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.




Sleep Rating



Waning Crescent


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.