Sound of Paper: 10 things I love to do

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.


  1. Laugh, hard. It’s also hard to make me laugh, which is why I’m always on the hunt for good comedy.
  2. Dance. I found a “safe place” to dance once a month, but I’m having trouble honoring my self-commitment to go dancing twice a month. On the fence about finding a dancing buddy.
  3. Karaoke. I actually really love singing in public. I don’t even need booze to do it.
  4. Digging. By digging I mean reading every magazine a library database has. I mean finding the most obscure of obscure flickr groups. I mean finding source documents scanned onto the  Internet from 1860. I actually get a thrill from deep research.
  5. Decoupage has turned out to be more than mildly addictive.
  6. Pranks. Low/no-cost pranks, to be fair. My rules are: no actual property damage, and only low-level emotional trauma.
  7. Questing. I used to create really bizarre goals in life – “stick gum to a car tire while in moving traffic,” “Play frisbee with an offering plate” (that last one doesn’t work well – if it DOES fly, someone WILL get hurt.) Creating small, absurd, achievable goals brightens me up and as a teenager gave me a sense of both rebellious freedom and a minute amount of control over my life. I haven’t needed it as much, but when I use this method, it’s still very effective for me.
  8. Watching chick flicks by myself. The Artist’s Way actually explains why I want fluff over substance – it’s because I need that fluff. I write stuff with a whole lot of substance, and I read books thicker than brick walls on a regular basis. The fluff is necessary, a way to relax, laugh, enjoy; it frees me from the need to be pressing and serious. Serious things will still be serious, I certainly don’t need to affect a Serious Demeanor for those things all the time.
  9. Gardening. I get enormous pleasure planting, trimming and using herbs.
  10. New experiences. It can be just about anything, as long as it’s new: new shop, new restaurant, new TV show, new game – I like to try things, and while I don’t like them all, I like that I’m actively seeing out those fresh experiences. Sure, habits and hangouts are nice, but I always want to know EVERYTHING that’s out there. It’s why I’m exploring Saint Paul on artist’s dates in between making use of my museum passes this year.