I gave myself a little time to play today. I've been busy with a mega huge project that consumed my weekend and beginning of the week, and last week was fraught with hospitals and a reactive FMS flair-up. I'm rockin' this week without any of my pain medication, which has been full of random, crying breakdowns, a lot of self-love, and coping techniques. Oh, and amazing friends! Now, which one of you wants to help me with meals...and do any of you deliver?
As some of you know, I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month this month, in my 10th year! I decided to write my entire 50,000 word novel on my new-vintage Facit typewriter (it's older than my mother!). Yesterday marks the halfway point, and I am so excited to say I'm still going strong! It may sound hard to write 1,667 words every single day, but I find it clears my head, and allows me to sink into another world. Last night, I did 8 pages! Today, I took my machine in to be looked at, stuck keys adjusted, and to learn how the tabs work and see the inner workings. I have to say, they continue to fascinate me, and the local shop has so many kinds, I can stay there for hours just talking typewriter mechanics!
If anyone wants to read a non-plotted or outlined, completely off the cuff, slightly sci-fi novel, well, I have it all scanned, up to page 61!
I have been dying to play with my new Catalyst Tools (thank you!) since they arrived in a color-filled box. They are fantastic for playing with on your gel plate, making the awesomest patterns! I plan on some more play tonight, and layering up paper for little journaling kits & embellishments I plan to stick on Etsy for the holidays.
The Catalyst Tools are just so colorful, intuitive, and ergonomic! They sit in your hand well, and I'm just having fun! I did a little painting with them today, with some modeling paste and texture gel, over an old canvas.
When I was in Florida, one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring things of my life - and simple. We visited the ocean at the end of the day, just before sunset, when the water was so cold, my lips turned a bit blue. As we warmed up on the beach, I witnessed birds skirting across the sea, so close, they could almost touch it. Watching them as the sun went down was amazing, and I found myself saying, "I wish I could take pictures with my mind and print them out," before I realized that's why I paint!
Created with the Catalyst Tools, layers, acrylics, and crayons. I was just playing - it was fun to have pure play! And I love it...it says to me what I wanted to express.
But what has made me happiest? Being driven to paint on a canvas again. Rather, Birch! I haven't done a large painting in awhile, even though I dream of doing so every night. Other things take my time, such as creating things for the 'net, putting together classes, admining orders, etc! But I've decided THIS weekend is for painting! I'll be transferring the antlers girl from my journal to the wood, and see what comes through. Expect lots of texture!
(Of course, I'll be doing that AFTER I edit a tutorial video for Journaling Deep. My brain literally hurt after three 12 hour days editing, so I really needed to rest it before I got a migraine!)
And one last little thing - if you notice, the comments are disabled. I had a long discussion about this with friends, expressing my curiosity as to why my comments have dropped overall...and I think I need to remember WHY I blog, so I'm turning them off for a little bit. But you can always hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or send me an email! I love hearing from you, as I'm thinking my word for 2013 will be connection!
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