New prompts — January 2019:
What was felt more deeply because it took you back to your past?
James Salter wrote: “Life is weather, life is meals.” Describe a meaningful moment involving each in the last month.
What are you amid that is almost (but not quite) right? A draft, a relationship, an injury…what needs refinement and attention?
When were you indulgent?
When were you self-indulgent?
6. MINOR SECRETS
Describe something you did in private.(Perhaps not a "secret," but maybe something that never occurred to you to share…)
7. PARE BACK
Did you simplify something?
8. CULTURE LIST
What was read, watched, seen, listened to? And consider the ratio between the mediums.
An intimate experience with the natural world. Example: this summer the cicadas arrived, by the billions. The sight and sound of them was significant.
This is the only category with two entries—old object and new object. An old object is one that’s been around but this month was rediscovered, brought forward, or valued in some way that ‘woke us up’ to it. Example: Setting out my dad’s arrowhead collection. A new object is one that entered our life this month in a meaningful way.
An out-of-the-blue experience that has strong surprise, even shock, qualities. Example: I opened a little-used clothes cupboard in our old house and startled a squirrel nesting with new-born babies in an old fleece jacket.
An encounter with a stranger or an acquaintance that resonates.
Most memorable occasion when out at night.
Sorting through the days away from home for the most meaningful one and writing it up.
time with a friend
I teach workshops and give lectures. These can be creative acts. But there are also domestic acts that are creative. For example, I make a design project out of the stacking of redwood.
When did you feel useful?
A detail reminding you of scale — you are part of a greater whole. Last month a moment like this was felt during an outdoor shower — a sensorial mix of heat and cold and steam and silence. Maybe it is a dream, a poem, a current event.
A meaningful change that impacts the way you live (either that you initiated or that entered from outside)
A new way of looking at things, or something to attempt in the future
Something you decided to rid from your life, or perhaps that you are particularly happy to see come to a close.
Something to honor this month
What’s the best story you heard this month?
An encounter with art in any form
WHAT WAS MISSING ?