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In the Meme Time: Plan Now

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It’s time to set some goals. Want us to keep you accountable? Feel free to share your 2019 goals in the comments below.

#ALCGC2017 July Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 July Check-In

I created the hashtag #ALCGC2017 for ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017. Feel free to use it to tweet about your goals and your progress.Oil_painting_palette wikipedia

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

My routine tweak of reading Scripture while I eat breakfast is working out well for me. I’m also trying a new hack during my writing time of setting a timer for 45 minutes for working on projects, and then 15 minutes to look at social media. It’s important to update social media, but I can’t let it dominate my work time, or I never get around to my writing.

I still haven’t organized my study. I cleared off my desk a bit, but it’s cluttered again.

I haven’t written any poetry during June, but I only missed a few days of the Index-Card-a-Day art challenge I’m participating in.

I’m about twenty-eight days ahead on my blog posts; I want to be at least thirty-one days ahead.

I thought I was finished writing The Unicornologist, but I’ve sent it out to my beta readers, and the feedback I’m getting is directing me to another rewrite. <sigh> I was hoping it was ready to send out.7. The Unicorn in Captivity

My practicing guitar, piano, and recorder has been less consistent than I’d like. My evenings are reserved for practicing, but lately I’ve been so exhausted that I fall asleep watching a half-hour of television with Greg (he insists I spend at least that much time with him every day). I used to doze off in the evenings when I was still teaching. I don’t know why it’s happening during retirement. I certainly don’t have the same level of physical and emotional stress. Anyhow, I’ve made it to page 51 in Essential Elements for Guitar, and I’m up to the next-to-last page in Sweet Pipes Recorder Book I.

Enough of my whining. Now it’s your turn. How are you doing with your goals? 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. And remember to check in on August 1, 2017 to share your progress during July.

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#ALCGC2017 June Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 June Check-In

“The ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017” is quite a mouthful. I’ve created a shorthand nickname for it. 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 made a slight change in my daily structure. I used to do my scripture reading (I read a chapter a day and journal my insights–currently reading 1 Kings) when I sat down after lunch to write. If my writing time got delayed because life intervened, I was tempted to skip my Bible time–and often did. So I decided I would move my devotions up to breakfast time. Reading scripture early in the morning can set the tone for the whole day–and I want to be aligned with God’s purpose for me. For years I’ve been doing the sudoku puzzle in the newspaper every morning while I eat breakfast. But you know what–I can do it while I eat lunch! Problem solved. Since I started my new regimen, I haven’t missed my Bible time once.

I still have stacks of boxes in my study, but a couple of weeks ago we had new windows installed throughout the house, and I had to clear space for the workmen. So I consolidated some boxes and restacked them neatly, reducing their footprint. The room looks more organized, even though it’s just an illusion.

I am twenty-four days ahead on my blog, though my goal is to be a month ahead. I’m getting closer.

I haven’t written any poetry this month, but I’ve tried to, when I’ve found myself waiting and not wanting to waste the time.

The only art I’ve made is one more page in my coloring journal, but that will change shortly. During June and July I’ll be participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month. Last year I posted my creations every day; this year my Tuesday posts will be a compilation of the previous days’ cards. I’ve bought some watercolor postcards, and I have a new technique I’m planning to try, so be sure to stop by ARHtistic License every Tuesday for the next couple of months.

I’ve finished rewriting another old story that I hope will become a picture book. I will be submitting it to agents in June.

I’m close to finishing what I think is my final run-through of The Unicornologist. I hope to send it on agent rounds in June.

I’m up to page 47 in Essential Elements for Guitar and the ensembles in the back of The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book 1. I purchased The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book 2. I think I’m farther along on recorder than I’ve ever been. 🙂

I’m continuing to practice piano, but my arthritic hands are preventing me from progressing. Three fingertips on my left hand are numb from playing guitar (Guitarists, is that supposed to happen?), and my fingers lock up sometimes, refusing to bend after I’ve stretched them to play very full chords. I can’t play as fast as I’d like.

Now it’s your turn. ARHtistic License was created to help encourage the creative community. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtistic License 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. Check in on July 1, 2017 to share your progress during June.

#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

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

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

I missed a few days of Scripture reading. I’m back on track now.

I haven’t gotten a handle on the clutter in my study. ARG!Palette bing free commercial

I’ve written no poetry in National Poetry Month.

I’ve done no artwork.

I’ve focused on getting a month ahead on my blog. I’m close.

I finished my rewrite of The God of Paradox into a Bible study, just working on it on Saturdays since the first of the year. I’m planning to test-drive it with my Bible study group, when we finish our current book (Hebrews).

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I’ve made good progress on rewriting The Unicornologist this past month.

And I received two paychecks for articles this month—my first writing paydays in seventeen years. “How to Hold a Writers Retreat” is in the May-June 2017 issue of Christian Communicator. (I forgot about that one—submitted it eighteen months ago.) And Primary Treasures bought my article, “Putting on Full Armor” for a future issue. (I originally wrote it twenty years ago. I’ve been spending my Sunday writing time rewriting and submitting manuscripts in my file cabinet from back in my freelancing days.)

guitarI’m up to page 42 in Essential Elements for Guitar and Unit 12 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. Making slow but steady progress on guitar, recorder, and piano.

So, I’ve had some successes and some failures this month—par for a creative’s life.

If your progress this year has been mixed, it’s okay to reevaluate your goals and adjust them. I set ambitious objectives this year, and I’m not doing as much as I think I’m capable of, but I am working my little buttinsky off.

Now it’s your turn. ARHtistic License was created to help foster growth among the creative community. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtistic License 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. Check in on June 1, 2017 to share your progress during May.

ALCGC2017: April Check-in

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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.

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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.

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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.

ALCGC2017: March Check-in

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ALCGC2017: March 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?bible-open-to-psalms

I missed about three days of reading my Bible. I will try harder, because that twenty minutes really helps me focus on what’s important.

I’ve been horrible about spending 15 minutes a day on decluttering my study. Honest to goodness, stuff just keeps multiplying in here.

I can only find three poems for February. I can’t remember if that’s all I wrote, or if I put them in a different file. I’ll post what I’ve got on March 11, 2017.

I spent my art time the first half of the month zentangling hearts. The remainder of the month I devoted to making one pencil sketch, and coloring in my journal.

I’m behind where I want to be with my blogging. I’d prefer to be about a month ahead, but I still have about nine dates in March without posts. It’s hard to write 7+ articles in three days. I’m trying to keep focused.

But I am making progress with my other writing projects. writing

I rewrote two pieces in my file cabinet. I submitted one to a children’s magazine, and I’m researching agents who represent picture books to send the other one to.

I’m gearing up to doing a final editing pass on The Unicornologist, and then I’ll send it out to my beta readers for their feedback.

I’ve completed a few segments of The God of Paradox.

It’s funny. Whatever I’m working on becomes my favorite project. It’s challenging to have so many things to juggle. At the end of each session, I wish I could return to the same thing the next day.

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The practicing is going well. I’ve missed a few days because of exhaustion or competing priorities. My guitar sessions have lengthened to 45 minutes, just because it’s hard to practice everything I should and actually start new material if I only give it half an hour. I’m up to page 28 in Essential Elements for Guitar. My fingers are still sore, though, even though I can see the calluses building.

Recorder has creeped up to 35 minutes, but it’s easier for me than guitar. Now I’d say I play as well as my former sixth grade students. I’m not quite back to my former level yet, but I’m improving. I’m starting Unit 9 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book.

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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. 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 April 1, 2017 to share your progress during March.

The ARHtistic License Creative Goal Challenge Third Quarter Update

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The ARHtistic License Creative Goal Challenge Third Quarter Update

Do you set goals for your artistic endeavors? I listed my 2016 goals on January 1 and I’d revised them quite a bit by July 1.

In the last three months I’ve concentrated on Goals #1 and #3.

7. The Unicorn in CaptivityI’ve been working diligently on my revision of The Unicornologist. I really want to be able to start submitting it before the end of the year.

As far as visual art is concerned, in June and July  I participated in the Index Card a Day challenge. I made a little artwork on an index card 55 out of 61 days. I overlapped with World Watercolor Month in July and painted all my index cards that month.

I am seriously reconsidering goal #5–to “win” NaNoWriMo this November. I already have two big projects besides The Unicornologist to finish. Maybe this is not the best time to be starting a new one. It might be a better use of my time to just focus on The Unicornologist. If I were going to participate in NaNoWriMo, I would need to be in the midst of preparation by now. So I think I’m going to let that one go.

Which leaves only eleven other goals to work on before the end of the year.

How about you? How are you doing on your goals? Do you have your progress posted on your blog? Feel free to leave a link in the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, just give us an update.

And let’s meet again on December 31, 2016, to assess our progress and January 1, 2017, to set our goals for 2017!