I am participating in the Sketchbook Project this year.
This year is that they have assigned topics.
You choose FEAR or HOPE.
Being a creative type I picked one but am not following it.
I am doing Fear AND Hope.
Because of what is happening in our country, because of my nightmares
(real, not metaphorically), because of the immense grief I am feeling
when I read ANYTHING these days in the political news, I decided to take this on.
If there is anything I know as a journaler of 40 years
(two U-Haul boxes of the written journals I’ve kept)
it is the very best way to get through something is to
write about it, paint it, or
stand on a street corner and tell the story (which in this climate will get you arrested)…
which brings us to one of the reasons I need to write about Fear and Hope.
So I start, and see where this takes me….
Let’s see if I can get to the hope by starting with the fear….
Concurrently, I am also one of 20 hosts of a blog challenge
(to be announced in a few days)
which is the antidote to my FEAR writing/painting exercise,
and I hope you all decide to join me once a month in that… drum-roll to come.
A note about Sketchbook Project: I wanted to join once before and
after paying my money and getting their idea of a sketchbook I returned it.
For the price I think they should give you the option of lined and unlined books
(it is called the SKETCHBOOK Project not the JOURNAL Project),
and AT LEAST paper where every dang page doesn’t bleed through.
So that is my disclaimer… BAD paper, and I was willing this time because
it is journaling and I want to be part of a national conversation.
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