Time is rushing past; how are we starting week 4? That's both a rhetorical question and a real one: how are you, this week, at this point in the session and the season?
I'll save my personal response for the comments, but you can guess some of it from what I'm using for the prompt this week: Julia Cameron on the "creative U-turn."
"Recovering from artist's block, like recovering from any major illness or injury, requires a commitment to health. At some point, we must make an active choice to relinquish the joys and privileges accorded to the emotional invalid. A productive artist is quite often a happy person. This can be very threatening as a self-concept to those who are used to getting their needs met by being unhappy. . . . We get more sympathy as crippled artists than as functional ones. . . . We are now on the road, and the road is scary. We begin to be distracted by roadside attractions or detoured by the bumps. . . .
"In dealing with our creative U-turns, we must first of all extend ourselves some sympathy. . . . Typically, when we take a creative U-turn, we are doubly shamed: first by our fear and second by our reaction to it. Again, let me say it helps to remember that all careers have them."
Some of her exercises for recovery: name one of the U-turns you have taken. Then another. Then the worst one. Forgive yourself. Notice your resistance. Choose one, and list the steps you might take to mend it. Admit that you need help. Choose a totem, "something you immediately feel a protective fondness toward. Give your totem a place of honor and then honor it by not beating up on your artist child."
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, pp. 154-61.
Some of us are working on creative projects, and others on scholarly ones, but there have been threads in comments about blocks, resentments, and getting in our own way. I hope these ideas may help to work through whatever bumps in the road you're noticing. If these things don't seem relevant right now, maybe consider a period in the past when you dealt with something like this; think about how you got through it, and appreciate your recovery.
Goals for the coming week:
Pack office, arrange trucking
Write reference/award letters for three people
Finish figures for old paper
Try again with new paper
Pack up rest of office
Copy edits for almost published paper
Help with edits for accepted with minor revisions paper
Meetings and emails about research money transfers
Dame Eleanor Hull
- 4 days work on conference paper
- 4 days work on fall grad class
- get new phone, new driver's license, new transponder
- 4 days weeding or other garden tasks
- finish Great Closet Cleaning
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Finish up the loose ends of the training, moving into the revision phase of training.
Get through a meeting-rich week.
Finish the “listen to me sing my own praises” report.
Read a few chapters on women translators.
1. Finish my part of the proofs of next journal issue
2. Finish reading academic book & book for pleasure
3. Content edits of revised article (for journal)
4. Work on revisions of intro to edited collection
5. Work through ch. 1 and sketch out where it's going/second part of chapter
1 stay current on writing classes
2 submit an overdue book review
3 sort out bookmarks for Tiny Project
4 continue working on media literacy class
5 a new one: drink more water
1) work no more than 10 hours
2) make some lists for smaller things that fit under the areas of personal replenishment, reducing next year's pressures and fun/creative stuff.
3) replenishment: back to basics - keep it up! Eating plenty of fruit and veg, drinking enough water, a small exercise habit (10 minutes a day of deliberate exercise), a small chore habit (5 minutes of picking up or one of the recurring chores like a load of laundry each day), journal daily
4) pressure reduction: if I have room in the 10 hours, review my honours module and decide what can stay from this year's iteration and what I can easily and quickly refresh. STICK to one online meeting a day... social stuff is meant to be good for a person, but I find it extra exhausting at the moment, plus talking to people face to face makes it extra hard to say no!
5) fun/creative: write a letter to a friend/read for half an hour at least 3 days/do at least two crochet stripes on the "desert colours" blanket project/play D&D or write another job board game/play with watercolours a couple of times.
-Final set of marking completed
-Get sem 2 unit overview populated, generate syllabi and contact tutors
-Intentionally write on own stuff each day
-Contact internal and external people on grant application, get on site and start populating form
-Do the winter festival things on weekend