So it has been pretty much impossible for me to start on my number 4 daily resolution, "Just start on it". Meaning, just start a personal project, any project. Stream of consciousness writing is nice and all and good for getting chops, but it is not an end goal. Common Core may be fraught with tremendous issues but I'll agree with it on that point.
But here is something I hope to work on, with the impetus of one of my best friend's impending (or arrived??) baby girl.
The first "books" for infants are simply high contrast shapes, that you point to again and again and repeat what they are. It is intensely boring. So I've been thinking for a long time about a numbers book that has writing for adults within it. I got so exhausted trying to talk to August as a baby while showing him a book. Sleep deprivation is a murderer of imagination, an executioner in full mask and leather body suit.
At first I imagined it with classic text in it: maybe some Jane Austen, maybe some Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But now I think it should be funny. The number one is easy and I'm not sure about the flow of the others, but I know by 7 one should be allowed to bemoan how boring reading to a baby can be.
I hope I can continue and not get frustrated and give it up. I don't want to be that. I wish I were a genius who could do naught but express/enable/pass on what comes through my mind. There's a better word. Something midwives do...