrisy and lewd truths. I’m thankful for reduction. I’m thankful for the long way to Mars. I’m thankful for long-living prawns, so they tell the earth. I’m thankful for folk with an “i” and violence with an “o.” I’m thankful for flying sticks and dripping boldness like lakes silvered till complete. I’m thankful for wounded bell noises and I’m thankful for the valleys in between consumption and the snow of the …. Adirondacks.
Today I noticed the screwed concavity of a steel insert on a white microwave’s side. Today I noticed how the plates must be set together like something new and something old. Today I noticed the last day on belly up. Today I noticed the middle coming first, and the first coming now, in the temporally relative middle. Now. Today I noticed the end is something like noticing itself. Today I noticed the fault in our resumes Today I noticed wrung out necks today I noticed their glistening in the projected panes of superpsychedelia and childhood theater. Today I noticed lesbians. Today I noticed new mainstream desire principles hinged on the back of monsters known today, in the middle, as mothers.
Each day I’ll upload a post from the challenge involving the prompt “I’m thankful” or “I’m grateful” and “Today I noticed.” If you take up the challenge yourself, please share them with me! I would love to read and write together.
End: Today ends the consecutive day challenge. The rest of the course asks us to read the entries again, or maybe for the first time, and find a passage – could be just a phrase, or a sentence, couple sentences, a paragraph or a whole entry – to appreciate. Feel good that you wrote that.
I’ve been doing this throughout the challenge. 10 Days is a long time, and I found myself going back through the entries as I wrote and read them. I almost wrote “read and wrote them” which could be all the same. Sometimes, if not all the time and surely in varying degrees, the reading is an almost generative process. The reading leads to writing that leads to more reading and then you have a sort of – loop.
The very last step of the 10 day journaling challenge is to take one entry and revise it, turning it into a whole piece. This could mean adding more, taking away, both or changing some element of the words.
My favorite part of the lesson by Gould was her suggestion on how you could change the entry by simply switching out pronouns. As she states, “congrats, now you’re working on fiction.” I love this approach to nonfiction/fiction. It reminds me of some of my favorite writers who draw on their lives in fiction that’s not autobiographical and autobiographical at the same time.
The next month I’ll be uploading once, twice or maybe even three times a day, so the blog will stay active. The challenge is done, but I’m working on three more Skillshare projects, I still have more than 8 months of subscription left. These are bigger ones that aren’t as easy to share daily however, and I’ll upload them when they’re done along with the revised entry from this challenge.
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