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#ALCGC2017 October Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 October Check-In

It’s undeniably autumn! The year will be over soon. How are you doing on your creative goals?

I’ve made a few drawings this month, although I didn’t do one every other day as planned. I used photos as references for these (click on the smaller images to enlarge):

And I reinterpreted some of my favorite illustrators’ pictures:

And I entered a few  Zentangle challenges, posted herehere, and here.

I wrote four poems this month, and posted three of them, here, here, and here. (Yes, I know. I’m using the term poetry lightly. A couple of them are kind of prose poems.)

In October, I’m looking forward to participating in Inktober and OctPoWriMo. I know my limitations; I know I won’t make a drawing and write a poem every day. I’ll be happy if I do one or the other.

The last weekend of September I went on a writers’ retreat. (I’m coming home today!) I expect to start (in Scrivener) a project I journaled about twelve years ago.

I’m behind where I want to be on my blog. I have holes starting October 10 (though I have 90 posts scheduled between now and April 2). I keep telling myself the world won’t end just because I miss a day on ARHtistic License. I just like being dependable. I’ve posted daily for about two years.

I’m sending out queries to agents for my picture books. So far no nibbles. Sigh.

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I’ve signed up to be a contributor for A Writer’s PathSo far I’ve submitted one post. If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, I’ll let you know when it goes live.

On recorder, I’m continuing to practice the last 13 pages of the Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. I’m chicken to go on to book 2, because it looks really hard. I have another book that I used with my sixth graders when I was teaching that involved improvisation, but I can’t find the CD that goes with it. And so I’m procrastinating on moving forward.

On guitar, I’m up to page 59 in Essential Elements for Guitar. 

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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 November 1, 2017, to share your progress during October. 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.

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In the Meme Time: Action

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In the Meme Time: Action

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#ALCGC2017 September Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 September Check-In

How are you doing on your creative goals? Only four more months in 2017. It’s a good time to assess our progress.

In August, I completed two sketches and colored some pages in my coloring journal.

 

On the writing front, I wrote six poems. I tried a couple others, but they just didn’t gel. I shared two on ARHtistic License, Paradigm Shift and Horsey Limerick.

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I’m currently three weeks ahead on blog posts. My comfort level is four weeks ahead, so in one sense, I’m a week behind…

 

I finished rewriting a third picture book manuscript, Lottie Loses the Lottery, which I am preparing to send out to agents. No nibbles yet on the other two, Gabe’s Garage of Goodies and Mine!

I bought the Scrivener software, and I am currently transferring The Unicornologist into it while doing another rewrite. Pretty soon I want to start reworking my 2015 NaNoWriMo project, The Night Runner, and I want to be familiar with Scrivener’s features by then.

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I’ve run The God of Paradox through my critique group, and I’m getting ready to do a dry run with my bible study group starting in October.

I’ve been struggling with fatigue this month, so there were lots of days that I didn’t practice my instruments. I’m doing better lately, though. I’m still practicing the duets in the back of the Sweet Pipes Recorder Book 1 for the special secret project I’ve mentioned before. And I’m up to page 55 in Essential Elements for Guitar.

I performed in a choral concert on August 19. I’m planning to write a blog post about it soon.

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 October 1, 2017, to share your progress during September. 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.

#ALCGC2017 August Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 August 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.

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

I didn’t write any poetry during July, but I did make a little watercolor every day for two challenges I’m participating in, Index-Card-a-Day and World Watercolor Month. Here are some of my favorite cards from July (and last week’s cards are in a separate post).

I’ve submitted a second picture book manuscript to agents. No nibbles yet. Sigh. 

I’m still getting feedback about The Unicornologist from my trusted beta-readers, and it’s clear from their responses it still needs some work. Sigh.

frustrated-writer-2Since I’ve been spending so much time rewriting lately, I wanted to write a blog post on how to rewrite, revise, and edit your novel. It’s turning into a series. Look for it this month on ARHtistic License. I’m only about two weeks ahead on my blog posts, half my comfort level.

I’m making progress on guitar. My fingers are beginning to form chords on their own with less effort from my feeble brain. I’m up to page 52 in Essential Elements for Guitar. I’m also coming along on recorder. I’m working hard on the last pages of Sweet Pipes Recorder Book 1. I still have a project in mind for the duets at the end of the book.

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Photo by David Beale.

And I’m singing in a chorus! It’s just a short-term thing. It’s actually a series of master classes for choral conducting students, but there will be a concert. I feel like I’ve been transported back to college days. Rehearsals started last week, and I’m stoked. I haven’t been in a chorus or choir for about twenty years.

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 September 1, 2017 to share your progress during August.

#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.