Snapshot #146 | 10 Things for 9 February 2020

Personal

Currently…

1. reorganizing… my sewing supplies so I might finally be able to finish something.
2. figuring… out some big-picture stuff.
3. wondering… if I’m going to bother with the Oscars tonight. I’m not excited about them this year (at all), but if I skip them, it’ll be the first time since I was fourteen. (Final—last minute—decision: I’ll be staying up to watch.)
4. drinking… all the hot chocolate. It’s been that kind of winter.
5. trying… not to worry too much. Lucy had to go to the emergency vet clinic. She’s feeling better now, but we both had a very stressful week.
6. troubleshooting… more weird technical issues. Fun!
7. thinking… about my writing routine. I’m almost done the current draft of Violet Lane, and I want to outline the next project—whatever that is going to be—while I let that rest.
8. wishing… that the newer WordPress.com themes had font & colour customizations. (I’m super picky. We’ve established that. I’m this close to going back to the theme I used for the first few years of this version of the blog.)
9. getting… to know a new tarot deck.
10. wanting… to bake something, but I’m not sure what.

Snapshot #136 | 10 Things for 22 September 2019

Admin, Personal

Currently…

1. realizing… that I’ve been procrastinating on some important projects.
2. ordering… so. many. books. (I had loyalty points to redeem, and I spent them well.)
3. having… the worst week. Seriously. Between the 9th and the 13th, everything that could go wrong did.
4. wishing… I knew how Lucy would react to another cat. (I met an adoptable pair of kittens that I’m absolutely smitten with, but I can’t really consider it with that uncertainty.)
5. regrouping… and refocusing. (Which is somehow not connected to #1.)
6. turning… off likes on posts and comments. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and it’s time. (I’m extending the comment window a bit to make up for it, but aside from that the comment policy isn’t changing. And, yes, likes still appear in the WordPress reader—I’d turn them off there too, if I could—but this way it doesn’t benefit the spammers who abuse the feature.)
7. trying… to catch up with my Instagram backlog.
8. solving… the email problem that was giving me stress dreams. (Part of why I had such an awful week… but at least it’s fixed now.)
9. getting… excited for autumn. I’m counting the days ’til I can break out the fingerless gloves and black tights. It’s almost cold enough, but not quite.
10. starting… to suspect I’m finally on the right track with Violet Lane.

Snapshot #131 | 10 Things for 14 July 2019

Personal

Currently…

1. eating… all the strawberries.
2. noticing… that I’ve broken a few bad habits, completely unintentionally. An unexpected benefit of that cold, apparently. (Don’t worry: I’ve still got plenty of bad habits. Glad to be rid of those ones, though.)
3. finishing… the office coffee station. I finally found a tray I like! (This is the kind of thing I get excited about.)
4. tackling… that chore that I’ve been putting off since… last summer. Really. But it’s done and I can move forward with the big photo project, and I’m thrilled! (The bus ride wasn’t quite as tedious as expected, but it was close.)
5. hoping… that the new sunscreen I picked up will solve all my (sunscreen-related) problems.
6. looking… for good baked doughnut recipes. I finally broke down and got a pan, and I can’t wait to try it. Just as soon as the humidity breaks and I’m willing to turn on an oven again.
7. troubleshooting… an annoying computer problem. Not sure if I’ve solved it yet. Fingers crossed.
8. taking… care of the balcony plants. Finally. If they die now, it’s because of the oak trees, not my neglect.
9. cleaning… up the files on the ancient MacBook Pro, in the hopes that maybe it can be repaired and used again for less than the cost of a new laptop. I’m not optimistic, but it’d be nice to have something in between the desktop and tablet. (And, yeah: a lot of computer stuff going on lately.)
10. trying… those ruby cocoa KitKat bars. The chocolate is really interesting—I’d love to see it show up in a form that I can experiment with (chips or plain bars, something). I feel like it’d make a really good ice cream.

Snapshot #101 | 10 Things for 20 May 2018

Personal

Currently…

1. working… on those behind-the-scenes projects I mentioned. I’ll be ready to launch very soon, and I’m so excited to share them with you guys!
2. processing… my post-Infinity War emotions. They’re… complex. (In a good way!)
3. hemming… curtains. The excitement never ends.
4. thinking… about Violet Lane. I’m not ready to give up on it, but it still doesn’t feel like I’m on the right track with it.
5. building… a proper running routine for the summer. Finally!
6. starting… the annual search for a sunscreen I don’t hate. (If you have a suggestion, let me know in the comments! I need something that keeps me ghostly-pale without leaving chalky white stains on all my black clothes.)
7. getting… over myself. At least a little.
8. troubleshooting… weird phone issues.
9. considering… a new design for the site. Which is absurd—I like the current design, it’s functional, and it hasn’t even been a full year since the last redesign—but I’m fickle and easily distracted by shiny things.
10. daydreaming… about homemade ice cream. Soon.

Things are gonna be weird for a little while. Sorry about that.

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I’m moving the site to a new host (more on that in a few days, probably), which means a new design (which is good!) and potential weirdness (which is… not).

I already know that some of the photos haven’t made the trip, and I’m working on fixing that. I know that some of the links are broken, and… well. When I find them, I’ll fix them.

In the meantime, it’s going to be a few days before everything is running smoothly around here. If you stumble onto anything that seems terribly broken, please let me know in the comments! I might know about it, but if I don’t, I want to.

Thanks!

Snapshot #84 | 10 Things for 27 August 2017

Personal

Currently…

1. feeling… productive. I’ve been reviewing my to-do list setup and schedule, and… I think it might be working for me? Maybe? The whole thing’s still a work in progress.
2. making… ice cream. It’s been a few weeks. (This week: Rocky Road House, from the Big Gay Ice Cream cookbook.)
3. researching… web hosts. It’s time to move. Unfortunately, it was a lot easier to navigate this stuff… 14? 15?… years ago when I last had to think about it. This also means that things are going to be a little bit weird around here in the next few weeks… and I’m probably looking at a full redesign, just because.
4. editing… photos. I’ll be ready to share them soon. (Though… probably not until the redesign is finished. Maybe keep an eye on my Instagram.)
5. missing… pink hair. I might have to go back sometime soon.
6. putting… together a list of everything I need to do to get ready for NaNoWriMo. It’s… a lot of stuff.
7. rethinking… my running program. The C25K plan I’ve been following didn’t quite click for me, so it’s time to try a different approach.
8. thinking… of new ideas, and expanding old ones.
9. trying… not to get overwhelmed by all the things I have to do over the next couple of weeks and months.
10. wishing… the neighbour cat didn’t have to move. She’s awesome, and I miss her already.

Snapshot #74 | 10 Things for 9 April 2017

Personal

Currently…

1. fixing… a weird problem with the site. (Basically, if you looked at the site a little more than an hour before this post went live… there was nothing here. At all.) I’ve got the issue itself sorted, but there might still be a few little problems. Trust that I’ll have it cleaned up in a day or so.
2. working… on two different story outlines (one new, one for draft 2 of the NaNoWriMo novel). I’m having way more fun than I expected.
3. having… one of my occasional creative/existential freak-outs. It only lasted two days! This is progress!
4. running… into problems with the tote bag I’ve been making. (This is why I shouldn’t improvise this kind of thing.) The project’s on hold while I sort out the logistics.
5. re-watching… Prison Break. Not the whole thing… just enough to remind myself where we left off before I start watching the new season.
6. finalizing… plans for the huge painting that I’ve kinda-sorta been planning for a few years now. I will get it done within the next few weeks. (… and I’ve already started planning a second painting. So.)
7. doing… a little research. I have plans.
8. looking… for a good casual game for iOS. (Since I started limiting my news & Twitter browsing, I’ve got weird little empty blocks of time that I don’t know what to do with.)
9. playing… with HeroMachine. I suppose it’s technically procrastination, but I have my reasons, and it’s not a complete waste of time.
10. making… deep dish pizza, for the first time in ages. So good!

Sketchbook #15

Personal, Photography, Writing

I had high hopes for August. Realistic hopes—slowly increase my daily word count, update my portfolio and try to get back to work on my 52 Week Photo Project, and try to figure out how to stay out of the creative rut that I’d fallen into earlier in the summer—but they were still kind of optimistic. And they were all going well at the beginning of the month.

And then the computer decided to freak out on me: writing (or at least typing) became extremely difficult, photo editing became impossible, and I suddenly had to spend most of my time first troubleshooting the computer I’d been using for six years, and then transitioning to a brand new machine.

So… August hasn’t exactly been my most creative month. It’s only in the last few days that I’ve been able to get back to any sort of meaningful work, and I’m going to be honest: the unscheduled interruption and all the frustrations that went with it hit me hard. It doesn’t really feel like I’ve accomplished anything at all this month.

But that’s partly why I write these posts: to remind myself of what I have done, even in a month like this one.

First off: photography’s still stalled. I’m not going to try to gloss over that one—like I said, I wasn’t able to edit photos on the old computer (it was a graphics issue) for most of the month, or get around to updating my portfolio. And it took me a while to get the new computer set up the way I like it to do that kind of work. (This would be one of those “frustrations” I mentioned.) And while none of that stopped me from taking photos… I haven’t really done that either. It’s been a bad month, as far as photography goes.

Writing fared a little better, but it still wasn’t great. I could have kept up with the daily free writing, I suppose—I am still capable of writing longhand—but I didn’t. I’ve started again in the last week, though, and it’s going reasonably well. My word count’s about the same as it was, but once I get used to the new keyboard (I didn’t think I’d have to get used to the new keyboard, but apparently I do), I should be back on track.

More importantly, I’ve made some real progress on my NaNoWriMo outline. I mean, I’ve pretty much had to put all the work I’ve already done out of my mind and focus on the actual story, rather than the backstory, but other than that…. I’ve figured out a few characters that have been giving me trouble, and I’m slowly starting to make sense of the plot. I’m annoyed at the time I lost this month, I’m still nervous that I’m not going to have enough to go on once November rolls around, and I’m still struggling to find a way to outline this story that doesn’t suck all the energy out of it, but… it hasn’t been a total loss.

“What about drawing?” you ask. “That doesn’t rely on a computer.” No, it doesn’t. But my heart hasn’t really been in it, either. Yes, I’ve managed to keep up with it, but I’m pretty much just going through the motions right now. Again: it’s been a month of frustrations.

So what’s next?

The good news is, I’ve just about got all the computer issues sorted. That’s not standing in my way anymore, and I can’t use it as an excuse. And it has been an excuse. While it’s been a genuine struggle lately to do the work that I need and want to be doing, that’s as much—more—about me as it is the technical issues I’ve had to deal with. But I’m slowly figuring out what motivates me to make things, and how to remember that when things get difficult. I’m not where I want to be—I’m not even where I was at the beginning of August—but I’m ready to get back to work.

I’ve also got the advantage of having a plan in place. At the beginning of the month, before everything started to go downhill, I sat down and made a list of the things I want to (and should be able to) get done by the end of the year. And I might be a little bit behind schedule, but it’s still a good plan. I’m still committed to getting through NaNoWriMo. I’m still committed to finishing my 52-Week photo project.

So, that’s my hope for September: to get back on track. I’ve still got plenty of time to work on my NaNoWriMo outline (I’ll just keep telling myself that). I should be able to clear the photography backlog (or at the very least, I should be able to work on clearing the photography backlog). I can take those lessons I’ve been learning about motivating myself, and put them into practice. And I can start figuring out how this new computer is going to affect my routine and workflow, and (I hope) use it as a fresh start. (And we all know how I love those.)

I won’t say that September is going to be a good month. I’m still feeling too gunshy for that. But it’s probably going to be better than August, and that’s good enough.

A note on the 2016 Weekly Photo Project 

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So, I know that I haven’t been keeping up with the “weekly” part of the project. That’s mostly just me being lazy and unmotivated, and I apologize.

I do plan to get back on track with the project within the next week or so, but it might be a while before I get back to posting the photos. Over the last few days, my computer has developed a weird graphics glitch, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that, whatever it is, it’s beyond my ability to diagnose and fix. Since a graphics issue makes it really difficult to edit photos (or edit them well, at least), that part is going to have to wait until I get the computer problem sorted. (I’m hoping that it’s an easy and inexpensive fix, but I have a feeling that I might be looking at a new machine sooner than I’d planned.)

In the meantime, non-photo project posts will continue as usual (I hope), and I’ll still be on Instagram and Twitter (though I’ll be sticking with iPhone photos for now).

[UPDATE (19 August 2016): The new machine has arrived, and I’ve (mostly) finished setting things up the way I want them. But I’m not quite there yet, so it’s still going to be a few days before everything’s back on track. Soon!]

Snapshot #56 | 10 Things for 1 August 2016

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Getting to this a day late, but whatever.

Currently…

1. troubleshooting… the computer. Every week, it seems like it develops a new and mysterious problem. (The computer isn’t exactly new, so this sort of thing is to be expected—sort of—but it’s still annoying.)
2. feeling… determined. Those plans I’ve been making? It’s time to start following through.
3. hating… the humidity.
4. thinking… about my NaNoWriMo story. I’m 100% clear on the first act… it’s everything else that’s giving me trouble.
5. wondering… why I insist on making bread in this heat.
6. making… sorbet. That makes a little more sense.
7. watching… more movies. I fell out of the habit a while ago, and it’s good to get back to it.
8. doing… something about my hair. Finally. New colour last week, and I’ll be cutting it short this week. I can’t wait.
9. buying… new Converse. ♥
10. trying… to take more photos. It’s still a struggle.