Scribbling My Heart Out

Sparkles for the last two days are in today’s post because yesterday was a short meditation session, and at first I didn’t think it would fill a post.  Today I have scribbles to show off, which I’ve cropped and included throughout the post.  You can click on each and enlarge them.

First I’ll share a little something about yesterday’s sparkly meditation session.  I meditate often, so it was a familiar exercise, relaxing and refreshing.  In fact, it was a similar feeling to how I end meditation sessions by filling myself with golden creative energy for inspiration during my day of writing and editing.

When I was done I sat beside our new foster beagle, Mabel, who joined us Thursday.  She was a severely neglected girl, pregnant when she was found.  Unfortunately, all her puppies died.  She also had heart worms and the skin around her nipples is irritated and dry to the point she’s scratched herself raw.  The poor thing.  So I had another sparkly meditation session, and visualized healing sparkles around Mabel while I rubbed her back.  She laid peacefully for nearly a half an hour, and the session was healing for us both.

For today’s sparkle, I got carried away and spent more than five minutes scribbling.  The assignment was to scribble to music.  It was so much fun that after the first song I did another drawing and then another, until I had five scribbles. 

I’ve scribbled as a creative activity a few times in the past, but never to music. This way was a lot more fun and just a better experience. Oh yeah, the music I chose, Christmas themed by Harry Connick Jr. It just happened to be the first thing I found on iTunes. I chose to scribble with colored pencil first and them moved to markers. I mixed it up pretty good, scribbling with one or more pencils, used one or both hands, the whole while moving to the music. I really enjoyed creating this last one that reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Last but not least, I won a prize yesterday. Not sure the details yet. Will let you know in tomorrow’s post.

Back on EdMo

After 4 days off of doing about nothing this week, I’ve been back editing the last few days.  Am up to 19 hours, a few hours further than the challenge suggestion of 16.5. 

What did I do during my 4 days off, in between naps?  Comedy therapy via Trailer Park Boys. I’m a little embarrassed to say I’ve sat through a little over 3 seasons since last Friday. But, hey, laughter is the best medicine, right.

No surprise, Trailer Park Boys showed up as a recommended watch on Netflix streaming, and I’d already enjoyed a few episodes on cable. So last Friday evening, when I found myself too tired and drained to do anything, I pulled up the first couple seasons and watched and laughed and watched and laughed. During this bout of anemia I could have literally laughed myself into the grave. Okay, that’s not so funny.

Other thing I’ve been doing is some creative writing exercises in Write from the Heart: Inspiration & Exercises for Women Who Want to Write. These exercises have taken the place of my regular daily new writing, but what’s surprised me is that some of the stuff I’m writing could actually make some great short stories.

Off topic, found this bit from the book inspiring.

What matters is your ability to open up to the breathtaking and spectacular adventure that happens to be your life. Your job is to experience it, see it, feel it, live it, and write it down.

– in Write from the Heart by Leslea Newman,

Back to NaNoEdMo, I’ve not reached the point where editing flows easier, but does it ever, I wonder, like new writing does? Instead, I’m afraid I’m headed into the “I hate this story. Will this ever end.” doldrums. Will make the next 20 days a bit painful if it does.

How Do You Spend Time Relaxing?

Relax? Who has time to relax? Who needs to relax? Me, that’s who.

Today I’m blogging all for myself as a reminded to relax. Like exercise and diet, it’s something I seem to fall off the wagon about doing every now and then. So I already know what I should be doing. Here are five on my list:

YOGA: I plan to do an hour of yoga after I finish this post. I woke up in pain this morning, and that’s my #1 indication I need to relax a bit. Yoga is amazing for releasing the tension from the muscles.

MASSAGE: The yoga reminded me of another amazing release for tension, massage therapy. Hot stone therapy. Sea salt scrub. AHHHHHH!!! I just realized I haven’t gotten a massage in over a year. I’m adding make an appointment to get felt up to my to do list. 😉

BEAGLE TIME: I walk the boys daily, and between the three of us we get over twenty miles a week. And we don’t even have to travel far to do it. Highlands Ranch did some amazing planning on trails, so we’re really close to paths that get us into the park and chasing rabbits. I could sit and pet the dogs for hours too. Nothing better for the soul than cuddling up with our pack.

MEDITATION: This is one I need regularly but is the first to get put aside. When I meditate I clean my Chakras and my 5th and 6th are all backed up and nothing new is coming through the 7th. I can physically feel it from my chest up. This always happens when I haven’t been writing enough. No room for anything new from the “Great and Powerful Universe.”

COMEDY: Laughing really is the best medicine. When my illnesses got out of control, I forced myself to sit and watch comedy on television for hours. It did wonders for my health. I think this is why dark comedy started to show up in my writing.

What do you do to relax? I need to add to my list.

Weekly Whine: Illness #6 of 2010

All I have to whine about this week is being sick. AGAIN! I’m finally feeling better after days of nausea and headaches.

Charlie the beagle is pretty upset because it’s Thursday and he hasn’t had a walk since Sunday. So he gets to whine today. He’s sitting on a chair right now, pouting. We usually go out for our walk between 8:00 A.M and 9:00 A.M., and he’s getting antsy, following me around the house. But I don’t think we’re going to make it out again today because the sky looks like it will drop snow or rain at any minute. Sorry Charlie. Extra treats for you today.

I have a huge list of stuff I haven’t finished this week, so I’m off. Enjoy the rest of the week, all.

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