Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oh, the plans I make!

I have a lot of Things I Want To Do. I am always planning, thinking, yearning for more experiences, more knowledge, more accomplishments. I want to start taking some of the wonderful online art journaling classes, to look into shamanism training, to start putting more time and effort into incorporating my photographs into my art, and so many other things. Last year I started a 100 things in 1000 days list, and I've really enjoyed crossing a few things off - I still have 400+ days and more to add to the list.

I don't know why I'm a dabbler, a dilettante, but I chalk it up to the artist/witchy/wanderer part of my soul. I live for learning how to do that, and this, and the other thing. There are times I long to settle down, hone the skills I have, be less of a butterfly and more of a patient bumble bee, slowly investigating the flowers right in front of him. It doesn't last long, I end up making  more lists, coming across more techniques and training and things I'd love to figure out how to do.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some jewelry pieces to finish. Oh, and a couple books to finish. And that poem I'm working up... the books I want to write... the Zentangle drawings... *wanders off, muttering*

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cats and computers and tech, oh my!

A few years ago my beloved husband bought me Dragon Naturally Speaking. Because of life I haven't played with it much. I love to blog, it gives me great pleasure. I am hoping that this software will help me blog more often and perhaps more effectively.

I have started and restarted this blog many times, never sure of its focus. My goal at times has been to talk about greater things like meditation, the Tarot and other divination methods, and the path to self improvement in general. At other times I have intended this blog for my essays, poetry, other writing and perhaps even art. It strikes me that just as my focus is scattered so is my attention span. Perhaps, since this is my blog ,I ought to make it mine and talk about what I want to when I want to. With that having been said, maybe I will post more often.

Speech recognition software is a lot of fun. I need to figure out editing with voice and perhaps even using it to post to social media, because I would certainly love to use this while I make art. Not that multitasking is my forte.

Coming to you from my studio, cat on printer, surrounded by mess, looking out on a sunny fall day. Namaste. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Tyranny of Perfection

In a wonderful conversation the other day, a friend bemoaned how messed up women get by the illusion of perfection. Pinterest, which I love, has photo after photo of absolute perfection. The "blogosphere" is full of perfect homes with perfect kitchens and perfect outcomes on every attempt. If mistakes or imperfections are mentioned, it's offhand, with no photo evidence. We are led to believe that every Plants vs Zombies birthday cake, every Cookie Monster giant cookie, every canning project, every loaf of bread always turns out right, and yours will too - if you just try a little harder.

I look around my disheveled but happy home, and decide to try to thwart the tyranny of perfection! Let's get together and share our imperfect homes, our imperfect food, our imperfect baking, art, crafts, whatever. I want to learn to call "done" better than "perfect". I want to enjoy what I produce without the spectre of Pinterest's awesomeness hanging over my head. So, I will try, once a week or so, to blog just on the topic of what I'm doing and how not-perfect it is. Join me? I'm proposing a tag of #thwartperfection. Comment here, or blog, or post about how you have done something that is wonderful - perfect or not.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Welcome to the New and Improved Cosmic Motor

I've done some blog juggling, and decided that I want to completely redo things. I'll be posting new content on a wide variety of subjects, and re-writing and re-publishing old entries. Look forward to essays, poetry, rants, funny stories, discussion of some esoteric topics and more. I will appreciate any feedback, and I'd love for you to share any entries that you think others might enjoy. It's been a while since I've done any serious writing, and I'm kind of itching to get back to it.