Quote of the Moment

"It's never wrong to hope, Byx," said my mother. "Unless the truth says otherwise."
- from Endling #1: The Last, by Katherine Applegate

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flying Dust

Due in no small part to our rodent issues, I've been on a cleaning kick lately. This weekend, I finally tackled my room. How long has it been since it had a good gutting? Well, let's put it this way. When I first got the cats, I had to throw everything on high shelves as fast as possible... and 99% of those items hadn't been touched since. That was over a decade ago.

So far, I've removed a trash can's worth of raw junk, two bins worth of recycling, and nearly three garbage bags' worth of items for donation and/or Half Price Books. And I still haven't hit the closet... that'll be at least a bag's worth of stuff to go, as well.

I've found many things I forgot I ever had. I found things I can't for the life of me remember why I bought. And I found books that must have been snuck in by the clutter gnomes, because I know I never spent money on them. I also found old sketchbooks and art projects, not to mention fragmentary notes and sketches for many of my old stories. For now, at least, I'm hanging on to those; flawed as they were, they were still things I created, and I just can't bring myself to turn my back on my own imaginary worlds, even if I've forgotten almost everything I knew about them. (Just for the heck of it, I should try revisiting them sometime...)

Even though I'm not done, and even though I'm probably holding onto more things than I ought to, I'm already feeling the lightness of shedding unneeded crud from my life. It's a good feeling. Almost makes me wish I had the gumption to clean more often.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some manner of success...

Well, I'm over half a month behind my self-imposed deadline, but I just printed out the test copy of this year's Camp Coyote logo. Hopefully, that'll be it for that...

Speaking of artistic successes, my Snow Leopard drum sold. I'm down to one drum in the store. Really wish I could paint up more, but we're experiencing rodent issues in the basement, so my workbench is under protective covering until we get a handle on that... hopefully, some day soon... (Oh, how I long for a separate work shed...)

Anyway, just thought I'd post an "I'm not dead, I'm busy" entry on the ol' blog before returning to the pile of Stuff That Needs Doing.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

For anyone who reads fantasy...

This cartoon is all too accurate.

(No, I really don't have anything else to report with this post, except a vague sense of disbelief that it's already May 1. I've been on a reading/writing binge lately, which precludes interesting external activities.)