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  • Almost 4pm at my favorite cafe, my hands are shaky. I have half an hour to write a sprouted story before I need to leave for a meeting in San Mateo. Where's that index card? Quick, draw it. Well, that drawing will have to do. Upload photo. My heart is pounding. Hurry, start typing.

    On Monday, Eileen and I saw Jonathan Harris talk at CCA. He told the story of his projects leading up to Cowbird. At one point, he took a photo every day for a year and wrote something about it.

    On the drive home, I noted that I'd done something like that before and wasn't going to do it on Cowbird, even though it seemed to me that very short (sub-200 word) stories are "loved" more often than the longer ones.

    Eileen replied that a photo can tell a whole story. I agreed, but said I joined Cowbird to practice my writing, not just to engage in storytelling.

    As those words were coming out of my mouth, I realized that I shouldn't get distracted from the deliberate practice of writing my stories, which are a bit longish. So even when participating in Experiment #1, I have to stick to the rules I've given myself.

    Oh good, I'm almost finished. My heart rate is slowing.

    Forgive me for another Mad Men reference, but what keeps running through my mind is: "You're good. Get better. Stop asking for things."

    I signed up for a writing critique session tomorrow night. First time I've ever done something like this.

    Wish me luck! Gotta run now.
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