10 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 10

Inspired by an accidental subscription to a Skillshare class taught by Emily Gould. Read her old blog here.


I’m thankful for this challenge. I’m thankful for limited prepositional use and Anne from parks and recreation. I’m thankful for newfound buddies, and I’m thankful for old moons. I’m thankful for forced hypocrisy and lewd truths. I’m thankful for reduction. I’m thankful for the long way to Mars. I’m thankful for long-living prawns, so they tell the earth. I’m thankful for folk with an “i” and violence with an “o.” I’m thankful for flying sticks and dripping boldness like lakes silvered till complete. I’m thankful for wounded bell noises and I’m thankful for the valleys in between consumption and the snow of the …. Adirondacks. 

Today I noticed the screwed concavity of a steel insert on a white microwave’s side. Today I noticed how the plates must be set together like something new and something old. Today I noticed the last day on belly up. Today I noticed the middle coming first, and the first coming now, in the temporally relative middle. Now. Today I noticed the end is something like noticing itself. Today I noticed the fault in our resumes Today I noticed wrung out necks today I noticed their glistening in the projected panes of superpsychedelia and childhood theater. Today I noticed lesbians. Today I noticed new mainstream desire principles hinged on the back of monsters known today, in the middle, as mothers.  


Each day I’ll upload a post from the challenge involving the prompt “I’m thankful” or “I’m grateful” and “Today I noticed.” If you take up the challenge yourself, please share them with me! I would love to read and write together.

End: Today ends the consecutive day challenge. The rest of the course asks us to read the entries again, or maybe for the first time, and find a passage – could be just a phrase, or a sentence, couple sentences, a paragraph or a whole entry – to appreciate. Feel good that you wrote that.

I’ve been doing this throughout the challenge. 10 Days is a long time, and I found myself going back through the entries as I wrote and read them. I almost wrote “read and wrote them” which could be all the same. Sometimes, if not all the time and surely in varying degrees, the reading is an almost generative process. The reading leads to writing that leads to more reading and then you have a sort of – loop.

The very last step of the 10 day journaling challenge is to take one entry and revise it, turning it into a whole piece. This could mean adding more, taking away, both or changing some element of the words.

My favorite part of the lesson by Gould was her suggestion on how you could change the entry by simply switching out pronouns. As she states, “congrats, now you’re working on fiction.” I love this approach to nonfiction/fiction. It reminds me of some of my favorite writers who draw on their lives in fiction that’s not autobiographical and autobiographical at the same time.

The next month I’ll be uploading once, twice or maybe even three times a day, so the blog will stay active. The challenge is done, but I’m working on three more Skillshare projects, I still have more than 8 months of subscription left. These are bigger ones that aren’t as easy to share daily however, and I’ll upload them when they’re done along with the revised entry from this challenge.

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10 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 9

Inspired by an accidental subscription to a Skillshare class taught by Emily Gould. Read her old blog here.


I’m thankful for the end of Stranger Things. I’m thankful for the emotions it brought up. I’m thankful to Mike and Eleven. I’m thankful to this and that, here now and then gone when. I’m thankful to chicken breasts again. I’m thankful, but just a little less than before, to the dollar and something Prego “roasted parmesan alfredo” sauce that honestly came out way too liquidy. I’m thankful to the process of cellular degeneration, and I’m honestly a bit grossed out by it. I’m thankful to smooth skin, smooth desk chairs and smooth keys. I’m thankful for opportunities I’ve yet to apply to. I’m thankful to the opportunities that I have applied to and maybe didn’t get but were fun to go for at the time. I’m thankful for my heavy hands and busy mind, the way I can get preoccupied. I’m thankful preoccupation hasn’t been occupied..yet. By a job. Or something to do with money, the darnedest thing. 

Today I noticed the wifi is still out, same as yesterday and perhaps earlier this week. Today I noticed it’s Friday! and I haven’t had a very productive M-F. Today I noticed sighing really deeply after that last sentence, I also noticed sounds outside the door. Today I noticed I’m broke, which I tend to notice a lot. Today I noticed a lot, but I don’t have much need to write it all down.


Each day I’ll upload a post from the challenge involving the prompt “I’m thankful” or “I’m grateful” and “Today I noticed.” If you take up the challenge yourself, please share them with me! I would love to read and write together.

10 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 2

Inspired by an accidental subscription to a Skillshare class taught by Emily Gould. Read her old blog here.


I’m thankful for the music outside my window. I’m thankful for the croak and creak of the beat, of simulated toadful orchestras and synchronized squatting. I’m thankful for the low-light ceiling dim bulb in my room. It’s almost a mood. I’m thankful for my on-sale Himalayan salt lamp. I’m thankful for its de-ionizing faculties, whatever that means, and how, when I put it on at night, I fall asleep feeling healthy and at risk of living a slightly longer life.

Today I noticed the woman in the flowers of a tearaway magazine shoot. Her half-obscured profile populated by pink and green hues of what I assume are cherry blossoms and their to-be-bloomed sisters. Today I noticed a lace accent next to a magazine illustration insert on my wall fits perfectly in the frame of an Instagram video somehow open unnoticed. Today I noticed the illustration is of a room and a window to an outside river valley landscape at night. Today I noticed I was hungry but did not eat. Today I noticed if I don’t eat I’ll still feel the need to pee and maybe even poo a little bit. Today I noticed the side of my jaw aching slightly where strings of surgery floss hold together the parts of my mouth where a handsome surgeon extracted two wisdom teeth last Sunday. Today I noticed a perennial truth, that sitting upright moves your bowels. Today I noticed two brief wifts of Eagle Brand ointment, dầu, in the air to my right – carrying on a breeze from the open window to my left.


Each day I’ll upload a post from the challenge involving the prompt “I’m thankful” or “I’m grateful” and “Today I noticed.” If you take up the challenge yourself, please share them with me! I would love to read and write together.