It’s hard to believe March has come and gone. It was an unusual March this year: unseasonably warm and with no March Break for the kids, as it has been moved to April.
I completed most of my resolutions this month.
-Read 24 books for the Mount TBR 2021 challenge.
I read one book from my TBR list, and it was an amazing one called “Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process”. Click here to read more about it.
If you want a sample of what the essays are like, click here.
-Read 12 nature related books to enhance my horticultural therapy study.
I got part way through my book club book. It’s a huge collection of stories, which I am taking my time with.
-Read 12 books that are either memoir, poetry, or soul books.
I read two memoirs:
“Girl in the Dark” by Anna Lyndsey
What would you do if you developed an insensitivity to all forms of light and had to spend all your time in a blacked-out room? Well, that’s what happened to Lyndsey, and you can read all about the highs and lows and the light and the dark in this fascinating memoir.
Many doctors were puzzled by Lyndsey’s condition, and the memoir has garnered some controversy. You can read about these issues in this article.
I had wondered what happened to Lyndsey in recent years, as the memoir doesn’t end on a positive note with her cure. Fast forward to 2020, and Lyndsey finally got her diagnosis, which is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. It’s a condition she’ll always have to live with, but at least she knows more about how to manage it.
One of my favourite parts of the book is when she finally is able to go outside after a long period of time inside and experience rain again:
“From the crown of my hat to the toes of my boots, an indescribable thrill runs through me. I stand poised at the edge of the lawn, and my starved senses open to this delicious, half-forgotten joy…It is as though I am being kissed by the world, welcomed back to life.”
“Two Trees Make a Forest” by Jessica J. Lee
This 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction award winner and contender for Canada Reads 2021 (which did not win) is not your typical memoir, as it encompasses history, travel, and nature. This short video and this one will give you a taste, hopefully whetting your appetite to read the book.
-Work on my writing 15 minutes a day.
A lot of my writing has been horticultural therapy related, but I also worked on my story that I wish to hand into the CANSCAIP competition as well as critiquing two stories per week.
Read this excellent story from one of my critique partners, which I got to see evolve.
-Read 3 creative nonfiction essays a week.
I didn’t quite read three per week, falling short just a couple, mainly because my assignment for my horticultural therapy course was far more extensive than I thought it would be. Here are my favourites:
“What the Hip gave me, eventually, was a key to understanding not just a culture but a people. The band’s songs reflected the hopes and aspirations of city dwellers as well as small towners, recognising a commonality in this shared experience that I began to appreciate as an outsider. The people wearing “In Gord we Trust” T-shirts weren’t just fans; they were identifying themselves as members of a club that had used this music as a soundtrack to their lives.”
“Exit Wounds” by Sue Cann
A braided essay weaving together childhood and adult experiences.
-Read 5 picture books per month
Done. Here are my favourites:
“Terry Fox and me” by Mary Beth Leatherdale; illustrated by Milan Pavlović
Told from the perspective of Terry Fox’s best friend, the story is pre Marathon of Hope.
“Dorothea’s Eyes” by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Gérard DuBois
A picture book biography about photographer Dorothea Lange
“A Last Goodbye” by Elin Kelsey; illustrations by Soyeon Kim
A touching picture book about how animals express grief and take care of each other in the end stages of life
“Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids” by Elizabeth Haidle
This graphic biography about such writers as Maya Angelou, Gene Luen Yang, and Madeleine L’Engle is good for both kids and adults.
“Crows: Genius Birds” by Kyla Vanderklugt
I’ll never look at crows the same way again.
-Submit one story to a contest per season.
I submitted two:
Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse (TNQ)
This was my first time submitting a poem to a contest.
Rate Your Story Spring Writing Contest: Cooking Up Culture
-Attend one writing webinar per month.
I attended two writing webinars:
An Evening with Diana Beresford-Kroeger (IRL)
Interview with Tui Sutherland
-Work on one lesson of a writing course per month.
I did a few ModPo lessons from Coursera.
-Attend a writing group session per week.
I attended at least one per week, usually two.
-Blog at least twice a month.
I still continue to read 2 pages of my German book a day, and I am getting close to being done!
I wrote two from the two memoirs I read, but I have yet to be brave enough to tweet them.
New self created challenge:
30 days of awe
Write down something awe inspiring or beautiful for 30 days.
I have loved doing this.
How was your March?
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