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Creativity 2017

So, much of 2016 was terrible. I won't go into why, you either agree with me or you think the chicago cubs are more important than america. So much death and heartbreak, and my response has been to drink way too much, eat garbage, and scroll down my tumblr page with a dead look in my eyes. In an effort to become a healthy productive member of the Resistance, I am making this post to remind myself that creativity is the animating force of humanity, and that making an effort to be creative--even if that output is terrible, and much of it will be--will make me feel like a better human.

BLOGGING: if I can get god damned photobucket to work, I'll resume taking pictures of urban nature and dogs and public art and other things that make me happy, and post them here. And tumblr and probably facebook too.

NATURE WALKS: This continues to be vital--get out there, take pictures, talk to people about what we're seeing, blog about it, watch the seasons change, drink in life and nature.

PODCASTS: I kind of have two now: Species of Least Concern, which is about urban nature and such, and Doc Talks, which is conversations with my dad. I have other ideas too, the limiting factors are my own damn laziness, and the fact that it costs money to upload and store these things. I'm on soundcloud at the moment.

MUSIC: I love music and I wish I made some. It's kind of easy to make on GarageBand. It will be terrible, but I should just do it. No one needs to hear it. I'm better at coming up with titles than anything else--two songs that need to be written include "Kill the Nazis" and "White People Get Your Shit Together."

CLAY: My most persistent fantasies involve making stuff out of clay--I have an airy comfortable studio, Alexis throws beautiful pots and vases, and I make monsters to stick on them. I do not have a studio or a wheel, but I do have a box of Sculpey and I should get back to making monsters with it.

BATTLE VEST: I have no need for a battle vest, a piece of denim armor covered in buttons, patches, spikes, and bones. And yet I keep making one, in my imagination. I blame @KatieAaberg. I have a shit ton of patches and buttons, all I need is the vest and the ability to sew. It would be good to know how to sew. It would be fun to resume collecting bones, too.

Other things: I dunno. I'm writing this with an overcaffeinated brain during a break at work. The above items were making my mind itch, but I'm sure there's other stuff that I want to be creative with that I'm not thinking of right now. Also I ran out of anti-depressants two days ago so I should probably deal with that.


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Dec. 23rd, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I for one hope to see more of your posts again; I usually enjoy them.
Dec. 23rd, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
Do. Build. Create. Let it flow!

I've started writting. it's not always easy and it's full of self doubts, but it's good.

Do it. Make. Don't say "I should".. say "I am" and go DO. Set a time on the click and go out and DO IT.

AS for photobucket... I'm not sure what the problem with it is, but I gave up on photobucket years ago. But I don't need frequent image storage.

BUt if you decide to go that route... here are some alternatives: Imgur, flickr, google photos (google docs in general is pretty neat).... deviantart offers about 2GB of storage via their Sta.sh website which is a private image store, basically, where you can prepare things to post to deviant art.... or just use it as picture storage...

For my sparse image sharing needs, I use google docs (which may be different than google photos, now that I think about it) then sta.sh

.... But, most of all, no matter what, create. Do. Act. You'll feel better. Right now, decide: After dinner, go create. After this episode. Before dinner. When you get home, after a shower. Just set a time and go DO it. Don't procrastinate. just do. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
Out of sheer laziness I still have a paid account on LJ, which makes it easy to upload pics, but only from an actual computer, not my ipad or phone. I have pics uploaded on flickr too, but I don't remember if it's easy or hard to upload to LJ from there.

Like you, I'm horrified by the election and very scared...but trying to keep sane by doing things like my current "16 good things that happened in 2016" meme. Nature walks are essential, too. Maybe someday I will make it to another one of yours! :-)
Jan. 11th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
I have a sewing machine and know the basics; I'd be happy to teach you what I know. It's a good creative outlet, and rewarding. You get to cut up perfectly good pieces of fabric into little pieces and sew them back together into new and improved, bigger and better pieces of fabric.
Oct. 5th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
Where are you now?
Are you still blogging? On another site, maybe?
Oct. 5th, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Where are you now?
I have a dreamwidth site but I haven't added anything to it since this post. I'm most active at tumblr, twitter, and facebook.
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