Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Red Letter Day




A RED letter day!

Never did I think I would write for ONE HUNDRED days.
Really.
I prepared myself for failure.

I believed I would write consistently for a week or two and then it would dwindle off to once or twice a week until I quit.

Especially after I saw all those pretty pages or those pages of writers who tried something new. It could be pretty intimidating.

But I kept telling myself, "This is my notebook and I can do what I want!"

So I did.

When I hit 31 days and the end of January, I celebrated. And urged myself to write through February too.

And I did.

I celebrated Day 40.
I celebrated the finishing of one notebook and the beginning of another.
I wrote through vacation and a weekend visit with family.

But could I keep it up?

And, somewhere around the end of February, a little voice in my head asked, "What about March?"

I've always loved blogging and I did miss it. But could I do both?

I signed up for the slice of life challenge in a moment of weakness. Before I knew it, I was notebooking and blogging every day. I'm not saying it wasn't hard--it was--but writing has become such a habit, that I couldn't skip a day.

So here I am. One hundred days in a row of writing. My life is chronicled in the pages of these notebooks (and in 31 days of blog posts). My current notebook is almost full and a new one arrives tomorrow that will replace it.

I'll continue recording my days, and fill the notebook with words that are speaking to me and the news of the day. There will be poems and drafts and some things that will never see the light of day. But they will be mine.

I hope that someday
when I am gone,
someone
somewhere,
picks my soul up
off of these pages
and thinks, 
"I would have loved her."
                                            Nicole Lyons



15 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 100 days! I wish we were sitting together, sipping something bubbly and clinking a "cheers"! I do believe celebration is what fuels writers.

    I love the Nicole Lyons quote. It resonates.

    I'm so happy you are still writing. It matters.
    Shine on,
    Ruth

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    1. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders. Thanks for always being there.

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  2. The best part is the current notebook is almost full and the new one is arriving tomorrow. The whole point of the 100 days was the habit and it sounds like notebooking made deep roots for you! Hooray for re-connecting!

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    1. I can always count on you to stop by and make me feel good about writing. I'm happy we are reconnecting too!

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  3. I LOVE that quote at the end!!! What a way to think about your writing, a way for people to see who you are and know you. Congrats! Are you ready for 200?

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    1. I also included this quote in my notebook. It just spoke to me today--and seemed appropriate on day 100. And yes! I am ready for 200!

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  4. Wow! So good to hear of your writing accomplishments! So much to celebrate and treasure. Happy to be reading your words again too. ~michelle

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! And now we are writing together again and all is right (write) in my world!

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  5. What a great feeling of accomplishment! Congratulations! Your words linger in my mind and prod me to begin, someday. :-)

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    1. I'm was so happy to read your post. I miss your voice in my writing world.

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  6. Yay! This proves something I have always known about you, you are a WRITER! I look forward to the stories to come.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. This new supportive group is going to be the JOY in my life!

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  7. Congratulations! I like his thoughts of failure gave way to a chronicle of your life made of words that are yours.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I'm happy we are continuing this writing journey together.

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