Sunday’s Thoughts

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

I wrote these with a fountain pen, which is not my best instrument. These are my journal pages. If you read them, you will get insight into where and what my state of mind is.

I would have scanned them into the computer, but my equipment and the program did not cooperate with me. Therefore, I did the phone as I have for the past months.

Showing journal pages is a level of openness I can do, but it is a bit uncomfortable. I have no idea how this audience will react, so it is a gamble.

How revealing can you be? Consider that a prompt.

Blessings, I hope, always find you. Jesus, lend you peace. Live, alive, and Love cause that is why we are here on Earth.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Day 123 – 2022 Creativity Project

  • Reading List thus far for 2022
  • 1. Ready Player One (reread) by Ernest Kline - 5 stars
  • 2. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - 5 stars 3. The Labyrinth of Spirits #4 by Carlos Ruiz Zafron - 5 stars
  • 4. The Source by James A. Michener - 5 stars
  • 5. Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson - 5stars
  • 6. The Storyteller by Dave Grohl - 5 stars
  • 7. The Left Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix - 5 stars
  • 8. Never by Ken Follett - 5 stars
  • 9. Space by James A. Michener -5 stars
  • 10. Bewilderment by Richard Powers - 5 stars 11. The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker - 5 stars
  • 12. The Mammoth Book of Merlin (anthology) by Mike Ashley - 5 stars
  • 13. The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran - 5 stars
  • 14. Madrenga by Alan Dean Foster - 5 stars
  • 15. Revelator by Daryl Gregory - 5 stars
  • 16. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans - 5 stars
  • 17. Preparing for Easter by C. S. Lewis - 5stars
  • 18. Crossings by Alex Landragin - 5 stars
  • 19. The Last Goddess by Katerina Tuckova - 5stars
  • 20. Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry - 5 stars
  • 21. Palindrome by Stuart Woods - 5 stars
  • 22. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - 5 stars

All of these are phenomenal books. You will do well should you pick up any of the list. There is a mix of older titles and more recent ones. I would do full reviews, but there are too many.

Music, reading, and writing are balms to the soul too wild to slow down. Attention becomes affixed, and gaps in time no longer seem to yawn. Apply the salve to better continue.

– © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

2022 Creativity Project – March 28

1
There is a feeling,
Extraordinary, when
A new book opens
And the reader goes within
To travel worlds, places, times.

2
Reading is such joy
To be caught up in story,
A shiny new toy.

3
It is  cumbersome
Bumbling through every day,
Searching for a way
Outside the hive of struggle
Into a higher state, life.

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B&W Self Portrait with Shelf
© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt: Imagine the first time you opened a book, create…

Gratitude List
I am grateful:
1. The day is near ended.
2. I caught the exuded matter from Tribble’s eyes before it got worse.
3. I managed to leave the house for a few minutes.
4. The pants I recovered washed up well.
5. Tomorrow is another day.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

2022 Creativity Project – Day 18

I am a pen collector. I will collect cheap pens; I will gather more expensive ones. I particularly like hand-made ones.

I, when young, initially liked Parker more than Cross. I probably still do.

Writing since I can remember, I always preferred pens to typing.

“A pen doesn’t belong to anybody. It’s a free spirit that stays with one while that person needs it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

My Mont Blanc – © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Once, I began to believe I would have arrived as a writer when I acquired a Mont Blanc. I think it was around 2000 when Sam’s Club was carrying the elusive pens. I got one. I learned it only meant I had it. My writing was mine, and I was a writer with or without a pen.

Accept Yourself

If you believe you are
Gifted in a particular skill or way
And spend time in doing everyday
Or even now and then, trying
To get better, become your best,
You may do justice to confess
It is your art, your unique gift
Claim it and let it be your talent
And even if you do not by it earn
You can still, with future hope, affirm
It is part of who you claim to be. -JAJAJ

Prompt
Do not doubt your creativity; claim what you are. Express your talent as part of who you are in a definitive work. Please share it with those who may doubt your calling.

I am not a fan of series, but I have been reading authors in translation recently, without meaning to do so, and I found these books.

The Cemetery Of Forgotten Books Series

I highly recommend the whole series. Mr. Zafon uses some of the most beautiful descriptions I have ever encountered in literature. I read quite a lot.

Gratitude List
I am thankful:
1. I got a nap.
2. I dreamed good dreams.
3. This entry came together effortlessly.
4. I am becoming an ace at making things on the phone.
5. The Samsung Note app is more robust than I guessed.

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© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

2022 Creativity Project – Day 5

Today, I return to my original format used with my first creativity project online, found on Chronicles. I have included my handwritten journal entry for this date.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt
If you have not tried journaling, do that. You may wish to do freeform as above, or you may want to give yourself a topic each day. If you are doing specific creative work, a journal may also be used to work out glitches and problems in what you are doing. Include what you wish; a journal is like a friend whose feedback is in your reading again.

Recommendation
I have listened to the Audible version of Sandman and am listening to Sandman 2. I am usually not a fan of audiobooks, but I find these extremely enjoyable. Both employ a cast of voice actors and required sounds, and it may help that I am already a fan of Neil Gaiman.

READING SUGGESTION
The first book I have completed in 2022 is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I read this book in 2011 when it originally came out, and I am afraid much reading since fogged my memory of some portions. Since my son, Alex, often references it, I reread it.
It is a good book about computers, simulations, the 1980s, the present, friendship, romance, lost love, and even has some murder thrown in. It is a book with a broad appeal, as relevant now as at its initial publication, maybe more.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

1
Maybe, those dreams past
We can make real if we take
This time to attend
To things we began before
Warnings dire started to flash.

2
Who could you become
If you trusted yourself more
Than you have before?

3
We can never buy
What we want most, try we may
But days, past decays.


Gratitude List
I am thankful:
1.
For holidays, and
For average days when routine
Takes hold, and things are
A bit less bold, and one can
Be a comfortable self, like:
A quiet volume,
Not opened to reveal all
The story it hides,
But sitting dreamy waiting
‘Til some hungry soul arrives.
2.
For clever devices
Technologies some devise
Adding joy to lives.
3.
My ability
To read and maybe write,
With some expertise.
4.
These dogs, who call me
Theirs, who willingly share space
And the air freely.
5.
Friends and family
I have had, happily known,
Those lives still present
And those now gone, just away,
Or to their heavenly home.

A gratitude list, made poetry? Not entirely sure what happened there, but I also seem to speak in rhyme from time to time, so I guess I will not worry over something so sublime.


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