Future’s Threshold

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher C...

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For many the season of warm weather has already driven temperatures into the high 90’s and above. Hence the reason we live as far north of the Mason-Dixon Line as we can. Today we might get into the mid-60’s with rain.

You won’t hear us complain too much. The moisture is something we need to keep fire threat down in our forests. Cooler temps ensure that we don’t have adverse effects from being outside and enjoying the day, as well.

The first of the season’s holidays has passed with celebrations, speeches, memorials, parades, and picnics. Soon June will open its doors to summer’s activities and school recess. What will your future hold this summer?

Thinking on this question this morning, I could see many changes for myself and how I move through my life. Sister comes out of the chute, anxious and excited as she begins summer session next week to get a leap into her new curriculum.

A new book is making its way to me. I ordered “The New Drawing from the Right Side of Your Brain” a few days ago. Many years ago I read the original edition of this marvelous book. After discovering a new version was out, I decided to slide the cost onto my educational spreadsheet and order it.

The one thing I learned from the original was that the technique taught by Betty Edwards could be used for any type of creative project or thinking. Yes, it does teach how to perceive an object in a way that allows the viewer to recreate it on paper, in oils/pastels/acrylics, etc. At the same time that perception bleeds over into other aspects of the physical world. Perception of time can shift as well or how one sees other people. Writers can learn a whole new spectrum of creativity.

When taken in conjunction with The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a whole new view of the world is available. I intend to discover as much of that new world view as possible. The old one is getting a bit tired and frayed.

New seasons introduce new beginnings, and discovery of those beginnings is part of the drive into the months ahead. In preparation for discovery, here’s my list of impending activities.

  • Continuing education in the writing craft
  • Visits from three friends from around the country
  • A terrific new project in collaboration with a fellow writer
  • Locking in our cookbook “Get REAL in the Kitchen”
  • Taking at least two weekend trips
  • Getting “The Moon Sees All” to agent/publisher
  • Finishing the final draft of “Failures to Blessings: Finding the Silver Lining”
  • Finishing “Forest Primeval,” a book of poetry
  • Writing one book for middle grade children
  • Reading at least two books per month: my volume is down right now

And how are you spending this future season? Let us in on your plans for your “lazy” summer calendar. First one to September gets to share personal plans for autumn first.

A bientot, my friends,


  1. Veronica Roth
    May 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The artist’s journal is such a great resource; I’ve been reworking my way thru it for several years. I tend to pick the book up in spurts, but I still write my morning pages. The best thing repeated throughout this book is advice on how a creative life can be steady, even tranquil. That we, that I, can work with an even pace and escape the roller coaster of high and low times of creative output. I like that. In a month I’m off to England to live there for a few months. To be home at West Cottage and to write my morning pages and to work steady.

    • claudsy
      May 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I’ve gone through most of The Artist’s Way, but not all of it yet. Too many obligations got in the way. Looking forward to doing both again.

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Veronica. Hope your sojourn is a marvelous one. Please keep us posted as to your doings.

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