A January writing challenge? Pour quoi pas?

I don’t know why I do this to myself, sign up for this and that challenge, as if life isn’t busy enough, but here I go again.

This january, every day, I’m going to write a ‘small stone’ as part of the Mindful Writing Challenge –

The idea is to pay attention, carefully and patiently, to one thing each day of the month, and write a little something to capture that thing, that moment. This piece of writing, this process, has been dubbed a ‘small stone’.

They, the folks at ‘Writing Our Way Home‘, put it better than I do:

“A small stone is a short piece of writing (prose or poetry) that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment. The process of finding small stones is as important as the finished product – searching for them will encourage you to keep your eyes (and ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and mind) open.”

So here goes!

Small Stone 1: Clip

Brushed steel petals blossoming from a shiny black bead, like the pupil of a villain’s eye – but it’s just a hair clip, is all. A little bit girly; a little bit grown up. Half of a pair bought on holiday with a friend. It clip-clops open and closed, so satisfying between my restless fingers.