Wreck This Journal – Week 1

Wooooo…it’s finally time to start Jamie Ridler’s The Next Chapter book club where we are all going to work through Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

So this is Week 1.

If you don’t know Jamie, she’s on Twitter, and you can also watch a video where she kicks off our first week by encouraging us to give ourselves permission. Permission to get dirty and to fall on our asses (my word) and get it wrong.

And does that ever bring up a lot of stuff for me.


Following the rules. Rules must be followed. Horrible things happen when you break the rules.

Don’t dog-ear your pages. Don’t crack the spine.

This book is all about play and not worrying about getting it right, which is something I forgot how to do a looong time ago.

But it’s something I’ve been re-learning, slowly. And it seemed like this book would be good practice.

Ooh, there’s an interesting thought: Maybe play can be practiced just like yoga and meditation can. Maybe it even needs to be practiced. Which I guess would explain why I forgot how to play – I stopped practicing.

Or maybe bringing play into the realm of mindfulness, by definition, would make it be not-play?

Well, enough of that. Let’s play with this book!

I’m still behind the times and don’t have a video camera yet, so I won’t be able to share my wreckage in action. But I can post a pic.

I just flipped through a few pages…there’s one about coffee, but it’s after 10pm so there’s none of that around. And there’s one about burning the page (which Jennifer Lee demonstrated live on video!) and it’s way too late for pyromania, too.

But here’s one. I’m going to do it, but I’m procrastinating, which is why you are getting this silly play-by-play. I need to poke holes in the page.

Poor little page.

I was afraid I was going to rip the page by accident, but once I got going, I was fine.

Here’s a scanned image of the damage. (Should I even be calling it damage?)


See where it says “Bonus Hole” in red and there’s an arrow?

(Am I the only who snickers a little about “bonus hole”?)

That’s where I decided to poke an extra hole in the page. Of my own volition! I decided where it should go, without a little circle to tell me where to put it.

Yes, a pretty safe, low-key start. But it’s a start. We all start somewhere, right?

Next week? I’ll be playing with fire, food, and COLOR. Definitely lots of color.

If you’re a “wrecker”, too, be sure to say hi in the comments!

21 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal – Week 1

  1. Genie Sea

    Hiya Victoria! I am a fellow wrecker! I haven’t started yet, but I am starting today! The possibilities are endless and I am looking forward to it. I have a feeling there will be lots of giggling in this journey :)

    p.s. The link you posted on WTJ blog is broken. You night want to repost. :)

    Genie Sea’s last blog post..Rocking the Wrecking

  2. jamie

    Play as practice! I totally think that’s what we’ll be doing for the next 2 months. That’s sure to rouse that sleeping playster in you! Hell, you’ve already broken the rules and made a bonus hole. LOVE it! Not to mention converted “bum” to “ass” – you’re braver than me, kid!

    jamie’s last blog post..Welcome to Jamie Ridler Studios…

  3. Sherri

    I love the bonus hole! We have to start somewhere, right? I also really like the notion of practicing at play. I think you may be on to something there.

    P.S. There’s no one stopping you from going back later and adding even more holes. Just saying…

    Sherri’s last blog post..Wreck This Journal: Week 1

    1. Victoria

      @Genie – Thanks for stopping by, my fellow wrecker! Yes, you caught my broken link…I posted it at midnight last night (guess I wasn’t at my most aware)! It’s been fixed now, thanks to Jamie. Can’t wait to see what kind of wreck-y goodness you create!

  4. Kim

    Extra points for the bonus hole, I say! I’m afraid if I start, I won’t stop and I will have wrecked the journal in one fell swoop. I don’t know if I’m up to or into bonus holes though…

    Kim’s last blog post..Birds in the Belfry

  5. Sarah M. Greer

    Hi Victoria,

    (We’ve already chatted at my blog and on twitter, but I thought I’d leave you an “official” comment *smile*)

    Again, I loved the post. Particularly loved the part about practicing play. That resonated so deeply for me as it’s a big part of my spontaneous singing process.

    I was, in fact, inspired to write my own post http://songtaneous.com/blog/practicing-play (and guess who I quoted right up top? *wink*)

    Sarah M. Greer’s last blog post..Practicing Play

    1. Victoria

      Well it looks like the consensus is that “bonus hole” is funny. Awesome.

      Thanks so much for all of your comments!

  6. Teri Leigh

    I actually did think about poking other holes but I had already finished and liked it the way it was. Good for you though. It will be fun to see where this journey takes us all.

  7. Sheila

    hmmmmm…I thought the dotted circles were just examples and I randomly poked an equal amount of holes to those, only once hitting one already printed. Tee Hee! Just goes to show you if you want someone to demonstrate creativity – just give ’em instructions and they’re sure to find ANOTHER way to do a thing.

  8. Jason (@jivaka)

    Bonus hole – I love it. I may still join you guys in the wrecking. Lord knows I need to relearn the playing too. This is too soon for me to already be an old man.

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