Sound of Paper: 20 wishes, great and small

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.

Notre Dame

pic by Diana Rajchel. Shot at the Notre Dame in Paris – caught a Turkish tourist messing around.


  1. More baskets/better bathroom storage so I can keep the sink completely clear when we’re not using it
  2. Cleaning wipes. Easily fulfilled.
  3. Justice. I want justice for the crap that’s been done to me recently and endemically, justice for women in general, and justice for people that are treated as though they’re harmful when they’re merely challenging to someone else’s preconceived notions of right, wrong, style, or good.
  4. To live in a world where character really does matter more than appearance, religion, lack of religion, what group you belong to or how much money you have.
  5. For the people I care about – and even those I don’t so much – to communicate better by relaying early, often, and courageously.
  6. To write more poems.
  7. To catch up on my reading as in reading off books that have sat on my shelf since my undergraduate days.
  8. To winter outside of Minnesota. Mike says he “needs seasons,” and given my mounting asthma, I’m thinking in a few years I’m going to need NOT seasons. Considering looking for writers grants just to get around that.
  9. The weird block in my head when it comes to poetry writing removed.
  10. To write fearlessly.
  11. To have the magical gift of puncturing rationalization, whether it’s my own or someone else’s. It’s one thing to protect the mind and spirit, but all too often it endangers it instead, or is used to excuse/convince of entitlement horrid things.
  12. To feel good about Fat Chic before it runs on auto-pilot.
  13. To sell the hell out of Divorcing a Real Witch.
  14. To find a writer’s feedback/critique group that is right for me.
  15. To get more involved with my university alumni programs.
  16. To get certified in herbalism, or something.
  17. To find a spiritual fellowship that truly works for me. (I may have found it, giving it some time.)
  18. To own a smart car. Or at least a giant roller skate like they used to have at roller rinks.
  19. To be happy.
  20. A housekeeper/laundry service/grocery service type package would also be awesome.
  21. Bonus: to have enough of my fitness back that I can start taking Nice Ride to the YWCA in the spring.

Filed under: Tasks, The Sound of Paper