A reading challenge has been issued at "An Exacting Life" and I am taking it on. It really does mesh well with the reading challenges I began at the beginning of the year.
The goal is to whittle down those many books we have on our shelves that we haven't read. I have soooo many of those! Read Down the House
My problem (but also my obsession!) is that when I see a book I have to read (especially at Costco), I end up buying it.
I have decided that for the rest of the year I will not buy any more books, but focus on the books on my many shelves that are calling out to be read.
There are 10 weeks left of this year (!) and 52 weeks next year which adds up to 62 books (my age next year - I like the symmetry there). So minimum of 1 book a week (although I may read more.)
Here are the first 26 I plan to read (not in any particular order):
Fiction Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden U is for Understanding by Sue Grafton The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom Unless by Carol Shields Lives of Mothersand Daughters by Alice Munro And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirov Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Non-Fiction Wheat Belly by William Davis Undiet by Meghan Telpner Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss Forks over Knives by Gene Stone On Writing by Stephen King If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox The Bread Winner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeeken Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreaux The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Life is a Verb by Patti Digh A Woman's Worth by Marianne Willaimson Living Me to We by Craig and Marc Kielberger Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
This past week my creative output was more writing than art. I had entered a writing contest through Harlequin and had to have the novel finished by the 18th. I worked on it throughout the week, but by the end of the week I knew I was not one of the 50 (of 650+ who entered) chosen for the second round. I am glad I entered - I learned a bit, wrote a lot and am inspired to write more. In fact, I have entered a second opportunity through Historical Harlequin, which will have an editor give me feedback on an historical novel I am working on. That will definitely be a valuable experience.
The 18th was the Full Harvest Moon and as usual, I created a dreamboard. The question to focus on was: What would I love an abundance of?
As I thought of what it was I was seeking, the phrase treasure my time, love and joy appeared and that is what emerged as I created the dreamboard.
The backgrounds were gelli papers. (Treasure was crated by joining individual letter stencils together - a wonderful technique from Carolyn Dube' free letter stencil course!)
I really do want an abundance of: love, joy, faith, friendship, good health. and art, with lots of time for reading writing and creating.
This week at Collage Obsession the theme was Patterns and I had fun finding patterns in magazines.
I created a number of ATCs this week for swaps:
I created a 5 x 7 autumn scene for a swap, finishing it by stamping leaves with acrylic paint.
I have started reading "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden. It is quite a fascinating read, but one that you do not rush.
I plan to read a book by Alice Munro who just won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
I have been missing for a number of days. It began with a busy weekend of visiting, but extended when I needed to really evaluate what I wanted to do with my time - especially online. I was not accomplishing what I hoped and felt that I wasn't reaching many people.
I entered a writing competition and needed time to finish my script. I knew that I could not, and did not want to, finish the31 days of change. I am creating daily but posting everyday was not being realistic. I have decided to limit my time online and will post when I feel moved to.
Thanks for checking in. I do so appreciate all those who stop by, especially when comments are made.
The joy poster for today is a result of a full day of cleaning/sorting/decluttering. I am slowing shedding my house of my massive collection of teacher stuff and books. I am tired, yes but also pleased with what I have accomplished today. Still lots to do, but I see an end in sight.
When I saw this quote, I knew it was the one. We should be happy with where we live. We really don't need a lot. My house is only a thousand sq. feet. So many have even less.
(The stencil I won from Jessica Sporn - finally able to use it. No printer today as there was no ink. And being tired I went for a simple message!
I discovered a new photo challenge while visiting "Daily Bread" for her series "Less is More".
I love photo challenges and since there are not many taking part yet thought I would join in.
The theme this week is "red" - one of my favourite colours.
Here are a few red things around our house:
An apple made by a student to add to my collection
My hubby's favourite hat from our favourite racetrack.
Red feather pen (from our wedding) in a red glasss.
Every day is a day to seek beauty and joy. Some days are easier than others. I awoke to a beautiful sky with pink streaks. I had to get my camera and record the beauty. I love skies - so the day started off joyfully.
As well today, some things that brought me joy were:
reading a lovely book
creating a new joy page
laughing with a couple of young kids and their mother today after I bopped him with my bag while I was getting off the bus
Be sure to check here
at The Nesting Place, where there are literally
hundreds of others taking part in the "31 Days of Change" for October. It's not
too late to join!
The sky early this morning was lovely - soft pink showing through the blue.
Yesterday afternoon's sky was lovely in a different way:
Be sure to check out the wonderful skies from around the world here.
Jane hosts this fun meme. As she says : "I want to invite you to
join me in sharing photos of those odd little things you just have to
photograph, things that inspire you, thrill you, make you laugh or make you
It has been a busy day - from working on ATCs, to going to my watercolour course to creating a holiday book through Shutterfly. All brought a sense of accomplishment.
I am trying as well to really focus on what I am working on - to be in the moment, to be mindful. (a number of bloggers have mentioned this - great advice!)
I created this Joy collage to focus on this:
In the watercolour class, we worked on a landscape. I will need much practice but it was enjoyable.
It was hearing from 2 of my children today, though, that gave me much joy. It is a real treat to talk with them and hear their news and now that they are safe and happy and well.
Be sure to check here at The
Nesting Place, where there are literally hundreds of others taking part in
the "31 Days of Change" for October. It's not too late to join!