New prompts — January 2019:

1. NOSTALGIA

What was felt more deeply because it took you back to your past?

2. DETAIL

James Salter wrote: “Life is weather, life is meals.” Describe a meaningful moment involving each in the last month.

3. ADJUST

What are you amid that is almost (but not quite) right? A draft, a relationship, an injury…what needs refinement and attention?

4. INDULGENT

When were you indulgent?

5. SELF-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.


PAST PROMPTS:

nature:

An intimate experience with the natural world. Example: this summer the cicadas arrived, by the billions. The sight and sound of them was significant.

object:

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.

surprise:

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.

encounter:

An encounter with a stranger or an acquaintance that resonates.

night out:

Most memorable occasion when out at night.

day out:

Sorting through the days away from home for the most meaningful one and writing it up.

time alone

time with a friend

creative act:

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.

UTILITY:

When did you feel useful?

PROPORTION:

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.

CHANGE:

A meaningful change that impacts the way you live (either that you initiated or that entered from outside)

NEW IDEA:

A new way of looking at things, or something to attempt in the future

DISCARD:

Something you decided to rid from your life, or perhaps that you are particularly happy to see come to a close.

GRATITUDE:

Something to honor this month

STORY:

What’s the best story you heard this month?

ART EXPERIENCE:

An encounter with art in any form

ABSENCE:

WHAT WAS MISSING ?