One busy Bog Monster

Well, that schedule idea sure looks good on paper!

ProgressAs it happens, I’m on day 4 of a long 5-day weekend, so I allowed myself a great deal of latitude with the new schedule. I’ve stuck to the rotation idea, but time frames? Right out the window, along with the Friday evening block altogether.

For starters, here’s my tentative weekend schedule:

Saturday Sunday
8:00 AM
8:00 Errands
8:00 AM
8:00 Crafting
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 Painting Minis
10:30 eBay
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
12:00 Guitar
12:30 Etsy
12:30 Drawing
1:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
2:30 FWB book listing
2:30 Digital Illustration
3:00 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 Worldbuilding
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 WordPress course
4:30 Creative Writing
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 Guitar
7:00 PM
7:00 Drawing
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 Crafting
9:00 PM
9:00 Music Theory
9:00 PM
10:00 PM
10:00 Music History
10:00 PM
11:00 PM
Crafting
11:00 PM
12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Weekends are when I plan to cram in just. a..few…more…things [yes, Virginia, I know that’s not proper ellipses I squoze in there, and that that’s not a word, and that that that’s is a rather awkward construction…booyah! 3x].

*ahem*

eBay and Etsy rear their heads for the first time. Odds are good eBay actually ends up taking FWB’s slot during the week since I’ve learned I still have access to an actual inventory. The eBay time slot was used for communication re: that inventory and evaluating a few random bits and bobs from my own shelves. Lo and behold, it turns out I’ve either got a rare Blondie Once Again into the Bleach cassette or a bootleg not seen before by my expert Blondie consultant. What, you don’t have an expert Blondie consultant? How do you even? Something tells me that, at best, I might have upgraded my $5 old tape (which, btw, involved playtesting) to a $10 tape. Woo! I’ma be rich!

I used the Etsy time slot to finish work on the logo, about which I’m so stoked I’ll share it here, too.

Logo final 20180526 800 px

No shortcut I tried for cleaning up the hand drawn lines worked, so I did it the hard way…using paths in GIMP. It was worth the effort. Super crisp lines. Prints nicely. And that’s exactly what I need it for.

When I got to the FWB book listing, I got a little carried away for the rest of the day and the vast majority of yesterday. There’s probably just about 16 hours in this. If you like sci-fi and/or fantasy, go ahead, click. F. W. Balsinger Used & Rare books is another of my little corners of the internet…another corner that’s only just getting started. I started out digging up info on the first of a list of awards for one bit of info for one page, learned that the annual Nebula, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton awards had just been presented less than a month ago, and availed myself of the very topical opportunity to display the works of the winners and finalists in a handy one-stop-shopping page filled with Amazon affiliate links.

2017 Nebula, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton Awards announced for sci-fi and fantasy

Along the way, I had plenty of reminders from WordPress of just how absolutely !%!#$ crazy!#$#ma!$!#$king it can be. I lost count of the times it just lost a small bit of correction *just* made in the HTML view. Even though I’ve checked and rechecked the code countless times, it displays the first book in the list off-center…most of the time. Sometimes it’s centered. There’s strange vertical black lines of varying lengths it just puts along the right side of some of the left-column cells…sometimes. But not elsewhere.

It’s nuts, I tells ya. But there it is. That site is another of those journey is the destination things.

After that, I took a much needed break and then sat through the first 15% of a basic intro to WordPress course. So far it looks like it’ll just reinforce the easy bits that I already know, but I might pick up a trick or two along the way. For instance, I learned because it was said out loud something I should have learned from experience but hadn’t…if registering a domain and acquiring a web hosting service, do not get both from the same source. If you’re not happy with your web host, you’re hosed. I will definitely remember that going forward.

Strings are still on the way, so no guitar practice.

Somewhere along the line I drew another face.

Somewhere else along the way I also managed to squeeze in this collection of “traditional” “Assyrian” music for Scholars & Rogues and then scheduled the individual videos for posting over at the Rocky Mountain Bog Monster Radio Facebook page.

Then I finally picked up with music theory. Thus far, not much progress. Got my text ready, realized I didn’t have a suitable notebook.

Ah, notebooks. I like the flip-convenience of a spiral bound but hate everything else about them. I love composition books except for the part where a) they’re really just too thin for a large subject area unless you want notes in multiple volumes and b) I hate losing pages from the center, which is what tends to happen to mine somehow. I almost like loose leaf and portfolio pocket folders, except for the cost of loose leaf, the unsteady supply of college-ruled where I am, and I’m out of portfolio pocket folders. Solution? Manilla file folder and 1/4″ graph paper I created in GIMP so I can print paper on demand.

Quarter inch graph paper

That is some quality graph paper I made. Yes, indeed. Every guide was lovingly placed by repeating the keystrokes for adding guides and counting by 75s. Every point of the path I drew using the path tool was nudged with the greatest of care into position, accurate to two decimal places (because who wants wonky graph paper, after all). And it’s in no-photo blue. Well, that’s the hex code I used. I haven’t tested it other than by printing some out and scrawling pencil notes all over the place. It works well for that.

So I got started taking notes on music theory. Then I proceeded to locate a source of free music scores and a video of the Hallelujah chorus of Handel’s Messiah.

Next up was music appreciation. I was all fired up and ready to rock and roll. Some time ago I ordered a book I thought would be perfect for the job and set it on a shelf to await its day in the sun. In came the day. Out come the sun. Down came the book. And…oh. Oopsy. The Norton Anthology I picked out is absolutely wonderful and meant to be used in conjunction with two other texts without at least one of which I come up short. It is to sigh. Alas. So I found good deals on those older editions and got my order in. As a result, music appreciation as a calendar block is on vacation until about mid-June.

Now, finally, I can get back to crafting for a bit. Next up: learning how to make cardstock cartons upon which I might print my spiffy new logo so that I can package up little chunks of XPS foam, call it a product, and try selling it on Etsy. See? Most of this actually does fit together given enough time!

Onward!

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