Much ado about Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time began for some of us this past Sunday, which means what we lost on the clock, we gained in evening sunlight.

On social media, you've likely witnessed a mix of groans and cheers.

(And sometimes a groan followed by a cheer from the same person: "Not a fan of leaving for work while it's still dark outside" in your morning feed, and "DST perk: It's still light out when I get home at the end of the day!" in your evening feed.)

You've seen parents post pictures of diaper-clad children, writhing on the floor, wailing, with captions that read: "If anyone doubts the effects of DST on kids and how hard it is for parents: Here. Is. Proof."

You've seen young professionals post selfies from office desks, their mouths obscured by giant mugs, with captions that read: "Today is definitely a multiple-cups-of-coffee kinda day."

What we're all observing, but not necessarily giving voice to is this:

 

Transition is upon us.

 

The season is changing, our environment is changing, our relationship to sunrise and sunset is changing, our energy level is changing.

And although these are all cyclical changes—we've seen them before and we'll see them again—we're invited to pay attention to our lives each time we notice what feels different.

 

Paying attention to our lives is what slows everything down.

 

It's less about the hour of sleep we lost...

Or the hour of daylight we gained...

And more about the fact that we are alive, right now, in a changing world—and we aren't numb to that.

Daylight Saving Time, then, is a reminder that we want to have meaningful goals, we want to be engaged in the experience of living, and we want to spend our time here intentionally.

If you don't like how you used your time from January to now, make a change. This season of transition supports new ways of doing and being in the world.

If you were buzzing right along, working the calendar like a first-quarter ninja, and this transition is throwing you for a loop, adjust accordingly. Within this season, there's room to take your time, not just manage it.

 

Do you want some help figuring out how to seize your days (or even figuring out what you want to seize them for)?

 

I can help with that.

Book a single session (or split it into three 30-minute micro-sessions, if you'd like) or reach out to inquire.

Love,
Helen

What your ambivalence means (and doesn't mean)

I've missed you guys!

It's been five whole weeks since I wrote you properly—and, besides feeling glad to have survived my twenty-eight day commitment, I'm just really happy to get back into the routine of sharing weekly tips on small step taking.

If you didn't have a chance to read the blog after last week's newsletter, here are the final two reports in my daily accountability series:

Day 27/28
Day 28/28

(You'll notice that on Day 28, I came down with a nasty cold and everything kind of went to shit. But my haiku on that last day is by far my favorite. An important life lesson, for sure.)

As I worked on the book throughout the month of February, I thought a lot about a reader question that was suddenly very relevant to me and my experience:

I've been contemplating a lemon water cleanse for quite some time. I excitedly prepared yesterday. Today, I am not excited about it all! Even as I drink it. What's that flip-flop all about?

I'm all too familiar with that sneaky ambivalence, dear reader!

In both my experience and my clients' experience, it tends to come along for the ride whenever we attempt to create a new habit or embark on a new project.

It can accompany change of any sort, but especially the kind of change that requires a commitment.

Many, many times throughout my twenty-eight day project, I was not the least bit excited to work on my book. Some days, I flat out dreaded it.

But I'd been so eager to devote some time to this long-imagined dream of mine!

And I'd even felt a nerdy giddiness over the idea of writing a daily haiku about the process! (So meta! So me!)

I'd wanted an excuse to keep a daily blog, if only for a short time—and here was my opportunity!

So, then: What happened?

 

My idea began its transformation into an action.

 

Suddenly, the concept of what could be was replaced by the reality of what is.

(And that reality required my daily participation.)

Our imaginations, when they're working well, entice us to create what we desire.

Sometimes it goes no further than temptation; too much time between idea and execution and we'll think ourselves right out of doing.

Other times, we take the bait; we don't necessarily realize it's happened—aflutter in some fantasy one minute, knee-deep in materials and plans the next—but there we find ourselves, having announced to our readers that we intend to begin work on a book starting in two days' time.

So, while it was easy for me to imagine having already created the book I often thought about writing, it was an entirely different enterprise to actually task myself with daily book-building activities.

I had to change gears.

From thinking to doing.

From the imagined perfect to the actual imperfect.

From my well-worn daily routine to an uncharted schedule that necessitated my giving an hour of attention to something new.

From the excitement of making the commitment to the slog of following through on the commitment.

That ambivalence we feel as we transform an idea into an action or series of actions?

 

It lets us know that we're alive to the change we're making.

 

It doesn't mean we chose wrong or we don't have the requisite self-discipline or we're too mercurial to commit to anything.

It simply means we're experiencing personal transformation right alongside our idea (as it transforms into an action); in attempting something new, we're becoming someone new.

So, wait a little while before you let your ambivalence talk you out of your project. Recognize that change of any kind often triggers some resistance (which is fear in disguise) in all of us. And keep showing up in the meantime.

Love,
Helen

28/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Calm

Sleep Rating

9/10

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Motivation

Started out good (albeit sleepy), but I didn't seize it; as afternoon approached, I came down with a nasty cold and am now trying to power through my last day here despite feeling like crap

What I did

Hung out with Sara Midda...in the form of continuing to study A Bowl of Olives while lying on the couch, blowing my nose and ingesting Ricola. While I do feel a bit as though I'm phoning it in today, I also simply don't have the energy to do much more than rest my body and mind. Let me tell you: I'd had high hopes for the final day of this creative commitment! And as it turns out, my health had other plans for me... This is my plain and simple reality and, disappointing though it may be, it's really nothing to despair over. (So, remember: Curve balls are part of the process. They mean nothing—unless you make them mean something. Life happens: head colds, sleepless nights, bad moods, full moons. We feel great about the thing we're working on until the thing we're working on seems abysmal and pointless. Cycles. Ebbs and flows. The only measure of success being that you keep showing up and giving it a go anyway.) (That was as much a note to myself as it was to you.)

Time spent

5:00 p.m.—6:49 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Can't ask commitment / to lead to an outcome; it / doesn't work that way.

27/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

4/10 (I was awake on and off throughout the night)

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Motivation

Good, though I feel a bit distracted today

What I did

Finished reformatting modules nine and ten, then went back to module one to refine. Now I'm seeing where I need to flesh things out a bit more. This feels like major progress.

Time spent

11:37 a.m.—12:07 p.m. CST, before lunch; 1:05 p.m.—1:42 p.m. CST after lunch and some reading

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Commitment has a / way of inspiring more / commitment in me.

26/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

9/10

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Motivation

Good

What I did

Finished reformatting modules six through eight. I'm not letting myself think about how 'good' or 'not good' my writing is; right now, my only objective is to get this thing into a format that allows me to visualize my next steps.

Time spent

10:16 a.m.—11:16 a.m. CST (I've a busy day ahead, so I really only had an hour to spare this morning)

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Diving in today, / before I felt like diving, / was my best idea.

25/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Calm, content

Sleep Rating

9/10

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Motivation

Poor (I was motivated to do other things—namely: read, go for a long walk with Dana, read some more—but less motivated to be on my computer today)

What I did

Finished reformatting modules two through five, and am halfway through six. Rock on! (Only problem is: In this particular edit/reformat, I'm second-guessing everything I've written. Somehow it all reads horribly? Is this because it's 9 p.m. on a Sunday night? Is it because the writing sucks and I'm only now realizing it? THIS IS MY CREATIVE PROCESS. 🤦🏻‍♀️)

Time spent

6:17 p.m.—6:39 p.m. CST, while dinner was in the oven; 8:04 p.m.—8:45 p.m. CST, after I finally pulled myself away from Parks & Recreation

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

I still don't enjoy / working on this at night! Self- / sabotage, hello. 👋

24/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

A bit tired, but otherwise upbeat

Sleep Rating

8/10

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

Motivation

Good

What I did

Finished reformatting the first module. (It looks great. 😊) Onward!

Time spent

11:16 a.m.—12:20 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Getting it "right" takes / time—feels like forever, but... / it's Day Twenty-Four.

23/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Calm, content

Sleep Rating

7/10

Moon

First Quarter

Motivation

Good

What I did

Continued reformatting the first module. Once I get this where I want it, the other modules should plug into it like a template. Fingers crossed.

Time spent

10:45 a.m.—11:47 a.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Stay focused on the / single step; look ahead too / far, greet overwhelm.

22/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Tired from yesterday's funk, but otherwise upbeat

Sleep Rating

5/10 (really not sleeping well these days)

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Great

What I did

Okay, I'm back to actually plugging through the text, itself. Taking a ton of inspiration from Sara Midda, as well as some from Pia Jane Bijkerk (whose book, My Heart Wanders—and really, whose whole aesthetic—is just lovely), I dove back into my writing and started playing around with a more relaxed approach to the layout. Along the way, I continued to edit. Also, I've got a specific reader/participant in mind now, which is helping me to fine-tune my tone. I remember Laura Simms saying she wrote The Purpose Paradigm for one client—and the result was loads of people telling her they felt as though she'd read their minds and then wrote a book just for them. Counterintuitive, but I believe it. (Incidentally, I totally feel as though Laura wrote that book for me, so there.)

Time spent

8:40 a.m.—9:53 a.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

An early hour / scheduled is a better / hour for this work.

(And a bonus haiku: Why has it taken / me twenty-two days to make / this shift? Trick question.)

21/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Grumpy, irritable, tender, emotional

Sleep Rating

6/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Poor

What I did

More Sara Midda. Quite frankly, I was lucky to have gotten anything done today at all. I "woke up punching," as Dana put it (not literally, of course), and found it very difficult to recover from such a rocky start to the day.

Time spent

2:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. CST, with a plan to double down on this project in the next seven days

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Fewer things are more / important than wellness; some / days, that's the project.

20/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Cautious about falling in the gloomy/despondent hole again, but mostly in good spirits

Sleep Rating

6/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Good

What I did

Inspiration-hunting, continued. Still on a Sara Midda bent. Her page layouts are typically sparse on text and heavy on illustration—which makes me wonder if I should try experimenting with fewer words per page (and more pages). Easier, more engaging to read? Space for mind-wandering? Not sure yet.

Time spent

This morning over coffee, between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and between 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

There are cycles to / everything (not learned today, / simply remembered).

19/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

A bit anxious; gloomy

Sleep Rating

9/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Good

What I did

Inspiration-hunting. After feeling terribly discouraged by my attempts to translate onto paper the delightful thing that's in my mind, I decided today's work needed to be about reconnecting to what I found so enchanting about my original vision. Enter my bookshelf of magic, specifically three of Sara Midda's glorious watercolor explorations (Sara Midda's South of France, A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory, and In and Out of the Garden). While I can feel the discouragement ebbing, I'm not ready to forge ahead just yet—this project of mine has just over a week remaining (obviously I'll keep working on it, but will quit the daily documentation here), and I need to start cultivating some wonder for myself in this part of the process (as opposed to gnashing my teeth and generally treating its like some hideous calculus problem I can't solve). This is supposed to be fun, Helen! Lighten up!

Time spent

On and off throughout the early afternoon, but specific times weren't logged

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Forget design! What's / THE FEELING you want to have / and inspire here?

18/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

8/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Poor

What I did

Today found us up north, visiting Dana's family for the whole day, so it wasn't until late this evening that I had a chance to think about Phase Two of the project. Besides some tinkering with layout (I'm having second thoughts about the size and format of the pages...and while it probably doesn't sound like something I should worry about right now, it's proving to be a critical decision I need to make before moving forward), tonight's efforts were of the thinking-versus-doing variety. Plus some Pinterest-scrolling for editorial design inspiration. Definitely not my most productive hour, but I figure some days are more, others are less. No sweat.

Time spent

8:41 p.m.—9:54 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Probably should have / worked on this first thing today, / not now—sleep beckons.

17/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Calm

Sleep Rating

10/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Good

What I did

Completed a mockup of the fourth, fifth, and sixth modules (layout, formatting, fonts, etc.). I'm noticing some frustration coming up as I struggle to translate my vision onto paper, but I know a mockup is exactly that. Even though I have more time today, limiting myself to an hour seems like a good decision—the frustration tells me it's time to step away.

Time spent

3:26 p.m.—4:31 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

I don't have to push / through frustration; in fact, my / hour is complete.

16/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

8/10

Moon

Waxing Crescent

Motivation

Good

What I did

Completed a mockup of the second and third modules (layout, formatting, fonts, etc.). Since I created a basic template yesterday, this didn't even take a full hour to do. I'm not going to split hairs about the hour, though—we were away from home the entire day, so I'm glad to have accomplished so much in just 40 minutes this evening (when all I really wanted to do was pick up the novel I'm reading and lounge on the couch).

Time spent

7:34 p.m.—8:16 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Relationships are / my priority; still, there's / time for this goal, too.

15/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

A bit anxious

Sleep Rating

6/10

Moon

New Moon

Motivation

Great

What I did

Completed a mockup of the first module (layout, formatting, fonts, etc.).

Time spent

9:10 a.m.—10:20 a.m. CST, plus on and off throughout the afternoon and early evening, in between Skype calls and a long walk (50 degrees here today—being outside was essential!)

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Working on layout / makes concrete this thing that is / otherwise abstract.

14/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

6/10

Moon

Waning Crescent

Motivation

Great

What I did

Continued mapping out chapters and compiling a list of the illustrations and supplemental materials I need to create. Considering themes and motifs, and playing around with possible execution.

Time spent

I didn't schedule a designated hour today, nor did I log the specific time I spent working, but I used small pockets between 2:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. when I wasn't coaching or doing yoga.

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

This is more than a / book; it's hope and care and love, / and it's mine to birth.

13/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

6/10

Moon

Waning Crescent

Motivation

Good

What I did

Considered possible layout for each chapter/module and began plugging my writing into one. This wasn't what I planned to do this evening, but my focus wasn't there and I wanted still to accomplish something—sometimes we have to settle for mindless arranging of text. In any case, this exercise was useful in that it got me to start thinking about the visual experience I'd like my participants to have. (Wondering why I wrote "participants" instead of "readers"? Go back to 11/28, where I explain.)

Time spent

4:15ish p.m.—6:00 p.m., but not constantly

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

I thought a "lack of / focus" was hocus-pocus, / but it's not; it's real.

12/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

7/10

Moon

Waning Crescent

Motivation

Great

What I did

Began mapping out each chapter and compiling a list of the illustrations and supplemental materials I'll need to create.

Time spent

Several significant chunks of time between 2:25 p.m.—5:30 p.m. CST, with a break for some yoga and to check in on the laundry (the washing machine was rocking out in the basement)

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

Steps accumulate / when you break them in half and / get lost in movement.

11/28

book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.

 

Mood

Upbeat

Sleep Rating

9/10

Moon

Waning Crescent

Motivation

Poor...but once Dana and I began talking, good

What I did

Avoided plugging into the book until Dana came downstairs and caught me "doing more research" (paging through Nick Bantock's The Trickster's Hat once again, checking in on a friend's Facebook Live, generally not accomplishing much of anything)... We wound up tossing around some ideas and strategies for what I'm now referring to as Phase Two of the book-building process. (Phase One began back in late 2015 and was called Year of Wonder; fifteen paying participants received a handwritten letter from me every month for a year. Each letter contained some instructions for locating or creating delight in the every day. It was absolutely a labor of love, but not without its rewards—it's become the meat of my book!) I'm coming to see that Phase Two isn't actually the book, itself (that's Phase Three); Phase Two asks for interaction, and it will require the participation of a small group of folks. Maybe you'll be one of them?

Time spent

5:25 p.m.—7:18 p.m. CST

 

What I learned today (in haiku form):

I created a / living thing; it's not ready / to sit on a shelf.