......dressing up even though you think you are too old to play dress up ......wearing makeup that lets you hide in the dark ......bravely approaching each house even though it seems twice as far from the street as it is in the daytime
Monday night my art quilt group,
Women Against the Grain, met. It was the reveal of the latest 12 x 12 challenge, response to the word "Chaos". The responses were colorful,
for the most part abstract, always lively, interesting works of art portraying
"Chaos". From illustrations of the disorder of an artist’s studio,
the confusion that can be created with line, the movement of matter to and over
that cosmic line where order is created, to 3D illustration of the chaotic
thoughts and concerns that feel as if they are popping out of our head, to the
personal story of the transformation of chaos to order. They were all
This image is my contribution.
Not as detailed as some, but it was done on time and allowed me to
continue playing with my current focus, the effect of lines on a background. It was great fun to dye the fabric and stitch the lines.
What image comes to your mind
when you hear the word "Chaos"?
Yesterday I came across some of
my writings from six or seven years ago. I am reminded how far I have veered off the
course of establishing a routine writing habit.
The old works, dated and not as exciting to me now, remind me of how much I enjoy the process of writing and editing to get a tight,
reasonably well-written little story about some of the things I notice in the
world around me. It is a way to share my point of view, humor and some quirkiness. More than once I have firmly resolved to write blog articles
routinely with the result that each event has resulted in exactly one and only
Reflecting on this sorry state
of affairs, grasping one more time for a way to get in to that writing chair
and write, I happened across a new software product. Zen Writer 2.0 by Beenokle
may be the one for me. It is a simple, low budget, low feature set product that creates a stage for a productive writing session. As I sit here writing this, a dimmed view of
a foggy forest covers my entire screen, soft music is playing in the
background, and as I depress the keys a sound reminiscent of the old keyboard noises
accompanies the motion. While all the
other applications - Email, Facebook, Toodledo, Evernote, Feedly and whatever
else has my attention today - are running in the background, no interruptions
of any kind are coming from them. I am totally focused on my writing task.
I can select the music, the
background scene, the font and size. I like to set it up to show me the time
and sometimes the word and page count at the bottom of the page. When so inclined, I may minimize the screen
and return to the rest of my computer world. Frankly, it seems more compelling
to stay here.
Are there limitations to this
product? Of course. This is not a replacement for a full-fledged word
processing application. However, once you've written and edited the words, it is
just a matter of copy and paste to a more full-featured, but distracting,
Yes, I know it's not
January 1st, but don't you agree that September is more like a new beginning
than January? It's the start of a new school year. Summer vacations are over.
The break we took from some of our volunteer work is ending. New schedules and
events are being added to our calendars.
Since we were small
children this time of new beginnings has been imprinted upon us. First, we were
the children gathering our supplies to get ready for the new school year. Then
we were the parents of school children helping them gather those supplies and
readying those schedules. Now many of us are grandparents who, if we are lucky
enough to be close enough, are working into our calendar the sports and music
events that start up again.
I have never
outgrown the need for the excitement of new beginnings, fresh starts, and new
things to do. I just love September 1st. How about you?