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  • June 7th, 2011 | 3:02 PM
What does hope mean to you?

I just got my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. It's both exciting and intimidating at the same time. But mostly exciting.

I chose the theme of HOPE and am starting to play around with ideas of how to utilize it in the sketchbook. I may combine poetry and art. Or maybe not. But I'm curious, when you hear the word hope, what do you think? See? Feel?
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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June 7th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, yay! I'm doing the Sketchbook Project too. I chose "Time Traveler".

It took me weeks to draw a single thing in it...it is intimidating. I had to sort of tell myself this doesn't have to be like, some ridiculously awesome thing I can't actually accomplish.
June 7th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
ooh, Time Traveler sounds great!

But see, at least you can, uhm, DRAW. I'm going to have to go abstract with collage and paint.

Did you rebind your book? It's really flimsy and the paper is thin.
June 7th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Nah...it is cheaper than I expected, so my idea of drawing in it with brush pens is out, but...I am honest enough with myself to know that I am too lazy to rebind anything. So pencil sketches it is!
June 8th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)

Well since I don't sketch, I'm doing collage. I'm thinking I'll collage a background page and then add to it. I'll probably have to take the staples out and stitch it instead because it will be fatter but I haven't a clue how to rebind stuff so I don't want to learn on this project.
June 8th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
I guess for me when I recognize what I'm feeling as hope, I feel lighter, happier, brighter. Like I could recline on clouds.

It's an excitement deep in my belly and my heart.

It's a promise of things yet to come, good things.

It's a baby's laugh, an infant's smile. It's the shining eyes of children on Christmas Eve.

It's the satisfied look on the face of a graduate receiving a diploma who knows adventure lies just around the corner.
Office Depot, Office Max, and Kinkos all bind items for you. Probably in one of those comb things, but I'm guessing there are choices.
November 7th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
Hope for me is many things, both negative and positive. I see things in many perspectives. For me personally, hope is that voice in the back of your head that always pushes you forward. The small words of encouragement when you achieve a goal. Slight praise from those around you. The gleam in the eyes of those around you as you impact their lives. The look in a wife's eyes as she watches the love of her life take his last breath. The first thing a little boy sees when his hero walks into the room...his mom. A college student who cries every night because she doesn't know where life will lead her, but she knows that she has a purpose in life. A colony of ants in formation after a storm as they try to start their lives over again. The neighborhood mailman as he drops off his last letter.

I hope this helps. Hope is a pretty deep subject for me. I like that you're doing it. :) My name is Shay by the way. :D Good luck with this all.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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