January 16, 2011

Introducing the red pencil

Posted in Books, Writing at 11:22 PM by moxiemuse

 

I know I promised to write more about the novel I started as part of NaNoWriMo in November. December was busy with the holidays and January started off with a bear in my garage and coming down with a strange case of acute laryngitis for 2 weeks.

While I didn’t complete my novel in 50,000 words, I decided I wanted to keep the momentum so I signed up for a 6-week revision workshop with Lani Rich from Storywonk. Hence the big red pencil and why I decided I needed help with the actual editing of my novel even though it is about 75% complete.

I pulled a tarot card from the Rider-Waite deck before we started and asked, “What am I to learn most from this class?” Interestingly enough, the card was the Six of Pentacles, which is all about giving, sharing, balance, wealth, and judgment. Balance is key for me right now in my life so I’m not surprised to see the main character in the card holding a set of scales and deciding which of the two beggars deserves his money and attention. Figuring out what to give to my story and what to take from it is a great metaphor for what I’m juggling now so the card selection couldn’t be more perfect.

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January 4, 2011

The Sketchbook Project

Posted in Art, Spirit, Writing at 2:06 AM by moxiemuse

Logo of The Sketchbook Project

It started late last autumn when my friend Anne was looking for people to participate in The Sketchbook Project with her. I took the bait.

My creative muse was with me this November as I spent much of month working on two big projects:

* writing my first novel as part of NaNoWriMo

* participating in The Sketchbook Project (my sketchbook has just been digitized! http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/moxiemuse)

The Sketchbook Project asks you to choose a theme and I chose the most popular one, A Day in the Life. My book turned out to be more like a journal (lots of writing) than a sketchbook. I didn’t sketch a single thing. Lots of writing and collaging. But mostly writing. Things in my life that mattered. Like tea, essential oils, writing, cats, my darling husband, travel, all things Italian, and friends.

This project is an outreach effort of the Brooklyn Art Library. Each artist is sent the same blank Moleskine sketchbook. There are only two rules: first, the book must be used in some way – no sending back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions (because they don’t want to have to provide an extra suitcase just for my book while they’re touring the country).

Each book will be given a barcode so they can easily catalog it into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once they catalog it, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf – they want to make sure we can stay connected with our sketchbook!

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

28834 artists from 94 countries around the world participated. The tour starts February, 2011.

P.S.

Now that this project is over, I was motivated to continue on my creativity streak. I decided not only to participate in another Art House Coop project called Photomobile, where I chose the theme, Signs and Symbols.

The Sketchbook Project also spurred me to set up a new blog for all things creative in my life. It is called http://moxiemusespark.wordpress.com/ 

Basically, a blog that is less about using words to comment about my life and more about expressing myself through pictures. More right brain, less left brain. I’m still dusting off my creative muscle but feel free to stop on by or subscribe for new postings. I’m still pretty busy finishing up my novel and then working on revising it for submitting to a literary content in mid-February so I doubt there will be a whole lot of stuff on the new blog until late February.