I was feeling overwhelmed recently. When that happens I turn to the journal, or journals, or scraps of paper, or walls and make lists. This clears my head and I feel relaxed. I then find I have far too many lists and once again I feel overwhelmed. This is the danger of list addiction.
I’m an addict. It has been one day since my last list. Come and have a look at what I have been up to in this week’s journal video.
Several threads are woven and I can begin to see images appearing.
These scenes may or may not end up as reality, but they are there because seeds were sown. Seeds that have been sown on land tended for the past few weeks (and previous moon cycles).
I find it so difficult to wait. Cycles take time. Seeds grow at their own speed. Seasons come and go. So often, because of the wait, I forget to sow the seed, to tend the crop. My forgetfulness is often intentional. If I can’t have it now, I won’t bother.
My moon intentions and realisation cycle has helped. It’s a nice metaphor to hold, to remind me that I have no right to a field and harvest if I have not sown the seed or tended the land.
Doing the work does not guarantee a harvest. There are many variables. But I try. I learn. I understand. Every new moon cycle my wisdom is greater. Every lunar month I know a little more than the previous period of waxing and waning.
The August full moon rises, let me see if my crop is bearing fruit.
Things take a little longer than I expect. I seem to get my planning wrong with an unnerving regularity. I get a lot of other things wrong too, but those can be addressed in a different post or private apologies. As for my time planning, I should have got to grips with that by now.
Someone was once asked how long it takes to write a book. They replied with the answer, twice as long as you think it will. As a publisher and writer, I know this to be pretty much correct. I am beginning to realise that the same can be said of my other creative projects.
I am close to finishing a couple, but they have taken much longer than I expected. I haven’t been slacking or doing things that weren’t on the list, and yet they have still taken longer than expected. Today I was adding some proofing corrections to PDFs. After doing that it meant I could check off another item in the bullet journal. I was a step closer to completing my project.
It can be discouraging when things take longer than we think. However, when complete we can bask in the knowledge that a job has been well done. We didn’t cut the corners. We took the time and were productive.
Now it’s time for me to get back to my to-do list. I have a project to complete.
For those with more than a passing interest, you’ll know I set forth some new moon intentions. Well, today is the full moon and time for those intentions to be realised and actioned. How has this new planning ritual worked for me? Since sending out my prayers and intentions, the road has been rocky and filled with several hurdles. Some of which I climbed, others I broke through and some I simply walked around. I’ll admit there are still others that I seem unable to pass – this is normal, it’s life.
However, things are coming together and, as the full moon rises, I have all the pieces in place to realise a lot of what I intended.
A Ticket to Write is about to launch with its first class and lots of other fun stuff too. The first class is ‘Write a short story’. For those who want to write but have no idea where to start, this course is aimed at you. I’ll lead you step by step into a writing habit and, at the end of the class, you’ll have created your own short story. I am so excited by A Ticket to Write, it has been a long time in development but I think the wait has been worth it. There will be more classes coming each month.
If I am excited by A Ticket to Write then I am absolutely _________1 with this next project.
pLAnarchy is about turning my planning / journaling obsession (addiction? – Ed) into something substantial. It will be emerging like a bear out of hibernation very soon. This bear will be hungry, in a bad mood but also a little cuddly. It is time for a new movement and pLAnarchism is it! More here soon.
I am writing and recording plenty of music and some new songs. I don’t know where I am heading with my music. But sculpting new sounds and weaving words is the intention. Now the light of the full moon can illuminate the path for the next few weeks, I might discover a musical path to follow.
Fiction ideas are coming together. Grimly Tales will soon be appearing in an enigmatic form. I want to push fiction and self-publishing boundaries with it. This is very exciting but taking some time to get it right. So much fun.
With recent events, both worldwide and personally, I have a feeling some people’s new moon intentions (or hopes and dreams in general) have not been realised in ways they hoped. We throw our prayers out but we don’t know how they will be answered. However, as the moon illuminates where we currently find ourselves, it is up to us how we react. As you and I stand in the light, how will we respond?
1 Insert whatever expletive you want here.