Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, November 8, 2010

NaNoJouMo and Other Challenges

I'm doing art every day. The reason is; I've taken up the sword, er challenge. Well, quite a few actually but that is how I work. It's the same with my writing. If I don't have a deadline I just don't get it done. Sure, I write every day, but not the kinds of things that I want to submit. And then I don't go through and do the editing, unless I have to. I've tried all kinds of tricks to change this. I set up false deadlines. If I know the deadline is the 20th of each month I put on my calendar the 10th. This doesn't work because I still Know the deadline is the 20th.

With frustration, stress, and sometimes, tears I make my deadlines. I know I'm not the only one in this boat. I do find that the challenges on BlogLand keep me working. I'm pushed to do something every day. I push myself to try new techniques and mediums. I grow and learn and develop. That's what's important (and filling my etsy shop and making editors happy.)

I'm caught up with NaNoJouMo. I'm really enjoying this challenge of one word a day. Here's a couple of the one's I've done for equanimity and moment.

I'm also busy with art every day month. Sometimes I count the journal pages but I'm trying to do them as separate challenges. Here's the tag I made for June's weekly challenge: Song, Dance, Music. June has these wonderful weekly challenges that have stretched my creativity more than once. Now she is having a big challenge to create a piece using one of her downloads. You can learn more at Dezinaworld. Thanks for the nudges, June.
Are YOU challenging yourself? Tell us your favorite challenges. (Watch out for Tuesdays With Rita for another type of challenge.) Have a Grrrrrrrreat Day.

Materials for artwork on this page:
Equanimity: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons, images from computer and scrabpook paper. lace, charcoal, rapidograph pen
Moment: Neocolor II crayons, magazine image, stamps, charcoal, gel pens, rapidograph pen
Song, Dance, Music: tag, fiber, vintage music, cardstock, Derwent InkTense Pencils, rapidograph pen, Ranger vintage ink, Neocolor II crayons, gel pens, lace



  1. Wow Rita! I am loving what I see here. You have been busy. I am involved with two swaps right now from the yahoo group and that's got me on my toes right now. I look forward to trying out some things I've been learning on line.
    Take care and keep inspiring us! =)

  2. Good for you Rita ;) So glad that you are back on track with your NaNoJouMo challenge...my niece is still trying to catch up with ya! Mailed out your magazine today so you should have it this week...enjoy ;)

  3. Everything you do is so inspiring! Love it!!! Especially the tag :0)

  4. Hi Rita, you do push yourself hard my friend so try not to be hard on yourself when you dont quite make it.... just think of all you have achieved instead.
    I love all of these. love your journal work and love the music tag. I really appreciate your kind write up too and thanks so much for joining in with the challenge.
    hugs June x


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