Soul Cards by Deborah Koff-Chapman is a tarot deck I stumbled on during a writing retreat in Oregon. The deck was laid out face-down and writers were asked to randomly pick a card. I selected the sun-looking image above and thought, "Boy, the sun looks tired." In subsequent days, I couldn't shake off the image, so I wrote a poem about an exhausted 4.6 billion-year-old sun that can't take a "day off."

The images are surreal, terrifying, hopeful, and a mix of other extreme emotions. I bought a deck for myself to serve as writing prompts. I feel that some of this artwork is inspired by my nightmares, while others images offer solace. Regardless, I going to write a poem per card and see if there is anything usable.

Deborah Koff-Chapin uses a process she calls Touch Drawing, which looks incredibly intimate and introspective. Watch her talk about her process in the video below, where she also explains how Soul Deck came to be.

Video: Trusting the Impulse Within

My Austin Kleon Challenge is done! It's a bit unsettling how quickly 29 days pass, but I managed to walk at least 30 minutes everyday for an entire month.

While my original intention was to learn to step away (pun intended) from my computer and just go for a walk, the surprise takeaway is how swiftly an entire month passes. This puts other goals into perspective, especially creative goals that intimidate me because of their massive scope. But seeing how the days stack up in a blink, I'm reminded of this beautiful quote from writer Annie Dillard.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Alrighty, then. Let's get on it, shall we? One day at a time.

BONUS: My reward for completing the 29-Day Challenge was buying vinyl records, and I managed to find 50-year-old pressings of two Beatles albums!!! Here Comes the Sun....

I'm halfway through a month of no social media. I deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my devices. I've done this before with tremendous success.


I'm getting sucked too far deep into the Nothingness of the internet. Recently, social media isn't adding value to my artwork or to my overall wellness, so I set a boundary for 30 days: no posting, no notifications, no scrolling. And what a relief!

Jason Zook did a similar feat and documented every day of his journey. It's an enlightening read and I'm facing the same quandary he faced on Day 21:

As of right now, I’m 98% certain I won’t put the FB or Twitter apps back on my phone again. I don’t want to feel tied to them or get back into old habits.

I love getting up, drinking coffee, reading, writing, etc, without the distraction of social media drama. During lunch, I take long walks across Seattle. In the evening, I'm actually present when I watch a new movie or TV show, as opposed to watching with partial attention while on my phone. And before bedtime, I leave my phone and iPad in a different room to avoid temptation; falling asleep happens in less than 5 minutes now.

Again, I've done this before and I think there'll be more "breaks" in the future so I can explore other opportunities in our universe.

D.A. Navoti

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D.A. NAVOTI (@da.navoti) is a creative nonfiction and poetic prose storyteller. He's a 2020 Seattle CityArtist recipient and a former fellow at Hugo House and Jackstraw Cultural Center. Read More... 

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