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 Gibbous



What I did

Research—specifically, I plowed through Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (Amy Krouse Rosenthal) in fewer than 24 hours. The encyclopedia format for a memoir delights me to no end (you know how I know? Because I find myself thinking, Dammit, that's so good, I wish I'd thought of it first)... Of course it isn't the right format for my project, but the very fact that it's an option for a work of nonfiction means there's very likely a host of other possibilities I've yet to consider.

Time spent

7:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. CST, roughly


What I learned today (in haiku form):

When you think you need / to read, read. Read to receive / answers, more questions.