Tuesday, January 1, 2013

day #1: 8 a.m. moment & a rough plan for 2013

day #1 of the new year.
i open the window, 
and push the tiny button.. 


today: day #1 of the new year. 2013. still strange to write this.

today: sunrise at 8.16 and sunset at 16.37

today: day #7 of eating lighter & trying new food

today: day #1 of the mindful writing month, which i join in videos. that's how dawning happened

today: day #42 of revising my travel novel masala moments

today: day #1 of the global reading challenge

today: happy


a rough plan for 2013
more on the mindful moments & the masala revision and the reading, here in this rough plan for 2013 that i sketched on winter solstic - and ain't it nice that i wrote it all down already. good to revisit: solstice: mindful moments, revisits/revisions & world reads...

smile. maybe it would be more fitting to just copy the whole post into this place, right? seeing it's actually 2013 now..


solstice: mindful moments, revisits/revisions & world reads, or: a rough plan for 2013

today: winter solstice. this turning point in time: from here on, the days will grow longer again.

the sky isn't very festive here, though: there's a snow/rain front moving through. but yesterday brought a surprising and colorful sunrise, like a painting almost. i took several photos.

mindful moments
taking the sunrise picture made me think of January 2013, and the return of the mindful writing challenge that has the title: "Pay more attention and fall in love with the world", this task and inspiration to note the small, beautiful moments the everyday holds, and make/take time to note one of them each day. (here's more).

looking forward to it, and yesterday i revisited some of the moments from January 2011.... .

....which also brought the thought to put up some kind of frame in the shelf here, a place to display those daily moments. and beyond that daily moments, leads to another theme of these days:

revisiting & revising
over time, both with my own writing and with blueprintreview, so many different works - photos, texts, stories, blog entries, notes - have gathered. like this winter solstice note from last year, which is now re-posted in the blueprint lit blog: Solstice Reflections

in 2013, i want to spend more time with those works, revisit, and also: revise. the impulse for that came through my first travel novel, and the island stay. here's a blog note from November, and a photo:

Masala Moments 
my first travel novel, so far only available in print (more here). As i am reading more and more e-books myself, it now seems like a logical step to create an ebook version. And while at it, i might add a current introduction, i thought. And started to read into it - and then realized that it would be a good book to take along, to read and re-format and re-new. Still working on that. So good to be back to those pages, and it feels like right timing. I hope to have the revision complete by the end of the year. 

world reads
there are so places out there, and so many books. it's impossible to visit all, and to read all. but after joining a global reading challenge in 2012, and the places it took me to, the authors and stories i discovered with it, i am now already looking forward to continue the world reads - and to combine it with a focus on different aspects of the world: the current megacities of the world, the highest countries, the richest countries, the ones with most immigrants.. here's the challenge link: 7 Continents, 7 Billion People, 7 Books

so summing it up, here is my rough base plan for 2013:

- noticing the small moments
- revisiting and revising
- reading around the world
looking forward, and especially looking forward to the sharing and connecting, the collective January of noticing small moments, and the joined reading around the world, the exchange of experiences and impressions, of days and moments.

may 2013 bring joy and light~~

PS: and sharing - today i came across a page of shared sky views. i just added my solstice photo, here: sky watch.


Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to exploring your blog some more - just found my way here from the comment you made on my own book blog, and to seeing where you are going to go (in every sense!) in 2013.

Love your pictures, and reading your thoughts.

A very happy 2013 to you!

Dorothee said...

hi Barb! thanks for your lovely comment. i bookmarked your blog with its reviews in wordpress already. that's so good about blogs, this casual cross-connections and seeing where others (and oneself) are going to in time.

have a happy 2013!