I am a relatively newcomer to Calen’s The Sandbox Writing Challenge, but I will do my best to answer the questions for the Review.
- Did any of your answers surprise you? Why or why not? I realized how many projects I still have left Undone but I am not really *shocked* by it. I tend to create projects for myself and then never finish them.
- Was there any one exercise that felt more emotionally “charged” than the others? If so you may want to take a few moments and write a bit more about it. But only write until the “energy” runs out. The exercise on vulnerability was probably the one that was the most emotionally charged for me, but I feel like I wrote all that I needed to on it.
- Are there exercises that feel incomplete? Go with your energy. Complete those exercises now. You’ll know they are finished when your energy is spent and the exercise feels complete. Nope, I feel like they are all complete. I don’t think I have anything new to add to them.
- What insights about yourself have come to light? I realized this just before I began doing these exercises, but doing these has reinforced it: I need to procrastinate less and do more. As a result, I downloaded a calendar and have been using it religiously to plan out my days and all of the new projects that I want and need to complete. I’ve yet to schedule time to do all of those Undone projects though. They may have to wait until next January as I won’t be as busy then as I am now and in the upcoming months.
Part 3 “Loosening Up” Exercise:
List 1: What words would you use to describe your spouse, partner, or best friend?
I will do a list for my estranged spouse:
- generous (with money, usually, but not his time or in giving compliments of any kind, although, he has gotten better with the compliments since our separation)
List 2: What words would you use to describe your enemies?
I don’t really have any enemies persay, at least not these days, but here is a list of those from my past:
List 3: What words would your spouse, partner, or best friend use to describe you?
Again, I will use my estranged spouse:
- spiritual (he only says this now since we’ve separated)
- understanding (again, only since we’ve separated)
- forgiving (I always forgave first and still do)
- creative (but not as much as he is – yes, he would say that)
- talented writer (he just recently said this to me)
List 4: What words would your enemies use to describe you?
Wow, this is dredging up some really bad emotions, but here is how my enemies in the past described me:
I haven’t had any real enemies since grade school or high school. So this is why all of the childish name-calling descriptions.
Wow, Calen… this was harder than I realized, but definitely enlightening. Thank you!