ALCGC2017: April Check-in

ALCGC2017: April Check-in

“The ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017” is quite a mouthful. I’ve created a shorthand nickname for it: ALCGC2017. Let’s use the Twitter hashtag #ALCGC2017 to tweet about our goals.

Another month down. How are you doing on your creative goals?

I’ve been doing pretty good with my Bible reading. I only missed a couple of days.

I’m doing less well with my poetry and my visual art. I only wrote two poems in March, made one sketch, and colored a page in my journal.


I also haven’t spent 15 minutes a day decluttering my office. Sigh.

I know I’m spending too much time on social media. I promote my blog posts, read other bloggers’ posts, and share great content on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Add checking email, and it eats up two hours of my writing time. I keep saying I’m going to limit it to one hour, but I don’t. My other creative expressions lose out. So does my organizing.

I’m finding it hard to stay ahead on blogging, only devoting three days a week to it. I may have to take a day away from my other projects to get back on track.

7. The Unicorn in CaptivityI’m making good progress on reworking short pieces from decades ago and sending them out. I’ve entered some writing contests (haven’t won any yet), and I’m submitting a picture book to agents and an article to some magazines.

I’m still rewriting The Unicornologist, and it’s far from done, but it’s getting so good and the end is in sight. I’m excited about the progress. The God of Paradox is coming along, too.

Except for evenings when I’m exhausted (I thought I was over that when I “retired” from teaching), dancing, or at Bible study, I’ve been practicing piano an hour a night, and either guitar or recorder up to an hour. I’m up to page 35 in Essential Elements for Guitar. The fingertips on my left hand are numb; they still feel like the guitar strings are cutting them, but the calluses are getting thicker. Does it ever get better? I’m in Unit 11 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. I think my tone is improving. I’m having a problem with intonation on the recorder. Sometimes the high C, D, and E are flat compared to the low ones.

And last Saturday my friend Barbara and I went to the Phoenix Symphony. We heard Buxtehude’s Chaconne in e minor (orchestrated by Carlos Chavez); Arvo Part’s In principio, and Mozart’s Requiem. We’re so blessed to live so near to a world-class orchestra. I’ve never attended one of their concerts where they did not earn their standing ovation. Conductors, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists–all were awe-inspiring. That counts as my “artist date.” We both left feeling fueled for inspiration.


Now it’s your turn. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtisticLicense readers) can encourage you. Don’t be shy! If you’re keeping accountable on your blog, paste a link into the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, just tell us your successes and your challenges this past month. ARHtistic License was created to help the creative community keep refining their skills. Check in on May 1, 2017 to share your progress during April.

5 responses »

  1. I didn’t actually write my goals down this year, but I finished and submitted my 3rd book in my tween series. Now I’m almost done with a rewrite my editor asked for on book 2. I hope to turn it in by the end of next week. We’ll see. Then it’s on to rewriting book 3. My blogging has all but gone to the wayside during this process. I did get one post published last week, but it was the first in a few weeks. Sigh. I’m looking forward to getting back to it on a more regular basis.

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    • You’re in rewrite season! Soon there will be time for blogging again. But I think your heart is in your big projects.


  2. You inspire me with all your creative endeavors! If all of us would take the time to do even a few of the things you do each day, we would be more healthy and happy! I always enjoy attending concerts with you! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  3. You do inspire me, Andrea! I don’t know how you get it all done. I m pathetically behind in so many things. My 40+ job is sucking the life out of my writing. Hopefully, it will cut back some time to just 40 hrs a week. 🙂

    Write on–fellow writing warrior! 🙂

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    • I have extra hours that you don’t. I’m retired. When I was teaching, the only things I wrote were lesson plans. My creative outlet was designing the school yearbook with the help of a dozen fifth and sixth graders.
      You rock with the limits you have, Teresa. You’ve created an impressive body of work.


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