I'm going to share some of my work from the book here. If you don't agree that I should do this publicly, you don't have to stick around. Go suck on a lollipop or something.
Writing is, especially today, an activity I'm doing as a way to care for myself. And I'm more motivated to write if I know someone's reading it, so here I am.
So now... some exercises:
1. My favorite childhood toy was my raggedy-ann doll (that's me with her in the photo above). I named her Melissa. She had a red heart sewn on her chest and wore a yellow flowered dress. I think I became attached to her because she was softer than the other dolls that had plastic faces, and she was easy to carry. One time I forgot her at a restaurant and I was so distraught my Dad had to go back and get her. I'm sure I had many conversations with Melissa, though I don't remember them.
2. Best movie I ever saw as a kid: I liked Annie, mostly because of the songs. I would sing "Tomorrow" over and over again, and I was rather upset when my teacher chose Jessica instead of me for playing the part of Annie the little orphan girl.
3. My favorite childhood game: Scavenger hunts. I still really like them.
4. I don't do it much but I enjoy playing board games and cards. Kevin and I did this a lot when we were dating. We'd get together with my sister, Stephanie, and her husband Rob and play Settlers of Catan or Rook. And I loved playing Canasta with large groups of people while camping at Saltspring Island. I haven't played that one in so long that I've forgotten how.
5. If I could lighten up a little I'd... um... have more fun??
6. If it weren't too late I'd elope rather than have a wedding ceremony and all that. I think weddings are expensive and overrated. It's the actual marriage that matters most.
There are more of these exercises. I might share them with you later if I feel like it.