Sharpen your pencil.
I met the beautiful Martha Lent for a cup of coffee and requested that she “Please, Martha, run into Restoration Hardware with me, real quick. There’s a giant leather trunk on wheels that’s really a desk inside. You have to see it. Lordy, it’s cool.”
Anything on wheels or surrounded by pencils is cool in my journal. I sported the unsharpened pencil behind one ear, pretending to be writing with another unsharpened pencil look. I sometimes wear the sharpened pencil behind one ear look, although that’s much more dangerous. All this pencil-talk made me wonder if there was a scent based on the delicious smell of pencil shavings. Wonderwood by Comme des Garcons it is (ok, that’s what she said-ers, calm down).
What’s your story? Use your sharpened pencils along with your sharpened senses to write or sketch in your destination journal. Begin even if you have only a few short moments. Imagine the time it took for me to sit at this desk on wheels, gather my wits, and have a photo snapped. Jot down first impressions of the setting. Take time this week (perhaps when the turkey or tofurky is browning) to create something high or lowbrow in a more permanent location. Sharpen, erase, and roll along with what you’ve started.