1. having… one of those weeks when it feels like I own way too much stuff.
2. wishing… Parker made gel ink refills smaller than .7mm. I love the pen, and love the ink, but it takes up so much space on the page—I just want a finer line. (Yes. This is really bothering me.)
3. trying… to find a place where my pilea gets enough sunlight, but where the cat won’t destroy it.
4. writing… the synopsis for The Black Sun. I’ll still want to perfect it a bit, but… it’s good. Another step closer.
5. troubleshooting… a really annoying email issue. (If anyone’s trying to get in touch with me right now—or has tried recently and hasn’t gotten a response, since apparently this isn’t a new problem, I’m just discovering it now—I’m sorry. I’m trying to fix it. If it’s important, try the contact form.)
6. settling… into a good productivity system. I think. Still fine-tuning it.
7. thinking… about turning ‘likes’ off on the blog. It’s not that I’m against them, really, but too many spammers abuse the feature, and I don’t know that it’s worth it. Any thoughts?
8. hoping… they finish resurfacing my street soon.
9. making… bread for the first time in ages. I finally had a weekend when I could stand the thought of turning on the oven.
10. starting… the new draft of Violet Lane. This is going to be fun.
I’m finally starting to break out of the all-flowers-all-the-time photography rut! And I’m a little bit in love with a couple of these photos.
Pretty good, considering I was stuck inside for a few of these days, and I relied on my phone for a few more.
1. trying… a new notebook setup.
2. making… an actual plan to try some of the (literal) hundreds of recipes I’ve got saved.
3. catching… another summer cold. I am having the worst luck with that this year.
4. worrying… that I’m about to become one of those insufferable Instagram ‘plant parents.’
5. going… back to the drawing board with Violet Lane.
6. missing… the merlins. They didn’t come back this year, which is sad—I loved watching them—but it does mean that the juncos have been hanging around more. They’re fun, too.
7. watching… some fantastically inspiring movies.
8. buying… a raincoat. I’ve needed a new one—or any water-resistant jacket with a hood, really—for years, but it’s taken me this long to find one I don’t hate.
9. seeing… a few connections I was missing before.
10. waiting… for a couple of very cool deliveries. (And they—mostly—arrived on time!)
So, after a very good batch of photos, the last ten days have been… pretty average. There’s one or two that I’m very happy with, and a couple that I’m very much not happy with.
But that’s part of the exercise: learning to be ok with the not-great days, and moving on regardless.
I wasn’t feeling even remotely inspired at the beginning of the week. Can you tell? (You can probably tell.)
But things balanced out, as they always seem to do, and by the time Saturday rolled around, I didn’t feel like the week was a total loss. (I do still think I should have started doing these recap posts every month, instead of every week. It seems like talking about this stuff is harder—and more repetitive—than taking the actual pictures.)
That said: when I posted Friday’s picture on Instagram, I said that I really need to use my other cameras more often. And I do. I need to use the Lomo’Instant more often, I need to use my DSLR more often, and… well, the film cameras aren’t practical for this particular project (at least, not the way I’m approaching it), but I should dig them out and play with them again sometime soon. I don’t know exactly how I want to approach things (I’ve been thinking about doing an all-Instax week, or even just making sure that one photo every week is an Instax print), but I really need to stop relying on my phone so much.