Earlier this year, I blogged about reasons to keep a journal.
I did this primarily to convince myself to follow my own advice.
It makes sense when you think about it: summer holidays are over; both grade school and university classes are recommencing; the days are shorter; the weather is cooler.
It was this—the inherent uncertainty of any long gap of time—that convinced me to go to the recent writers’ conference of the Historical Novel Society’s North American chapter, held June 20-23 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Writers’ conferences are expensive, even more so with the exchange from Canadian dollars for those held in the United States. Still, as a writer of historical fiction, I felt it was important for me to go.
On the one hand, if you’ve yet to do any work toward your goals for the year, mid-year seems to represent the latest you could realistically start and still achieve the full desired result.
It’s time for me to make account of my progress on my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019.
Not literally; I’ve never met or communicated with the renowned author and screenwriter personally.
However in her bestselling creative self-help book/program The Artist’s Way, which I completed in 2011, she advocates a practice of “morning pages”—three handwritten, stream-of-consciousness pages of journaling first thing every morning.
However negatively this mantra tends to be received, especially online, I am here for it because for me, I have a pretty good track record of making it work.
“The only thing worse than having no man is having a useless one.”
My dad had been living there, but passed away almost two years ago (it will be exactly two years at the start of December).
Part of this, I suspect, has to do with societal perceptions of sadness itself. It’s seen as a “negative” emotion—a state of mind meant to be avoided and eliminated as much as possible, by whatever means necessary.