This post technically covers weeks 11 through 17 of my sabbatical. I considered continuing the weekly round-up of my sabbatical adventures but not too long from now, I'll be having surgery and I can guarantee that in the rare chance I make it to the computer during my recovery, the content of my posts will be simply "!#$@! This hurts!" So I'll drop the requisite post headline and merely tag the posts "sabbatical" so you'll be able to find all such posts together should you get a wild hair to read my accounts in order and in their entirety.
After about 7 to 8 months away from the practice, I am slowly returning to journaling. It is such a soothing process and I'm in serious need of soothing right now. Ironically, I began my reintroduction to journaling by concluding a journal. My Scraps journal had just a few unfinished pages remaining so I played for a day or so and was able to add another completed journal to the shelf.
I originally started this journal as a sort of background playground but towards the end, I felt like taking the pages a bit closer to fully composed pieces. These efforts triggered some ideas for future projects so I am glad I didn't abandon this book after so long away. After the initial week or so of post-op recovery, I hope I'll feel well enough to make it to my studio table and see my new projects fulfilled. Luckily, journaling doesn't require the ability to walk (especially if one's studio is organized accordingly.) If I am really forced to keep my foot constantly elevated for four weeks, I'll just journal on the couch with a greatly simplified toolkit.