Snapshot | 10 Things for 20 July 2014


Shades of White


1. exploring…
2. writing… outlines, for two different projects. (Or maybe three…. Definitely three.)
3. loving… the sun. It’s been a gloomy, rainy week.
4. hating… the humidity.
5. filling… notebooks.
6. thinking… about finding a new workout. The current one’s great, but I’m starting to get bored.
7. cleaning… the computer. Files, bookmarks, Evernote notebooks, music, everything. It needs to be done.
8. finding… inspiration.
9. hoping… that the new basil plant survives. (The first attempt at growing it this year failed, and I don’t know whether it was a problem with the transplants, or if basil just doesn’t like this particular balcony. Everything else is thriving.)
10. feeling… determined.

Scherzo di Follia (Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione), by Pierre-Louis Pierson | Inspired

Inspiration + Obsessions

Scherzo di Follia by Pierre-Louis Pierson

Around 1856, Virginia Oldoini, the Countess of Castiglione and mistress to Napoleon III (and ‘secret agent’), began working with the photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson. Over the next several decades, the two produced over 700 photographs—taken by Pierson, but better classified as self-portraits by the Countess. She obsessively directed each detail of the photographs, from angle and lighting to final approval on the prints.

Scherzo di Follia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art |

The Resistance

Inspiration + Obsessions, Writing

Last night, just before I fell asleep, I had a burst of inspiration. I knew, suddenly, how to make the writing project I’ve been sorta-kinda thinking about work. I grabbed my phone, made some quick notes, and hoped that they weren’t going to be the sort of notes that make perfect sense when you’re half-asleep, but turn into gibberish in the morning. (They weren’t. The idea is still good.)

This morning, I spent my entire workout planning a complex multimedia (text/photography/maybe some video) project, thinking about logistics and content and timeframes. I even started drafting bits of it out in my head. The workout went by in a flash.

For the last week, I’ve been toying with a really good idea for a new semi-regular feature here at the blog. I know what I want to write about for the first two columns, I just have to figure out exactly how I want to do it.

So it’s not like I have a shortage of things I could be working on.

But instead, I’m watching the trailer for the new series of Doctor Who (again). I’m trying to decide what colour rain boots I should buy (I’m torn, as always, between whimsy and versatility). I’m thinking about what to have for supper tomorrow.

It’s tempting to blame it on taking some time off, and the disruption it caused to my routine. And if I’d had more time to think about it, I probably wouldn’t have chosen that particular week to take off, precisely for that reason. It wasn’t a good time for a break. But the real problem is, all of these projects, exciting as they are, scare me to death. They’re just far enough out of my comfort zone—a step or two beyond what I know I can do—that the idea of starting them, and not having them reach their potential, freaks me out. (Even the blog series, which is pretty straightforward. There’s still a small part of me that wonders whether I can pull it off as well as I hope.)

I know how pointless that sort of worry is. I know that perfectionism is a trap. I know that the projects won’t turn out exactly the way I want them to, and that that’s a good thing. I know that everyone goes through this. And I know that I won’t stop worrying about any of this, and it doesn’t matter, I have to push forward and trust that it’ll work.

I just need to remind myself of that sometimes.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

Snapshot 3 | 10 Things for July 6 2014


30 June 2014


1. getting… back to work. It’s fantastic.
2. eating… homemade cherry sorbet. Lovely.
3. planning… the next few months.
4. waiting… out the storm. (Which has probably passed by the time you’re reading this, but I’m scheduling this post just in case we lose power.)
5. remembering… that I really prefer spring and autumn to summer.
6. reading… too many slightly-embarrassing novels.
7. thinking… about paint colours, still.
8. trying… to put together a photoshoot that shouldn’t be so difficult.
9. making… up my mind.
10. wondering… when series two of Utopia is going to air in Canada.

I’m back!


Taylor Head, NS

Sorry about the delay; I didn’t intend to put things on hold for so long (especially as I still haven’t really established the routine around here yet). But my vacation plans couldn’t be changed, and as it turned out, there were a few days in there where I wasn’t just away from the computer, but I couldn’t even find a cell phone or Wifi signal. That said, I got a tonne of stuff done. It was a good week.

I probably could have managed to drop in and say ‘hi’ yesterday, but it was one of those days where heat and humidity and boredom conspired and I really couldn’t focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. (That’s what I get for wondering when it’ll start to feel like summer, I guess.)

Anyway, yeah: I’m back. I’m going to spend the rest of this week tackling my inbox, and then everything will be back to normal. Better than normal, if things go the way I’m hoping. I can’t wait.