dream diary entries june 2020

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monday, june 15, 2020 8:59a – I don’t remember my dreams already except I feel like we were on a houseboat at some point. thursday, june 18, 2020 8:38am – Disc golf course on a horseback lesson barn land, Reid played with others while I got a tour of an adjoining property with space for just a couple horses + the owner killed his old grey poodle-ish looking dog in front of me! After having his two horses do tricks in their stalls like bow. Then, we couldn’t find Reid’s disc golf bag or my change of clothes in the rows where people store bags while playing, and we had to escape the bad people killing dogs, so I ran to my friend from 3rd grade’s house in the […]

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catch up on life so far in 2021

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september 8, 2021 // 8:11am good morning on this wild wild wednesday! I call it that because Reid left out of town yesterday, meaning I’m left to my own devices today, which means it gets very wild wild west-y ’round these here parts. well, I am in the process of locking down a blogging gig, getting to write about all the things I want to be writing about for my own personal development but for a really cool local store and group of women I’m really excited to start blogging some events with… but more on that coming later. basically, I was trying to say that somehow by procuring this official blog gig, my mindset has shifted and I now feel totally liberated to use my blog to document […]

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Margaret Atwood’s MasterClass on Creative Writing

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[I began writing this post in January 2020 as I was going through the MasterClass. Just put the finishing touches on it this morning and finally publishing it now!] Last year for Christmas, I received an annual pass to masterclass.com as a gift that runs out on January 29th (next week). Therefore, as my main writing career focus, since I started working from MillHouse last week, I’ve been completing Margaret Atwood’s (author of The Handmaid’s Tale) course on creative writing. Throughout 2019, I went through Judy Blume’s MasterClass on her writing process, Joyce Carol Oates’ on The Art of the Short Story in October as I prepped for NaNoWriMo, Neil Gaiman’s Art of Storytelling, and David Sedaris’ on Storytelling & Humor, and for each, I’ve saved the downloadable workbooks […]

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Danielle’s Magical Sheets of Ideas

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Ever open up your journal or notebook or iPhone memos, and feel like you’re looking at the scribblings of a madwoman? Anyone? No, just me? Well, for whoever is with me, I feel your pain. I’ve been jotting down random bits and pieces of possible story ideas in all kinds of different notebooks since 2016. And now that I’m getting serious about my writing, I’ve been feeling seriously overwhelmed. What if I’ve already come up with my bestselling novel idea, but it goes unwritten and unnoticed because it’s been lost and forgotten in one of my many haphazard journals? Therefore, I decided to come up with a system to get organized as an unorganized creative person. I’ve begun the long, laborious process of reading back through all my diaries […]

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To write, or not to write? January 30, 2020 // 5:25 pm

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Dear Diary,  I’m reading the heroin diaries by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and had the thought to try and write a diary entry in his style. Where it basically goes: first say why you’re picking up the notebook to write in that moment. Then what’s on your mind, your thoughts, feelings, and details about recent past events. Maybe some pondering of future plans.  Right now from the couch as Reid plays Rocket League before I decide to get up and start cooking dinner, I’m reading about how Tommy would go over to shoot heroin with Nikki but would never let himself do too much or be there for too long because it scared him.  I watched The Dirt last year and for some reason became obsessed with it. […]

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champion

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Sunday night, I began re-watching The Black Cauldron on Disney+. Within the first quarter-hour, Taryn talks about how he wants to be the greatest warrior Prydain has ever known. To become their champion, and then he’s assigned the task of keeping Henwen the seer pig safe. His purpose is clearly laid out before him. Then his actions the rest of the movie are defined by and stem from that calling. I guess I’ve had this mindset (possibly from Disney but also from reading books) that one day, a quest would be thrust upon me and I would know without a doubt that it was my purpose to overcome the challenge or defeat the villain or complete the adventure. Yesterday, I did the Yoga with Adriene practice for the day, […]

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Hello December, you last month of the decade you!

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Oh boy, November flew by. So fast, indeed, that I almost allowed myself to forget about failing at Nanowrimo… almost. But we’re moving forward into December! Alas, what with winterizing and moving out of the RV, moving into our new apartment, a trip to Austin, family in town for Thanksgiving, and my ever-persistent self-sabotage and lack of discipline, I did not win Nanowrimo this year. Not even close. A far cry from 50k with my 10,808 words, but hey, those are ten thousand words I wouldn’t have otherwise. And, I’ve finally decided on my first writing project, after changing up my plan and outline about 13 times over the course of the week and a half I was actually really trying for Nanowrimo — I’m committing to writing a […]

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