UPDATE: Due to Twitter’s buying and shutting down of Posterous, Malyn’s 10minutes sketchbook blog has been moved to WordPress, The Sketchbook Project 2012 – 10 minutes. Please visit the new site, enjoy Malyn’s sketchbook and sign her guestbook.
Deep passions never die
I asked her, since she is part of a sketch tour, whether she was just newly learning how to sketch or if she had started when she was younger. She proudly confessed the latter, and you can tell from the quality of her sketching.
Malyn also mentioned that she had stopped sketching for several years a little while back. For her, the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project was an opportunity to revisit her sketching and renew her passion for artistic play.
This led to discussion of my passion for creative writing, which I also have enjoyed since childhood and also took a hiatus of several years from.
Hiatuses lead to inspiration
Of course, Malyn asked why I stopped. And I explained my heart transplant to her.
This led Malyn to draw a new sketch … about me.
And here it is. Wow!
For the colourful story behind this sketch, please read Malyn’s post about this sketch.
Camaraderie expands horizons
I developed many friendships using Twitter. I use the term PLN often, because most of my friends are teachers and most of our communication is professional. But it would undervalue my activity on Twitter and other social media, like this blog, to dismiss the camaraderie developed in my learning journey. My social and professional circles have definitely expanded since I started developing professionally online.
In addition, I have another blog, maintained much less often than this one, which I dedicate to writing and my writing in particular. This is where I occasionally write about writing.
Last month, I became the new leader of the Write Group. This role is rather daunting, since I am replacing the quill of a great leader who served for 29 years. I expect that as my new duty takes hold, I will post more to my writing blog, particularly since I am designing a resource wiki for the Write Group.
I will also do more writing with the encouragement of my duties, much like Malyn is sketching more with the encouragement of her participation in the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project.
So from a conversation last night, I have expanded my horizons some more and so has Malyn. Now that is social networking in action.
How about you? What is your passion? And how do you encourage yourself to expand and never lose it?
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