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.



Sensitive, tender, taking everything personally

Sleep Rating



Last Quarter



What I did

More research. I've moved on to Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, because apparently I can't help myself... And while I do plan to keep reading both fiction and nonfiction throughout this book-building process, I don't plan to keep counting it as 'research'; however, AKR's work is absolutely research (along with being hideously pleasurable) for me at this point. Thanks to awesome reader comments and emails, I also did some brainstorming today. Nothing on paper; my shoulders have been really sore from too much screen time, so this afternoon was spent entirely offline.

Time spent

I didn't actually notice. I'd say, though, that this was an on-and-off-all-day kind of effort, between Skype calls and answering emails and taking a field trip with Dana to an art gallery.


What I learned today (in haiku form):

Sensitive days will / feel inconvenient always. / But what is their gift?