How To Establish a Writing Habit

Have knee replacement surgery.

Today is a day for patience.  I’m going to have to find a lot of that in the next 6 months.  After x-rays of my left knee, there is knee replacement surgery in my future (as soon as I can get it done).  I’ll have to be patient with myself, my spouse, and the world.

That’s going to require a change in several planned activities in the next 6 months.  First an MRI tomorrow to see if the pinched nerve in my lower back will relax itself after I start walking on my knee correctly.  Then a visit to the Surgeon on Oct. 2nd.  We’ll not be going to the Moab Rock and Gem Show mid-October, nor the Hurricane Rock and Gem Show in early November.

The goal will be to be up and mobile for the Homestead Christmas Show in December.  And since I’ll be doing a walk, sit, walk, sit routine until then, I should have enough sitting time to get merchandise done especially for that show.

I’m grateful to have a new housekeeping service to keep things up to snuff.  And Tracy is smiling about having to cook for two weeks.  The first thing out of his mouth – “remember you have to eat whatever I serve”.  Let’s hope for take-out.

If all goes well, I should be up and walking so I can enjoy the Quartzsite and Tucson Rock Shows and do a little rockhounding with Tracy in the mix.  The left knee joint is bone on bone and will never get better until something is done with it.  So – here I go.

But this also means I’ll have no excuse not to write every morning.  And by the time I would be back up and thinking of doing other things I should have a wonderful morning pattern of writing established.  30+ days usually sets a pattern.  I’ll take it.  I want to blog, write Historical Fiction “Eliza B” and my Children’s Book on #Enough.  Won’t all happen in six months, but could get very close.

I’m going to use my platform to write these stories, so stay tuned – – – – – – – –

 

 

My Summer Rewrite –

I’ve spent a great deal of time this summer thinking about writing and my blog.  Should I change it? Should I quit? Should I change the focus, or how about giving it one?

We spent almost the entire month of August on the road, and I had lots of time to reflect on what I really want to do.  I decided on two efforts – writing and basketry.  And then realized I could, in some ways, put them together. So that’s what you’re going to see in the coming months.

I’ve been working on a picture book to go with my #enough baskets and am enrolled in a class on how to create them.  Wow – that’s another project on its own.  And I’ve almost finished a class on guest blogging and becoming certified as a guest blogger.  We’ll see where that goes.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my refined focus and will let me know what you think in the comments.   I need and appreciate your feedback.  And if you have specific topics you’d like to see let me know that as well. 

Until next time - -   Jana

Helping Hands – Volunteering in Today’s World

Over the years I’ve been involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations.  Rotary, Lions Club, Job’s Daughters, Scouting, musical organizations, political organizations, and a rock club (I’m sure there are more but they don’t currently come to mind).  Over time, they all come down to some type of political/power struggle.  I volunteer to do something, and later on wonder what was I thinking?

I was thinking I want to help.  I want to assist their progress in some way.  I want to see them succeed. How can I help?  With my take-charge personality I end up the chairman, the president, the leader.  I find myself pulling away from those decisions more and more.  Would I be Secretary of the Rock Club. No thanks.  How about the Membership Coordinator? Grant Writer? Publicity Chairperson?  NO, NO and NO.   I’ll help where I can, but I don’t want the board meetings, the distraction to creating, the politics.

So how can I help?

I’ve been knitting for years.  As my little sign says, “knitting keeps me from unraveling”.  I can create something useful and keep hands busy.  I’m a much nicer passenger when I knit and don’t watch Tracy drive.  I’ve gifted hundreds of blankets over the years both knit and crochet.  I’ve taught both my youngest daughter and grand-daughter how to knit and they also have “busy hands”.  So what do we do with all that stuff?

When we had our art/gift gallery we sold well over 100 scarves to travelers looking for something useful to offer that would remind them of their trip.  Grandmothers love the scarves as gifts for grandkids.  And some locals bought them on a regular basis as gifts and for their own families. But now that the store is closed what happens to them?

One day on Facebook an ad showed up for an organization called “Operation Gratitude”. They provide “Care Boxes” for our active military, veterans, first responders, and wounded warriors.  They take only scarves made of acrylic fibers – check;  4-6” wide – check; in masculine colors – check.  If you go to their website you can download their donation form to see all the other ways you can help.  They recently had a “service day” at their base of operation in California and created 3,000 “care boxes” for the first responders in Dallas.  This is an organization I want to give to.

I’ve put together a box of scarves with the labels as requested and will send them off this next week.  They also ask for letters to the care box recipients.  It took me a couple of weeks to figure out what to say, and how I might help take their mind off where they are.  I wrote a letter using pictures from our previous time in the heart of the Grand Staircare Escalante National Monument.  I hope it will give them something else to think about.

It also reminded me to add their service as volunteers to my gratitude journal.  I’m grateful they believe our freedoms are worth fighting for. My grandmother, mother, father, and 1st husband all volunteered for the Marine Corps.  They each had their own reason for that service, and each contributed in a unique way.  They wanted to help in some way.  I guess it’s in my blood.

Until next time – – –

 

It’s A Small World

We attract the same energy we put out!

The Dandelion Fairy, she lives among the yellow blooms where her world is sweeter and less difficult. With golden wings and striped green suit, she can only be seen when she wants you to share her magical, miniature world.

It's A Small World

Dandelion Fairy Card – Copyright Cicely Mary Barker, English Artist

Nestled amongst the forest of pointed leaves, giant puffballs stand ready to coat her world with tiny bits of fluff even the ladybugs avoid. Chunks of agate serve as welcome benches to rest from the midday sun. An occasional mist keeps her dandelion forest growing sprouts of new plants providing tomorrows shade.

She flits from leaf to leaf, teasing the bumble bees as they feast on the pollen. It’s a world of few words, but endless joy and beauty. A place of fantasies and unique creatures that only require that you believe in their magic – if only for a moment.

We attract the same energy we put out!

Looking Forward to Writing

I’ve come from writing press releases to a weeky column for the Garield County Insider, to a travel blog, and I’ve written several grants over the past 8 years – both for Escalante City and private industry – just shy of a million dollars. We moved to Enoch from Escalante this winter and am ready to start writing an historical fiction about my great Grandmother who was a Kaw Indian. I’d like to create a mini book to go along with my mini baskets and I plan to spend more time blogging.

Since a college professor told me I’d never be a good writer I’ve spent the last 26 years trying to prove her wrong.  The best part of the adventure is discovering how much fun it is to write.  I’m hoping to connect with other writers locally and learn about their adventure.

Until next time – – – – –