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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Exciting Times - Row80 Check in 6

This has been an incredible week and I am loving every minute of it. Before I talk about all of that I want to talk about my offline journal. Tui at Mental Mosaic has given me much inspiration for everything from writing to journaling to how to schedule my day to possibly doing a photo essay in the near future. Tui recently posed a  question whether anyone still journals in a real journal or just journals on the computer or online now.
First time I doodled my little monsters.

They morphed into my wild woman.




I love my offline journal and typically take it with me almost everywhere. The thing is I had the same one for a couple of years. It was thick and I didn't write in it every day but I did love writing in it. It is the first journal I started doodling in. It is the journal that freed my inner artist. 


And her personality grew.



At the end of last year I lovingly had to finish working out of that journal. I hated having to set it aside because it no longer had any more blank pages. You see one of the reasons I loved that journal so much was because it had both lined and blank pages. My handwriting and print is so atrocious I really needed the lines to keep my writing in check and not get too big or all over the page. I discovered with the blank pages I loved to doodle. 






These symbols were channeled in.


I never really “doodled” all that much in my life because I thought I couldn't draw. I was under the misconception if you couldn't make some spectacularly beautiful piece of art you weren't an artist and should't draw at all. This journal not only gave me permission, nobody else was going to see it, but it also showed me how doodling helped me connect to my higher self and would lead my writing to a deeper place. Because of this I will often write and doodle in my journal no matter how much I write online.






I love the different personalities of my wild woman.





Now the problem is that I couldn't find a new journal with both lined and blank pages. Over the last year I have just carried around notebooks to write, journal and make notes in. I hadn't really been doodling all that much except in creating my mandalas, which is different, and I was sorely missing it.







Creating with color.


This week I finally made the decision to buy a blank notebook and make it my new journal. I love it. It is an artist flip book that is, I believe, 5x7 which is smaller than my last journal. I am not going to worry about the lines anymore and I will doodle, draw, and journal to my heart's content.








Row80 Check in

This has been a very busy week:
  • I am writing with Shan on the writing experiment which is quite fun 
  • I have the first two books to read for my very first and second Book Reviews for this website 
  • I have been working on a writing contest that I will be holding starting next week (check out the new web pages above)
  • I have increased my wordmongering for the stories I am working on to as many as I can fit in a day increasing my word count to 1500 - 3000 a day
  • I am continuing to do my 750words.com 
  • I did another flash fiction. 
  • And I did two blog posts


My crazy and lovable wild woman.


I think that is all. I had to implement Tui's timing schedule from her blog post, My 20on 10off Writing Plan to keep up with everything but it is working quite well. I do 30/10 that works best for me. Until Sunday, have a great rest of the week!


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18 comments:

  1. Hi Morgain,

    I feel honored to be part of your inspiration! I find my connection with you inspiring, as well!

    Ah, the magic of the internet. :)

    I love what you say about giving yourself permission to draw. Plus, talk about synchronicity, my post today is all about giving yourself permission slips. I, too, recently realized how much I love to doodle. I have been wanting to start a mixed media journal, but still haven't done so...

    ~Tui

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    1. Get a blank artist journal and go to town with different colored pens, markers, highlighters (oh how I love coloring with my highlighters), water color pencils and have a blast. I also highly recommend drawing circles and not picking up your pen for a minute or so. You will find it connects you in and opens up to your higher self to go deeper with your writing. I love it!

      I love sharing the online world with you!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  2. Hi Morgan,

    Love your message about not doodling becuase you thought you couldn't draw. I could repeat those words verbatim! This is inspiring however, I might just have to get myself a journal to start doodling and see what happens :)

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    1. I hope you do! It has completely opened up my creativity and allowed me to create art first for me and now I share it with the world. Nice meeting you tonight at Commenthour and I hope to see you next week.

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  3. Great post, stopping by from #commenthour

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and hope you will visit again soon!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  4. Rather than writing in an actual journal, mine has become the paper source for letters that I write regularly, about every ten days. As the letters are rather introspective, I suspect there's still a bit of the journal in them, although I haven't had any complaints. Like you, I cannot completely leave the physical act of writing to keyboard alone, and now, you inspire me to doodle. Great post and doodle pics!

    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen, I hope you will allow yourself to doodle it is great fun and it can be a great meditative tool.

      Always nice seeing you!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  5. I also write a journal but I never thought of buying a blank one I can doodle in! I write every day but really enjoy drawing as well so I'll definitely be buying a blank-paged journal next time.. Who knows where it will lead me!

    Thanks for the great post and for sharing your drawings with us,
    Gina

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    1. The possibilities are endless! I'm glad I inspired you to try something new. May you have many happy doodling/drawing adventures!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  6. I love to doodle! I have gone through times in my life when I could actually "draw" something great, usually though, just doodles. Sometimes doodles express things that words can not.
    You have inspired me to get a little doodle tablet to keep with me :)
    Visiting from #CommentHour

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    1. That is wonderful! I am sure you will find much happiness in your doodle/drawing journey!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  7. I like your new jounal. It's time to write outside of the lines :-)

    #commenthour

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    1. I am enjoying it! I will take some pics & post some of my new doodles soon. They are quite fun!

      Nice to see you!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  8. You guys are so awesome! I am not keeping up with my personal writing goals at all.

    I am glad you learned to write outside the lines :D

    See you at #commenthour I hope!

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    1. Hey Susan nice to see you! Anything I can do to help you with your writing goals? What kind of encouragement, support and/or challenges do you need to thrive and write? Let me know and I am there, online that is. :D I don't think we live anywhere near each other.

      Yes, I will see you tonight at #commenthour, look forward to it!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  9. I love the free form of this! All of my notes used to look like this in the margins in middle school, high school, and college. Maybe it's something that I should pick up again!! Visiting from Chasing Joy, have an awesome day :)

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    1. I hope that you do pick it up again. Thanks for stopping by!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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