Episode 482 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — December journaling, illustrated journaling, and the inspiring When Wanderers Cease to Roam
This episode is a bit out of time and place. It is, at the heart, a December show, but the discussion of When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put (by Vivian Swift) isn’t December-specific. This is a book I’ve talked about before and always find enchanting and beautiful to look at. Because of its structure and visual form, I think you will notice something different every time you pick it up, which is, of course, part of the beauty and invitation of an illustrated journal.
The “prequel” of sorts to this show was Episode 481. I split them at the time for length, with full intent to publish them back to back. So, you might want to go back and catch that show, if you missed it.
There’s some talk here about the book, about illustrated journaling, about watercolor and the combination of text, vignette, story, and detail in our journals (and in this example).
Older shows on this book or related topics:
Episode 240 (2017)
Also mentioned in this episode:
Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times (Katherine May)
Note: Katherine May has two other books you may be interested in, one of which is new in 2023: The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk In The Wild To Find Her Way Home (2021) and Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age (2023)
A sidenote: I have talked for years about illustrating my show notes. I was envisioning this and even trying my hand at it through the years before I ever knew about sketchnoting. Someday, I envision this as a very special compendium of sketchnotes from the show through the years. My sketchnoting skills have a long way to go, but I am working on getting down at least visual text notes when I listen back to shows in 2023. This serves as both practice and as a toe in the water….. I love ending up with the visual one-pager! We’ll see if I can stick with it and continue to work towards what feels like a fairytale goal. In some ways, it would seem this might be the easiest book for me to work on (though the hardest to sell). In other ways, it is something I hold in the distance while I work on a more short-term book about illustrated journaling. With almost 500 shows in the list, it is daunting to even think about the full scale of illustrating all the shows. Maybe I could start with 2019, as a random date. Or 2017?
Saying things out loud, committing them to words in print, writing them in our journals, thinking them in our morning pages or written or typed notes…. can be empowering…. it can be a nudge, a push, a pivot from internal thought to something that has substance.
Stay tuned for some thoughts on doing a 100 Day Project (or “the” 100 Day Project). I’m also looking at channeling my writing into a substack. I hope you’ll decide to follow along there for more nuts and bolts.
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