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Back to Where We Left Off

The definition of an addiction is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.  Clearly I am not addicted to blogging because I haven’t  done any in over a year.  But I am back for more and still hoping for better results.

I could come up with a ton of excuses as to why I haven’t written in over a year but the truth is:  I just didn’t.

I puzzled over this as I collapsed on the sofa with junk  comfort food every evening.  Why?  I kept asking myself.  Can I not get somethings made for my Etsy store, or do some writing, or at least sweep up the cat hair?  Well, it turns out, that I just didn’t because, duh,  for most of last year I had a 2nd job and from time to time a 3rd.  I finally clued in that this was the source of my lackadaisical attitude toward my non work life in May.   Just in time to head to California and work just as hard on 1 job.

I do rather have an addiction to costume shops.  It doesn’t seem to be curable.

To pick up where we left off:  When last we heard from our heroine, there was still a scorpion loose in my apartment.  To continue this story we must travel back to August of 2011.

I returned home after my usual summer.  My flight got in late and by the time I got home it was almost midnight.  I took a little time to decompress with a cup of herb tea and the more interesting bits in the stack of mail.  I was feeling a bit blurry around the edges and thinking I should get my nightie and other necessities out of my bag when I glanced over at the living room wall.

There it was, in plain sight, boldly flaunting itself, on the wall.  It looked just the same as it had back in April when it crawled out of the coffee jar.  So much for a 3 month life expectancy.

This time though, it was within reach.  I grabbed a glass from the kitchen and a paper towel.  I put the glass over the scorpion, slid the towel between the glass and the wall.  The beastie went crazy under the glass.  It was moving so fast it was a faint orange blur – no wonder it had disappeared so quickly after the  first sighting.

I took it outside and shook the glass into the yard, hoping it wouldn’t decide to run up my arm instead.  I don’t know where it is but I hope it’s very happy in the great outdoors and doesn’t ever plan to visit my house for old time sake.

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I have been given to understand that having established an Etsy store, I need to promote it by starting a blog devoted to my creative process.  Really?  My creative process?  In my case that mostly involves trying to use up all the bits and pieces of stuff I have accumulated over the years in some  form that someone else might want to use or find beautiful. I’m doing this because it is about time for me to recoup my original investment in all the fabric, beads, lace, odd bits, and junk I’ve collected.  I’d like to do that  before someone else has to clean it up and clear it out.  It’s recycling for profit.  I think I just said everything I need to say about it so how is there enough content to support a blog?

I am also supposed to  start a Facebook Fan page so I can keep everyone updated on what’s new in the store and really, I should be Tweeting everyday to promote myself as the best thing since sliced bread.

I am also supposed to be doing all this to promote my writing career too.  Publishing excerpts from my stories or writing a few just for the blog/fan page, promoting myself as an AUTHOR, generating a buzz so that when I do find an agent, get published, or publish myself on the internet, I will already have a following- of people who have never read more than a smattering of my work.  What’s more,  if I do all that, when will I write, query agents, edit manuscripts and the other business of writing?  Social media might smooth the path but it isn’t going to do the work.

I can barely keep up with this blog and I am supposed to start 2 more?  Plus 2 Facebook pages, etc, etc. I know there are people out there who manage to do this but I don’t believe I could be one of them.  Especially since I can’t  figure out how to get pictures from my store to show up in the sidebar of this blog.

I am also, unfortunately, clueless as to how one blog, page, idea, person gets noticed over the sea of blogs, pages, ideas, and people out there.  Doesn’t make me a good candidate to become the next big thing sweeping the internet, now does it?

Recently the big idea sweeping the internet was the end of the world  supposedly scheduled for May 21.  It came and went and we are all still here.

I am not to sure about that myself.  I may have been swept into a an afterlife or maybe a alternate reality because  I am doing something I never thought I would do.  I am knitting socks.

Lorna’s Laces, Shepherd Sock Multi, color:  Gold Hill.  The pattern is Dead Simple Lace socks from Socks from the Toe Up.  I used a Turkish cast on because I wanted to eliminate a seam at the toe which is the worst thing about manufactured socks.  It took me something like 15 tries before I felt like I could live with the result.  But then I discovered a few rows in that I had done something weird though and it twists oddly.  None of my knitter friends can figure out exactly what I did.   Since my toes are a little pointy it fits my foot fine so I am not restarting to fix it.  If I can reproduce it (fat chance) for the other sock I may have invented a new pointy toe cast on.

Summer is here even if the calendar says not yet.  It is sweltering outside.  I have turned the air conditioning on- the brain numbing heat was too much for my frugal instincts.  The peaches are here too.

Can the fireflies be far behind?

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I didn’t blog at all in December.  In spite of that, WordPress emailed me congratulations for doing well at keeping up with my blog.  It had a chart and everything to show that I was above average in my number of posts for the year- 79 which is more than 1 a week but hardly impressive.

I guess this means that blogging is no longer fashionable.  Which means that those of us who really just want to write won’t get lost in the vast sea of posts about baby Bobbie’s new tooth, Junior’s soccer score, and having to wait in line for a latte.  That’s the good news.

The bad is that there are also fewer people reading blogs and I don’t blame them.  We have been so overwhelmed by the volume of information available about everything from Betsy’s broken fingernail (OMG Crisis!) to what really happened to the dinosaurs that retreating seems like the only sane thing to do.

I realized the other day that I would write even if there was no chance I’d ever be published.  I do need an audience though.  I need to believe that someone wants to read what I’m writing.

So if you are reading this:  Congratulations!  You have helped make my blog a success.

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Yes, this is my actual blog.  In case you were wondering.  It could be virtual I suppose but I don’t really deal with the virtual world much.  Unlike some apparently.  Which must be why the owners of this place in Berkeley thought they had to make it really clear.  “not just another wifi hotspot”

The highlight so far of my first week was a day trip  Berkeley in search of fabric and other supplies which included a lovely lunch in the sunny garden behind La Note on Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley looks a little different than it did when I lived there but many things stay the same after all:

My housing this year has none of the charm of my apartment from last year , nor does it have the swanky amenities of the year before.  It is adequate  but dull.  The internet works- my pictures load faster but web pages are slower than at home.  There are kitchen items but just the bare minimum.  I borrowed a pillow from someone in the shop because the giant king sized ones on my bed are worn out and lumpy.  The most amusing thing about it is that the tiny dishwasher has a sign posted on it that says to conserve water please don’t run the washer unless there are 10 items in it.  I counted 1 plate, 2 cereal bowls, 2 plastic mixing bowls, 2 pots, and a collander.  There are not 10 items that could need washing and if there were they wouldn’t all fit in the washer.

I have the entire weekend off before the madness starts on Monday (1st fitting, 8:50 am).  I’m probably going to sleep the entire time as I caught some horrid coughing, running nose, sore throat thing.  I’m blaming the airlines.

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I’m in dress rehearsals this week for the opera and unless I feel so moved to write that I am willing to significantly decrease my window of opportunity to sleep- I won’t be spending much time here.

I made a valiant effort but so far motivation, a sufficiency of time, and a functioning internet connection have just not been present in the same place at the same time.  The ducks just aren’t  lining up- in fact- they’re running off in different directions while I run after trying to put them in a box with no lid.

I wanted to share a couple of wonderful events-

First- last summer I worked on a project for American Experience on Native Americans called  We Shall Remain. I’m very proud of the work I did on it and it’s a beautifully done series.  You can read about my experiences here and here. It airs on PBS, in most places on Monday.  (My local station shows it on Thursday) My episode will air the week of April 27.

Second- I just saw The Audition which is a documentary about the 2007 Young Artists Auditions at the Metropolitan Opera.  Ryan Smith, who died last November and was a beloved member of the Atlanta Opera family, was one of the finalists.  All of the singers are incredible and the suspense and tension of the film will hold your attention even if you don’t care about opera and already know the outcome like I did.  It’s American Idol with class.

I have to post a couple of pictures just because I spent too much time this weekend trying to get them to load.  !@#$%^ computer, !@#$%^ no wireless, !@#$%^ dial up

 

Looks like spring, don’t it?  It’s deceptive.  It snowed the day these were taken. Right now, it’s hailing.  Mother Nature, I think,  must be behind my ducks getting out of line.

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Ok, time to blog.  I can do this.

And just what makes you think that?

Well, I usually can do this.  I just need some uninterrupted computer time.

And that’s going to happen when?

Oh look!  Someone has posted a clever knitting quiz on her blog.  What fun!  I  can post a link to it- that won’t take very long.  It will be a short post but I’ll make up for it later in the week.

Later?  There’s already too many things to make up for later.

Well, I finished my scarf.  I could blog about that too.  I just need to take a picture  of it.

Then while I’ve got the camera out… I’ve been meaning to get some pictures of the trees in bloom… a follow up to all the pictures of trees I posted last fall.  I could get a couple of shots while I’m taking my evening walk…

Evening?  That’s, like, you know,  when it gets dark.  Too dark for pictures.

Well… maybe I could leave work a little early?

 Yeah?  How’s that workin for ya?   Like there’s nothing to do there?   You’re in production, get real.

And how about your granddaughter’s birthday gift- weren’t you going to stay late to finish it?

I know, I know, but I’ve been sewing all week and I just can’t sit at the machine another minute.  Gimme a break, OK.

Oh, hey…..   It’s cold again.  Wow… it’s like snowing out there.  I can wear my scarf!  I thought I’d have to just put it away til next fall.  I can blog about that!

Oh yeah?  What about the pictures?

Oh yeah, pictures…. go out, take pictures…  in the wind….  in the cold…  OH NOOOO…. the cold will kill the blossoms and the wind will blow them away!  Go now, pictures now!  Run.

Wait… hat, gloves, coat, scarf, camera…  Run.  Find tree in full bloom.  Frame shot.  Hit button.  Wait…

Camera:   replace batteries.

Why isn’t this working?  Hit button.  Wait… Why is the screen dark?  

Camera: replace batteries.

!@#$%

I told you to get more.  I told you to always have back ups handy.  Did you listen?

Alright then.  I will just post the link to the knitting quiz.  I will post again later.  When I have time.  When there are pictures.  Whenever.

Hit publish.  Walk away.  Let it go.

Give up.  It’s a no go. The link doesn’t work.

What?  The link doesn’t work?   That just can’t be right.  It was fine when I posted it?  !@#$%  What happened?  !@#$%  I will get this right.  I will, I will, I will…

!@#$%^&*!@#$%^&*

Fat chance.  It’s not you, hon, it’s the link.  Haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time.


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I believe I’m obsessed though…. or maybe posessed?

Go here, take this test.  See for yourself.   I scored 61%.  Mostly I think, because I don’t knit socks and carry them everywhere.   Clearly I can quit at any time but why would I want to?

Can’t really  quit blogging either only right now life keeps getting in the way and preventing it. 

I’ll be back….

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