This is the first blog post for Jamie‘s The Next Chapter: Wreck This Journal book blogging experience. I have been really looking forward to letting out my destructive tendencies! My Mom and I have been sitting out on my deck a lot and I did some of the exercises with pen but this morning I brought out my markers:
So I could do this! Then I wanted to do something even more destructive so I did this:
Up on my deck, I let the journal drop!
That’s actually an action shot, LOL. Not super great photography but it was cool to try and take a picture as my journal fell.
And it landed in the morning dew in our too-tall grass. I know this sort of thing may seem crazy to do to a book. As a woman with a Creative Writing and English Degree who spent many years working in many bookstores, this should feel totally wrong. And it doesn’t! In fact I can’t wait to attack the book even more. We are too conditioned to live safely, treat everything gently. Oh the joy of allowing ourselves to do something “bad” which it really isn’t. It’s just a book. This book has given us permission to attack it. It is not alive. It does not hurt. It’s OK ladies, go crazy. Get out those knives and start tearing it apart. It’s good for us!
For those of you who are new to my blog, please note that because of health reasons I am restricted to spending time at my own blog and will not be able to visit and comment back so please do not feel pressured to do so here unless you really want to. I wish I could do more but for now my energy stops at the destruction of our book club journal.
I love your photos. That is the greatest idea- starting with the morning dew. Refreshing. Sounds like just what you need:)
Awesom Suzie ~ i love that you ackowledge that it should feel wrong, but it doesn’t! Inspiring…
Your post made me smile! Love the photos! Happy creating!
Jamie Ridler says
WOOT! You’re totally inspiring me. I think I’m going to throw my journal off my roof since I can now get to it!
I love the action shot and seeing all the colours on your test page. Yep, this is going to be fun!
I could never do that to my books! You are right, we are conditioned to be careful and gentle with our things.. maybe it’s because we like to look at pretty things. I might have to buy a book and wreck it!
Awesome action shot!! had me wondering where the hell I could climb up (fear of heights here!)
I’ll have to be clever!
I agree – we all need a little more wildness in our lives. 🙂
Loved your photos and the fact that you just went for it. Can’t wait to see what you will do next:)
SO glad you have some destructive energy for this crazy book! You’ve already inspired me today.
I think I’m gonna take mine and shoot it across the yard with a big sling shot thing, after seeing your photo.
When I first started to wreck the book it felt so odd. I’m used to trying to be careful with my books. It feels so good to have a book I can just throw, scribble in, crumple up, and set on fire!
Suzie, I too like the photos a lot and this post is an inspirational kickoff for the group. Whoo hoo! xo, O
This is so fun!
The Other Laura says
I’m totally inspired to find some place very high to drop my book from!
Paula - Buenos Aires says
Love your colours box & the action pictures. 🙂
Genie Sea says
Way to LEAP into it! 🙂 YAY! 🙂
Kara aka Mother Henna says
FABULOUS falling photo!
Will be fun to be wrecking with you this summer, Suzie… zillion miracles to you…
Ooh, you gave me an idea- going out on my deck and throwing the journal as high and far as I can. Great action shot!
Love your pictures suzie!
Here’s to being brave!
Love the action photo. I haven’t done that page yet but I’m looking forward to it. Way to get right into the process!
Love the photos, I can’t wait to drop mine for a tall building but then there are no tall buildings here, hmm I will need to do something creative…
Awesome Suzie!! As Mike and I were away for a funeral for the last several days, I have done anything with this book yet. But, I’m excited to start wrecking!! (Actually – I DID crack open the spine. I had a HARD time doing it too!)
Kathy Crabbe says
I enjoyed your pix and I’m signing up too!
really enjoyed your pics. way to wreck!! looking forward to wrecking the rest of the journey with you!!
how absolutely wonderful 🙂 i love these photos!! xo
I love your action shots. I’m looking forward to watching your journal get wrecked.
I imagine some really yummy foods will be documented in this journal…
Patti H says
love your action shots! Where am I going to drop mine from? LOL
Love your photos, especially when you let it drop! Good luck with the book. I started mine today and I’m loving it!