I have made my way through Lynda Barry’s book Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor. Slow reading. Taking in the content and structure of the pages, the balance and play of image, word, idea, question. Seeing how her mind moves, and in turn noticing what my mind touches on.
On pages 61 to 63 Lynda talks about ‘Your Daily Diary’, an assignment she gives her students. I’ve decided to do this for my blog post, and feel what this recording process feels like.
This is how I do it: Today. Seven things I did. Seven things I saw. Something I overheard someone say. Draw a picture of something I saw. All recorded on a single page divided into a grid of four spaces. Do it fast. Five minutes total time used to record my day. I like the speed of this. My internal critic can’t handle speedy creating, panics about getting run over, and hides somewhere out of the way. Excellent.
Because I am doing this as my blog post, I’ll use a list rather than the grid. A list of the sorts of things I notice in my life, what my mind touches. Moments of being present in my day. Here goes.