jux·ta·po·si·tion [juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn]

1.an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.
2.the state of being close together or side by side.

I am in the graceful state of juxtaposition. I am totally happy, excited, inspired and optimistic about life and writing and my place in both. Alternatively, I am 100% relating to the idea of “Stop the world, I want to get off!” I really, truly, madly, deeply want to take a break and lay in the overgrown green grass of spring and watch the clouds go by…for about a week.

Honestly, I think that would make a world of difference.

But we all know that ain’t gonna happen! Besides, if it was possible I am assuming I would not be alone on that pretty green overgrown rug o’ spring. How many of you would be there with me? Right? Can I get an “Amen!”?

Alright, Dear Reader, let’s move on from Jessica in Dreamland and on to Reality with a capital “R”. Time for the overdue Week 9 check in.

Week 9, if you recall, was all about “Recovering a Sense of Compassion“. The idea was to uncover our internal blocks to creativity, address our past shames and failures as artists and move forward. We were to talk about what makes us afraid – of creating, of success, of failure.

My answer was to create a plan. Hah! How typical of me. Really, I don’t have time to hash out all that I have done wrong in the past. I have started and never finished so many projects – too many to list. So let’s just move forward, shall we?

I think we can all agree I have a little writer idol worship going on. I think most writers are better than me – more dedicated, more talented, more able, more driven, more focused.

Blah blah blah.

On the other hand, I am feeling pretty excited about working on my project once I am done with the next two weeks of TAW. I am happy with the poems I workshopped at Amber’s and the feedback I got. I am looking foreward to workshopping two more this week. I have definately developed a writing habit. One that I feel badly about breaking – that is good. I may not write every day of the week, but I get 5 religiously and usually 6. I have set some realistic creative goals and am making plans to keep myself accountable and on task over the coming months.

I have slacked on the Artist’s Date. Maybe I’ll take myself out for a leisurely roll in the grass…

Write on,

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