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Sound of Paper: Keeping our Footing, waiting for fame

five activities that help me to feel grounded

  1. baking
  2. washing up
  3. having a shower
  4. putting my hands on the earth
  5. concentrating on my breathing

fifty things I value about myself (I’m feeling like I’m getting big headed having to think of all these good things about myself)!- withj a ‘fame’ type theme this time

  1. I organised three charity gigs
  2. I did quite a popular radio show
  3. I ran a feminist group
  4. I was part of an animal rights group
  5. I posted good things about my day, every day last year
  6. I did a photo a day project one year and completed it
  7. I completed nanowrimo two times
  8. I attempted nanowrimo eight times (I think)!
  9. I had something published in the local paper about feminism
  10. I was quoted in an article in the independent to do with the pussy riot protest
  11. I was interviewed for a podcast
  12. I was interviewed for a zine
  13. I was the first one to be chosen to learn to dispense at work (of the people who started around the same time)
  14. I won tickets to hard rock hell
  15. I interviewed paramore (well two questions)
  16. I interviewed robots in disguise
  17. I also interviewed Sue Denim separetely
  18. and Dee Plume..
  19. I won tickets to see Suzanne Vega
  20. I won tickets to see Hair
  21. I got up on the stage for the finale of Hair
  22. I’ve had poems published
  23. I wrote a few articles for Mookychick
  24. I wrote for thegirlsare
  25. I wrote for Joyzine
  26. I write for The F Word
  27. I wrote for Disrupt
  28. I wrote for Firebrand magazine
  29. i wrote for Louder Than Hell
  30. I wrote for Wears the Trousers
  31. I have done a silent dj set
  32. I have done a dj set at Saks (twice)
  33. I have done a dj set at The Railway (three times)
  34. I organised a Bodylove flashmob
  35. I volunteered at Million Women Rise
  36. I’ve attended Million Women Rise alone
  37. I’ve attended Don’t Turn Back Time, a feminist protest alone
  38. I’ve attended feminism in london alone
  39. I attended witchfest alone
  40. I’ve walked on fire
  41. I’ve walked on glass
  42. I have done a sweat lodge and managed to stay in for the whole time
  43. I’ve learned to play a few songs on the ukulele
  44. I’ve wrote a zine
  45. I can read faery oracle cards
  46. I can do faery healing
  47. I’ve shaken hands with Patti Smith
  48. I’ve done the Colourthon twice

49. I’ve done a film fundraiser for the local women’s shelter

50. I’ve been to gigs alone

 

five choices I am proud of

  1. going vegan
  2. choosing to be a pagan
  3. choosing to be a faery shaman
  4. choosing to join the spiritual group I was in
  5. choosing to marry my husband 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Sound of Paper: Remembering who we are, resiliency and courage

  1. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m really organised
  2. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m a good listener
  3. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m creative
  4. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m compassionate
  5. something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m caring
  6. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m interesting
  7. Something I really appreciate about myself is that I am passionate
  8. something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m generous
  9. something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m a hard worker
  10. something I really appreciate about myself is that I’m unique

 

5 blows from which I recovered

  1. a relationship break down
  2. depression
  3. friendship breakdown
  4. argumentative relationships

can’t think of a 5th..

5 ways I have been courageous for my art

  1. I took part in NaNoWriMO for over 5 years
  2. I’ve volunteered myself to read poetry in public
  3. I’ve contacted publishers about a book in the past
  4. I’ve submitted poetry to publications
  5. I’ve posted my work online

 

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Sound of Paper: Waiting For Water, Hope and Seasonality

  1. Something I really love doing is watching birds
  2. Something I really love doing is writing
  3. Something I really love doing is walking
  4. Something I really love doing is meditation
  5. Something I really love doing is playing singing games
  6. Something I really love doing is dancing
  7. Something I really love doing is reading
  8. Something I really love doing is talking to friends
  9. Something I really love doing is going to the library

10.Something I really love doing is being creative

I have already done something from this list today- meditating.

Hope

  1. I hope that I can find a better job
  2. I hope that Miguel feels healthier soon
  3. I hope that I will be able to read my poetry with ease
  4. I hope I will be able to complete my book
  5. I hope that I can go to the places I want to visit this year
  6. I hope that money gets easier
  7. I hope that I will be able to do voluntary work one day
  8. I hope that the earth healing group will make a positive difference
  9. I hope I’m not setting my aims too high
  10. I hope that I can make a difference to the world

Five Projects I’m involved in and the season I’m in

  1. writing a book (winter as I’m not being very active with it right now)
  2. Earth healing group (spring, feels fresh and exciting)
  3. Passionate women group (also spring, as a new project)
  4. job hunting (autumn, slow)
  5. reading poetry (spring, never done before)

 

 

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Sound of Paper: In Between

In Between-

this was to buy a book from a children’s store about something you’re curious about. I actually did this without the prompt, coincidence? We have book ‘clubs’ that turn up at my work where you can books for quite cheap and they have display copies you can look at before you order. I hadn’t ever seen anything that took my fancy but the other day I found one about wildlife which was for children but actually looked very informative so I decided to get it! It’s really interesting and you can barely tell it’s designed for children apart from the odd reference about asking parents or school holidays. It will come in very useful when I take part in the ‘Birdwatch’ hour for RSPB this weekend!

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this concludes my third week of working with the sound of paper, I think I did a task every day this week. I went on an artist date- I looked at new stationary (but couldn’t find any)! I did do the hour walk but not the shorter walks.

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Sound of Paper: Keeping safe and Just Do It

Keeping safe- five things to provide continuity and structure in my life:

1. socialize once a week

2. do morning pages

3. write in diary every day

4. do faeryland journeys three times a week

5. meditate daily

Just do it- five actions related to my creative work

1. pick poems to read at the open mic

2. put a writing portfolio together

3. write up old writing

4. finish stories that I never finished

can’t think of a fifth!

 

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Sound of Paper: Good Husbandry and Getting At It

Good Husbandry

what tiny changes could I make?

in the bathroom…. clean the shower door properly, get some nice bubble baths and essential oils, get some new towels

in the bedroom…tidy up the stuff by my side of the bed, tidy up my clothes, get some new bedding

in the living room..tidy up the table, sort out the book shelves, sort out the games and dvds

in the kitchen…clean the cupboards, put a plant in there, put some nice photos on the fridge

wardrobe from shoulders to top of head…have at least one hat, a new scarf, buy some new jewellery

wardrobe from shoulders to waist…more jumpers, a new coat

wardrobe from waist to knees…more trousers!

wardrobe from knees to floor…more shoes

tools you use for you art…get a fancy pen (still haven’t found a fancy one I find comfortable writing with), get a gorgeous notebook, get a laptop

now I should attempt to make at least one tiny change in each area…

Getting At It

ways I have inched forward today

1. I wrote my morning pages

2. I attempted to write a poem

3. I looked at jobs

4. I emailed a friend

5. I didn’t waste time

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Sound of Paper: Taming Time and Trust

five tasks I’ve been procrastinating about:

1. actually writing my book

2. writing speculative applications for jobs I might like

3. having my hair cut

4. buying new trousers

5. finishing my ‘action’ board

I now need to try and execute this list in a week to prove to myself I do have time!

 

five things I don’t trust to work out

1. finding a job I actually like

2. finishing my book

3. for the healing business to succeed

4. for my current job to get any better

I can’t actually think of a fifth.

five things that have worked out despite my lack of trust

1. finished NANOWRIMO two years in a row.

2. found a great flat when we needed one

3. found a new job when I wanted to leave my last one

4. our handfasting

5. walked on fire!

 

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Sound of paper: Cross Country and drought

As there is so many exercises in The Sound of paper, I have decided to do two a day.

Cross Country

1. A Great adventure I’d love to have is..going to Glastonbury

2. A Great adventure I’d love to have is..climbing a mountain

3.  A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to fly to the moon

4.  A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to travel across America

5.  A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to go to the Eiffel tower

6. A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to swim with wild dolphins

7. A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to go wale watching

8. A Great adventure I’d love to have is…to scuba dive

9. A Great adventure I’d love to have is..to stalk Kathleen Hanna!

10. A Great adventure I’d love to have is…to sing with Joan Jett.

some of these are totally unrealistic and are literally the first things I thought of. I am already aiming to try and get to Glastonbury this year.

Drought

ten kindness to myself ideas.

  1. bubble bath
  2. eating fruit salad
  3. herbal teas
  4. get healing
  5. have a head massage
  6. take a walk
  7. have hair cut
  8. have a lay in
  9. drink a glass of wine
  10. don’t do anything for a day.

 

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Sound of Paper- teachability

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly I’d try singing more publicly.

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly I’d try dance classes.

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly I would make jewellery.

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly I would write a novel(!)

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly I’d run a charity

 

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Sound of Paper: What if?

so I’m starting my third week now of using The Sound of Paper book.

To be honest I’ve had a really bad week during week 2. Work has completely drained me. I managed to do my morning pages all but one day, I didn’t make any time for an “Artist date” or much for the walks. I only did one half hour walk (which was to town) and just the walk to work and back, but no pure walking for walking’s sake. I did exercises from the book all but one day.

This week I’m starting with the exercise: What If?

Five imaginary lives that sound fun to me:

1. rock star

2. faery

3. mermaid

4. pirate

5. famous author

what could I do in my life to draw me closer to these..

play Rockband!, dress up like a faery, go swimming, drink rum(!), and write! sounds like a great Saturday night lol!

 

 

 

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