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.


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.


November 29, 2010

And the winner is…

Posted in Writing tagged at 3:51 AM by moxiemuse

Winner of National Novel Writing Month 2010

The official certificate for all those participants who met the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days


I’m going to take a well-deserved rest and tackle the enormous task of editing in the month of December. Stay tuned as I’ll share more over the next week or so.

November 25, 2010

The blessings of snow

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How I'm going to look and feel on December 1st, post-NaNoWriMo

Day 24 and total word count is 44,013

I’ve been fortunate to have been able to stay home some this week and start my Thanksgiving holiday week a bit early, giving me time to crank out more words. My massage therapist yesterday could feel the physical effects the extra typing and sitting have been wreaking on my body. In the end though, my passion and discipline have fueled me and masked the pain well 🙂

According to my stats, I’m ahead but the stats don’t take into account visiting family. Fortunately, I’m taking November 29th off, to finish up at 50,000+ words and call it a day. The picture above says it all.

November 22, 2010

Getting closer

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Day 21: 38, 865 words

November 18, 2010

The humorous side of novel writing

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I couldn’t help but chuckle at our friend Guy Smith’s wry endeavor: Cynical Word of the Day from his website, Cynical Word of the Day. The word of the day from Thursday, November 17th, made my day so I’m including it in my blog post so you can laugh, too.

Cynical Word of the Day: "Novel"

3/5 of the way there

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Day 17 and 31,254 words

November 15, 2010

Spontaneity, serendipity, and synchronicity

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Day 14 and total word count is 28,785

Over the course of this weekend, spontaneous meanderings in the name of research for my novel has led to some surprising serendipitous occurrences and delightful synchronistic discoveries.

Spontaneity (n): The exhibiting of actions, impulses, or behaviour that are stimulated by internal processes.


Serendipity (n): An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Synchronicity (n): An apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated.

November 14, 2010

Past the half-way point

Posted in Writing tagged at 7:10 AM by moxiemuse

In honor of passing my half-way point, I created a vision or dream board about the success I see for my novel(s).

Day 13

Total Word Count: 26166

November 13, 2010

Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

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That was the refrain during last night’s Eastside NaNo Writers Group meet-up at Panera in Redmond.

The meeting room didn’t have a lot of ventilation so we’d occasionally get too hot during our timed “word wars” and have to open the doors and be subjected to the noisy patrons in the restuarant who couldn’t care less about the pressure we were under 😉

In the space of 90 minutes, we had 5 timed word wars, where we competed with one another to write more than the other. The prizes were miniature rubber ducks in some sort of costume. The person who wrote the most words at the end of the night won a lighted rubber ducky. A most prized possesion amongst us NaNos (participants in NaNoWriMo). The ducks have a history* unto themselves and I’ve put that info at the bottom of this post.

I, fortunately, have a military version one that Jason happened to have and was PERFECT for Veteran’s Day. Also, with his cap and uniform, he does have a commanding presence so he was quite “influential” last night in helping me write.

Now, if I were the obeying sort, I would have accomplished more than my evening’s word count but hey, I can always pay attention to his order tomorrow when I plan to play catch up big time.

Day 11: 19,925 words


For those of you who are new to Seattle NaNoWriMo, or haven’t heard yet, we have a thing for duckies in this region. Mostly the rubber ducky began as a way for wrimos to recognize each other in a café full of laptops. If you get to a write-in and you can’t find the NaNo contingent, the first thing to look for is a rubber duck. For the whole story of the duck and how it came to be our mascot, check out the hydrophobicduck community on LiveJournal or in our note on facebook. Short version: we’re poking fun at the University of Oregon. And we tend to include some ‘odd ducks’ in our novels. They’ve been hydrophobic, had antennae, been on fire, been in groups, been made into hats and made strange noises, been upside-down and THIS YEAR’S DUCK WILL BE CAMOUFLAGED OR OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO SEE. It’s a fun exercise and should be an interesting way to get an extra few hundred words.

November 10, 2010

A picture tells…18,005 words

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