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



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.