Sunday gratitude, with 2 blue notebooks

Two blue spiral notebooksI started the blue notebook on the left at LiTFUSE last September, filled it with notes, exercises, drafts of poems, ideas for poems. Five days later, I was laid off from my job. The notebook became a hybrid of poetry free-writes and career-shift notes, as I met with many helpful people and learned a lot. Thank you, all of you.

When that first notebook was full, I started the next one. I’ve found a few unused notebooks left over from my kids’ high school days, and I liked the continuity of blue. More free writes, meeting notes, and interview notes, plus notes from AWP.

Tomorrow, I start my new job at Winshuttle. I enjoy the fact that these notebooks started with LiTFUSE and my time off (however you want to call it) has ended with AWP. I still have room in the notebook, and I’ll keep writing, although I’m yet sure when.

This week, I’m thankful for having lunch with my Mom.

I’m thankful for my time at AWP–for seeing so many friends and for meeting new people as well as meeting Facebook friends in person and for learning about novel structure and the lyric essay and poetry of wonder and for hearing so much poetry.

And I’m thankful for starting my new job.

Open the door. Open my heart.

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  1. Sylvia Vaughn’s avatar

    Joannie, I like your gratitude journals very much. They reaffirm for me that even though we are unique, we share so much more than the planet. How familiar those notebooks are to me! I finally put labels on the covers with brief synopses of poems, etc., on mine for quick reference.

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