Monday, March 4, 2013
Mythic March Monday Makings
So we've reached the first Monday of Mythic March, and I thought perhaps Mondays, the first day of the week after we've hopefully had weekend time to work on projects, would be a good time to check up each week on how we're doing on our projects.
Okay, me first.
Yeah. So we're four days into the month already, and I have to confess to you guys, I'm just not feeling the author spirit. The grand reopening of the library where I work was yesterday, sneak preview day was Friday, and by the time both of those events were over, I was drained dryer and more tender than a used dishrag. The idea of starting a short story or novel just was put by the wayside every night, and I felt increasingly guilty for not being creative when I was the one who had led the battle charge toward the idea of Mythic March just a few days ago.
But beyond that, I was also feeling very emotional and mildly mopey, and couldn't quite put a finger on why.
Until late last night, I opened up a new app on my iPad for digital painting and doodled out the above image...my first digital painting I've ever attempted and in ways it rather shows....in about an hour.
I felt so much better afterward...not quite as guilty for not starting on my story, but beyond that I felt invigorated and renewed by the actual act of creation. I know not everyone feels this almost addictive need to engage in the act of creation in order to feel renewed and joyful, but I'm sure some of you out there at least can relate.
And then I realized...this is another reason why Mythic March is so important. Not only because those people out there who have never, or rarely, attempted an artistic endeavor need to see firsthand that their voices are important, but also so that those of us who might be, in some ways, intrinsically artistically minded people who who have lost our way can be reminded of just how we can benefit from the act of creation.
I saw this on a microcosmic scale when my mood plummeted after a few days of not creating, and then lifted significantly after just doing a simple doodle painting on my iPad. Imagine what an hour or less of creating could do for you!
So that's my less-than-aesthetically stellar update: what have you been up to? What are you creating? Please feel free to post links to your progress from Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or any other site you prefer. And I will be linking this blog post to a thread on Facebook as well.