When Wreck This Journal instructed me doodle on the front pages, I panicked. I am not much of a doodler, nor have I ever been. Drawing does not come easily to me and I am, by nature, a planner. Even though my experiences with Wreck This Journal have launched me into the glorious realm of whimsy and nonsense, doodling without a prompt of some kind really threw me for a loop. I had no idea what to do!
My journal sat open on the table for days without a doodle in sight. It wasn’t until I thought of the single doodle I once created in my school notebooks that I finally found my inspiration. The last time I made a “daisy chain” was probably my junior year in college, right before I found myself engulfed in the craziness that is student teaching. To my surprise, stringing daisies together is just like riding a bike as I could still do it without thinking twice.
Once I finished the daisy chain, the rest fell naturally into place. The “Warning” at the top of the page reminded me of the Red Alert siren in Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I colored it red and gave the order to raise shields. After all, the rest of the page needed protection from the explosion of yellow and dark pink. I added color around all the text and highlighted words and phrases that appealed to me. In addition, I doodled little pieces of writing in reaction to the text and my daisy chain.
At the very bottom, I wrote a phrase that continues to serve as my philosophical moment for this page: One day I’ll learn to live with crooked lines. That day has yet to arrive, but I’m learning.
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Update: I have to make a small adjustment to my post, January Status Report: 2012 Goals. For Goal #3, I noted I had written 3,654 words in my second novel, but after a very productive day of writing (on Jan 31st), the word count now stands at 4,412. Yay!