Bedside table clutter
Black marker on bond paper
6 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
A few years back, well probably a decade agoI read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I was
already a journal writer, but not a regular daily
writer. Nobody can sell you on the power of
the journal like Julia Cameron who proscribed
it like medicine, unless it's Natalie Goldberg.
And Natalie and her book Wild Mind was my
original justification for journal writing --
a superb book.
I am fairly devoted to writing the required
three pages -- which is supposed to be the magic
number for creativity. But sometimes now I
confess I write my blog in lieu of the hand written
journal. But it's not really the same. I wouldn't
bother you with some of the trivia or personal
details in my journal.
My point tonight? I picked up the latest Julia
Cameron book on creativity, The Creative Life,
and I'm looking forward to reading it and my novel,
so I'll let you know what I think. Not too surprisingly
I have quite a few journals, and occasionally dip into
them to read about a time in the past, and remember
what I was thinking and doing.
Today I've been reading about a trip to Europe I
took with Steven in 2006. So much has changed
since then in my artistic and thinking life.
It was lovely to go back and see through my description
what we were saying and feeling as we traveled
from England, to Germany to Sweden, then home.
Steven kept wanting to hear more, and then we'd get
lost in talking about that wonderfully romantic trip
in one of the hottest Junes Europe has ever known.
Have a starting-to-write-in-a-journal day.