NaPoWriMo – Already?

March feels like the never-ending month/year with everything going on. Last week, I realized it was almost time for NaPoWriMo and signed up. Maybe a smart move, maybe a stupid move. Only April can tell.

Hard to believe tomorrow is April 1st. Part of me is glad to finally be done with March yet the worst of what March as wrought has yet to materialize.

I suppose NaPoWriMo, this year, will be a means of escaping the horrors of the day to day as I continue to stay at home with my high risk factors and “quirky” immune system.

As I type this, I come to harsh realization that I’ve neglected this blog since the start of the year. Unfortunately, the year did not start out well for me (and for many others given their posts to social media & blogs) so it led to many things being put on the “back burner” as I focused on the necessities of day to day functions.

Finally, finally, starting to feel more functional and human so back to the things I want to do in additional to those that I have to do despite the ‘have to do’ list being longer nowadays.

To everyone: please be smart, be safe, be healthy, and stay home if you can. If you are worker in an essential field, thank you for your service.

2020

A new year and, typically, resolutions to be made….then discarded in a fiery blaze a short time later.

2019 was an unusual year but I learned a lot during it.

I, finally, learned that I am too ambitious with my plans. The plans only work when there is a regimented schedule and calm all the time. My life is never like that no matter how hard I try to be scheduled and “productive”. My life type versus the plans ends with me feeling guilty and disillusioned because I cannot fulfill the plans as I desired. Eventually, I become apathetic about the things I want to accomplish – even when time allows for the things to be done – and they don’t get done.

Some of the physical results of my over-ambition were scaled back/down during 2019. This scaling back/down brought about good things into my life for which I am grateful. These good things are what helped me realize my error in planning.

I also learned that talking about certain goals, resolutions, desires, and tasks are a great way NOT to get them to come into being. Talking about them are actually a fantastic way to get them ripped to shreds by others that do not have the best of intentions even when they claim they want nothing but the best for someone. No one wants or needs that kind of toxicity in their lives.

Both these lessons, in a way, sort of sabotaged my blog & social media presence later on in 2019, along with just being busy, as I struggled to find balance with the lessons within what means to be outwardly productive.

Always learning, always growing. 2020 will be no different in that regard.

Happy Friday the 13th!

It is Friday the 13th of December! [Where has 2019 gone?].

Aside from being a glorious day of the 13th number under the joy of a Friday, it is also the last day to order a gift for someone (or for yourself!) in order to get it before the 25th within the USA.

poetrybooks

At sablequillcreations.com, there are several of my autographed poetry books, art, and other delightfully dark & enchanted items. And at patchworkchickenstudio.com, there are drawstring bags, art, and assorted handcrafted housewares. All items include Free Shipping in the USA.

Thank you for support artists and their small businesses during this holiday season!

Halfway through NaNoWriMo 2019

Oh how I wish things wouldn’t fall through the cracks but they do. This poor blog (and social media) are hiding in the dark crevasses of my mind and my to-do list each day. I don’t mean for it to be this way and yet…

I get so busy and/or distracted that I forget all of this is here for awhile. I frequently tell myself and this blog that I will be better about posting. It remains true for a few weeks then back into darkness with the occasional glimmer of hopeful light.

NaNoWriMo this year is WEIRD for me. While I make word count each day, I feel as if I have written nothing of any kind of substance for my poetry books. It is disappointing but I forge ahead. Putting words, any words, to paper just to say I did while maintaining the faintest wish for something useful.

Things with Patchwork Chicken Studio are going well even though I’ve ended up making more drawstring bags/backpacks after I promised myself I wouldn’t after August where I made 37 bags in less than a month. Glutton for punishment I guess but it was out of need for some additional variety after sales at a few shows. I also have a small pile of fabric waiting for the post-show season to become bags too but shhhhh, not suppose to know about that.

Word count for today is done. Would kinda like to curl up for a nap now but alas, no. There are time-critical things demanding my time and attention today. I had to force writing time into my schedule by going to the local coffee shop so I would not get distracted by all the other things waiting for me at home.

Mosaic Monday – Scorpio

Scorpio: Water, Deep Red, and Steel

It is Scorpio season!

Scorpio is the 8th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between October 23rd and November 22nd are Scorpios. Scorpio is represented by the element of Water; the colors of Deep Red and Black; gemstones of Onyx, Jet, and Opal; the metal of Steel.

Scorpios are loyal, passionate, resourceful, observant, intense, ambitious, persistent, determined, and dynamic but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are jealous, obsessive, suspicious, possessive, manipulative, and unyielding. Scorpios are fiercely independent and moody deep thinkers which gives them an air of mystery. They are able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and they won’t give up. They are perfectly suited to being on their own which they prefer so they can have absolute control of everything.

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Mosaic Monday – Libra

Libra: Air, Indigo Blue, Rose, and Quicksilver

It is Libra season!

Libra is the 7th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between September 23rd and October 22nd are Libras. Libra is represented by the element of Air; the colors of Indigo, Ivory, and Rose; gemstones of Green Aventurine, Opal, Agate; the metal of Quicksilver.

Libras are charming, diplomatic, energetic, stylish, and balanced but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are indecisive, lazy, strict, vain, and apathetic. Libras are very extroverted and enjoy culture, communication, and beautiful things. Libras are hard workers who want the best for all especially if achieving that outcome utilizes their dedication, decision-making, and creative strength.

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Mosaic Monday – Virgo

Virgo: Navy Blue, Earth, and Quicksilver

It is Virgo season!

Virgo is the 6th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd are Virgos. Virgo is represented by the element of Earth; the colors of Navy/Sapphire Blue and Earth tones; gemstones of Sapphire, Sardonyx, and Agate; the metals of Silver and Quicksilver.

Virgos are dedicated, resourceful, helpful, hardworking, witty, practical, intelligent, curious, and introverted but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are overwhelmed, self-pitying, uptight, critical, and moody. Virgos are deep thinkers with rich inner lives and a passion for life-long learning. They love and are inspired by beauty in all its forms. Ideal hobbies and activities are ones where Virgos can work alone on tasks that bring knowledge and/or beauty into their lives.