I have done it! I have completed my 2020 Bookish Resolutions!
This has been such a great experience, and I am going to do it again. My 2020 word is “focus”, and this challenge is one of the ways that has helped me to focus.
I am going to do the challenge again (even if it isn’t hosted at the same blog), but I am going to change what I’ll do every week based on what I hope to accomplish in 2021. This year, as well, I am using the templates to design your own challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy.
-I read a couple of memoirs:
“The Lark and the Loon” by Rhiannon Gelston
Not strictly a memoir and definitely genre pushing. Read my review here.
“off script: Living Out Loud” by Marci Ien
I have long admired Marci Ien, and I loved this book about the highs and lows of her personal and professional life. The structure—a bunch of short stories—is one that I aspire to for my memoir.
Ien is now an MP, and I hope that she’ll write about that experience too.
“Fuelled by, I have to confess, a simmering resentment, I began posing the question myself in interviews—not to women but to men. After listing all their accomplishments, I’d say something like, ‘I notice you have four kids. How do you do all that and balance time with your family?’
I’d often be met with long pauses. With, say, ‘I’ve never been asked that before.’ And, sometimes, answers that were quite thoughtful. There are men out there who want to make sure they spend time with their families and are trying to do better on that front. But even these men were slightly taken aback. It wasn’t a question they were used to being asked.”
Watch this interview for more about the book.
-I wrote at least 250 words 5 days a week.
-I limited my social media time: 15 minutes maximum for Facebook and 15 minutes maximum for Twitter.
-I read 5 creative nonfiction essays per week. Here are my favourites:
“The Birthday Party” by Randi Evans
One of my talented classmates writes about arranging her 70th birthday party in Spain.
“I need more people with ADHD in my life” by Brittany Penner
“I saw clearly the ways in which they lift my spirit and lighten my heart. They often recover from intense situations quicker than I can even process them. They constantly teach me the necessary art of adaptation to life’s various surprises. They remind me to loosen my grip on certain aspects of life because when those things are gone, acceptance is always less painful. There is always a tomorrow in their world. And if there’s no tomorrow, there’s still today and we might as well enjoy it.”
“My Publishing Journey” by Phyllis L Humby
How Humby got not one but two books published.
“The following Christmas, my parents bought a miniature tree that came up to my waist. I was so proud of it and decorated that thing like there was no tomorrow. That year, the best gift my parents gave me was keeping my light on: They knew that fostering my spirit was more important than any cultural distress they may have felt. I was not asking to be Christian, I was simply asking to be a part of the holiday spirit.”
“A first hand account from an Alberta ICU during Christmas” by Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury
“I know Christmas and the holidays for all Canadians is going to be hard this year.
It’s especially sad in our unit.
Most Canadians know that while this year will be lonely, they will see their loved ones in person again and life will eventually return to normal.
That’s not the case for our COVID-19 patients and their loved ones.
For some in our unit, this will be their last Christmas together. I try to remember that as I power through one of the most difficult working weeks of my life.”
“One card, 50 years of greetings: the ultimate green Christmas tradition” by Lorna Krahulec Blake
I love the idea of sending a card back and forth for 50 years!
I had to share three poems by one of my classmates. They brought me to tears when he read them in class.
-I read 5 picture books per week. These are my favourites:
“The Library Bus” by Bahram Rahman; illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Set in Afghanistan. Pari becomes Mommy’s library helper on the library bus.
“A World of Mindfulness” by the Editors and Illustrators of Pajama Press
One of the better books about mindfulness.
“A Quiet Girl” by Peter Carnavas
Mary is a quiet girl, which allows her to hear things that nobody else hears.
“From Tree to Sea” by Shelley Moore Thomas; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
What various elements of nature can show you about yourself. I like what the moon can show you the best: “…even when I change I am still me”.
“Violet Shrink” by Christine Baldacchino
In this book about anxiety acceptance, Violet doesn’t like going to parties, but her father keeps taking her to them, until they work out a compromise.
“Swift Fox All Along” by Rebecca Thomas; illustrated by Maya McKibbin
Based on the author’s story. Swift Fox starts to learn about her indigenous (Mi’kmaq) heritage.
“Pretty Tricky: the Sneaky Ways Plants Survive” by Etta Kaner; illustrated by Ashley Barron
Quick change artists, exploding flowers, and seeds in disguise? What’s not to love about these plants that are masters of deception?
“The Vegetable Museum” by Michelle Mulder
For ages 9-12, this story revolves around an heirloom vegetable garden while tackling several issues of loss.
-I attended several writer’s events:
Interview with Vicky Metcalf award winner Marianne Dubuc (Writer’s Trust of Canada)
Interview with Matt Cohen award winner Dennis Lee (Writer’s Trust of Canada)
To access both of these interviews, click here.
Interview with Rupi Kaur (q)
To access this interview click here.
–I spent at least one hour a week working on one of my many guided journals.
-I blogged one time a week.
-I wrote about 10 objects for my “Cabinet of Curiosities” object diary.
Bad news though. I lost my object diary when my computer died. Let’s hope that it is retrievable.
-Here is one of my weekly treasures:
Wishing everyone a better 2021.
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