The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).
After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week?
The daily target of 500 new words + 20 minutes of rewriting on an old work seems to have worked out pretty well over the last seven days, which means I get to claim two-thirds of a win on last week’s goal. I would have done the planning, but for the realisation that I only had two weeks to finalise a PhD application for next year, and I spent much of the week doing that with my planning time.
All that makes this week really simple: maintain the 500/20 system, and get the PhD application ready.
What’s inspiring me this week?
I’ve been on a hardcore personal essay kick this year, and this week I’ve been immersed in one of the best collections I’ve read in twelve months. Etgar Keret’s Seven Good Years is odd and quirky and very funny and highly recommended to anyone. I spent years giving Keret’s fiction books away as gifts to people who were having bad weeks, and I can see myself doing the same with this one.
What part of my project an I avoiding?
I did a whole mise-en-place thing when I started putting together the PhD application, sorting out all the things I needed to track down and write and do. It proved to be incredibly useful, but now I need to do a similar thing for the things that need to be done this week after getting feedback on the original things I’d put together.