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Noticing and observation

Greetings. Just a quick note to tell you that if today's prompt felt different, and weird, and maybe a little harder... yeah, that happened.

We're shifting into a new middle phase which is less exclusively focused on memory, and more about noticing and observing. These aren't mutually exclusive, of course. But a few of the prompts over the next week will be more rooted in the present. The present, of course, doesn't have a tidy ending a lot of the time. That's OK. 

I find that when I travel overseas, I notice things that I don't even look at when I'm at home: the shape of the street signs, the sound of the cars on the road, the quality of the light as the sun dips behind a building. With these prompts, I'm hoping you can tap into that part of your observation system, the one that can slow down, take in, describe.

The primary goal remains: Write something, just something, every day. 

Onward and upward!

- Robin

p.s. If you haven't read Rachel Cusk's excellent novel, "Outline," I recommend it. If you do, you'll probably see why I mention it here.

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