Imaginary lives

One of the first week tasks in the Artist’s Way is to come up with five imaginary lives. Things you might have done, people you might have been, if there were no limits and no fear. Lives that are more fun than your real life. Here are mine:

Stictly Come Dancing celebrity learning to dance with Robin and wearing twirly sequinned dresses.
An artist living on the Isle of Muck, swimming in the cold sea and painting glorious colourful pictures of light.
A lecturer with no admin, marking or stress, just enjoying the buzz of teaching students who long to learn. In this one, I wake up excited every day.
I’m married to a man who makes my heart dance.
A great chef, playing with taste, texture and colour to create love on a plate.

I already wrote two of these into books, although I never finished the dancing story. I’m writing another at the moment. And all of my heroines end up with men who make their hearts dance.

What would be your imaginary lives?

The Artist’s Way

I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now (it was even in my list of 38 Things To Do last year) but for various reasons (THESIS, THESIS, THESIS) I haven’t had chance until now. I’m doing it with a friend, so we can check in every week and talk about how it’s going.

The Artist’s Way is a 12 week course designed to help you unblock your creativity. It’s not just for painting/drawing kinds of artists, it’s for anyone who is creative in any way. So that’s everyone. It’s not about techniques or goals or being good at things. It’s about learning to have fun, let go and see where that takes you. I’m excited and a bit scared. I think it will be good but maybe a bit scary at times (there’s a No Reading Week which sounds horrendous!).

For now, I’ve done my first Morning Pages and I’m thinking about what to do for my first Artist’s Date.

I’ll let you know how I get on!