Sunday Salon: July 20, 2014
We were spoiled rotten this week, weather-wise – highs in the upper 70s, record lows in the 50s – and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Of course, such abnormal conditions require a pendulum swing the other way, and today begins our typical triple-digit heat index temperatures. It sounds like this might be a good week to stay indoors and read….
I have not made much headway this week. I am attempting to tweak my schedule so that I don’t save reading for bedtime. That is not working for me; I read about two pages before my eyes begin to close.
However…. I am trying an experiment.
For those who follow my walking routine, you know I prefer a slower-paced longer walk to a brisk 5k each morning, especially on these hot, humid days. I typically walk for about an hour and while I enjoy listening to playlists, I find that I try to keep step with the beat rather than maintaining my own pace.
So in the spirit of productivity, efficiency, and fun… I have started listening to the Harry Potter books while walking … and I LOVE it! The storyline is easy for this visual learner to follow, the narrator’s voice is delightful, and I am learning the voice and rhythm of Middle Grade fiction, which helps in my own writing. A win-win-win, if you will.
So far I have listened to about eight chapters and even find myself looking forward to the morning walk so I can continue “reading” the book. For those who have tried to persuade me to listen to audiobooks in the past, I thank you for your patience … I can be a rather slow learner.
I have two deadlines this week. I know subconsciously my brain has been mulling and cultivating, plotting and scheming. And I know that when push comes to shove, I will put my butt in chair and write.
I anticipate two days of just “spitting words onto paper” … my typical pattern of writing a rough draft. And then the next two days tweaking. The job will get done. It won’t be perfect, but it’s not supposed to be.
Blogging: While I continue to maintain the blogging schedule, I find that listening to audiobooks on my walk requires more focused attention, which means fewer “epiphanies” to record. I am thinking of modifying the 10,000 steps schedule to just twice a week.
There is a part of me that likes the discipline of writing for the same blog each day. As Austin Kleon says, one post is not noteworthy, but 1,000 posts represents a life’s work. I like the idea of having 365 posts to review, to see how far I have come what all I have learned. But I fear that these posts are boring to others, and will eventually lead to burn for me. And I am all about developing routines that are sustainable over the long run.
We shall see…. In the meantime, here are my posts for the week:
- Travel Tuesday: where I continued Paris in July posts by showcasing le Musee de l’Orangerie
- Writing Wednesday: where I previewed my current work in progress to take to class this coming weekend.
- Photo Friday: where I reviewed the book, The French Dog, and showcased a few of my own Parisian puppy photos.
- 10,000 Steps: where I learned I could walk even while on vacation, I discuss the difference between athletics and exercise, I gave a 50 day update, I experiment with “reading” audiobooks, and I celebrate walking 500 miles so far.
Artist Date: For the second week in a row I took myself to the Country Club Plaza to complete the research for my travel writing piece. This time I went with camera in hand to try to capture some of the European elements of this Midwestern city.
I could not have asked for a better day: bright clear skies, temperatures in the lower 70s, and very little humidity – NOT typical weather for our fair city!
I spent a little over an hour walking up and down the streets, marveling at the beauty and culture I have failed to see until recently. I took nearly 200 pictures – which is a lot for me – and edited about 10% of those before posting to my flickr account.
I will use these edited photos as inspiration for writing the travel piece. My “show vs tell” needs a lot of work, and I am hoping that the visual piece will help me identify the sensory details.
I have a rather busy week … writing, reading, and attending class in Iowa City next weekend. I hope you find time to do what you love to do as well.
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