I’m all for rituals, so I decided I’d begin my next big writing project with one. I bought a papier mache daruma doll and colored in one eye, as per custom. Often, Japanese politicians color in an eye of a daruma as they embark on a campaign and then color in the other eye after they’ve won the election. I’m going to color in the other eye after I’ve finished the novel that I’ve just begun to write. (It may be a long, long, time, but I look forward to that day.) In the meantime, I’ve thought of some other little things I can do to mark my progress, such as bottle of champagne after every 5,000 words. It’ll have to be the cheap kind, though. My daughter likes the daruma and signed that she wants one, too. “What will your goal be?” I asked her. “To work hard at math?” “No,” she signed. She’s going to write a book, too.


6 thoughts on “Daruma

  1. Sounds great as long as you keep it to the daruma and don’t start emulating the politicians by driving down the streets with the sirens blaring out your name over and over again!

  2. Suzanne, what a wonderful post! I didn’t know about this coloring-in-the-eye tradition. And how great that your daughter’s goal is to write a book. Wonderful!!

    I want one too now.

  3. Don’t worry Jean. I’ve always said that if I could vote, I’d choose the candidate who created the least amount of noise pollution.

  4. Hi! I have been enjoying your blog from Saitama, Japan. I just thought it is so cool your daughter wants to do what you seem to love doing – writing! I hope my little girl (who just ripped the fusuma up) will want to do something that I love in the future.
    Kim Ichikawa

  5. I’m all about the rewards! And treats, too! Why not, afterall? It makes life so much more fun.

    Good luck on the new book…I’m sure it will be amazing!

  6. Rewards indeed, absolutely. But maybe every 3,000 words? 5,000 words is a long time to wait for champagne. (Or maybe you write much faster than I do…)

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