Slowing Down the Challenge

Experienced a sudden crash in health and well being. Yesterday I started on a new painting using acrylic paint on acrylic pad paper. The Mad Hatter. My health dip made me sleep for hours so I didn’t finish it on time and the same happened today. That’s how life goes sometimes, not all health issues can be dodged. Either way, the painting that was supposed to be finished in a day will probably be two days late.

 

Mad Hatter in Progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t often do portraits so it doesn’t flow as easily as paintings of trees and fields. Getting the right colour mix and shadows falling well will be a fun challenge. At the same time it makes me hesitant to work on it. I don’t want to ruin it, especially since I’ve shown the world I’m working on it.

 

For the record, doctors have suggested chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia as a potential explanation for what I’m experiencing. Usually it’s not that bad. Today’s tiredness was mostly because I had to get up early in the morning so my brain kept waking me up plenty times during the night just in case it was time to go. Ugh. The brain is like a big well meaning but clumsy dog sometimes.

The mess! This layout doesn’t work!

I’m having layout doubts again. I know how I’d like to change the images at the top but what about the rest of it? Something’s just not right. And I know myself, this is going to keep bugging me and hinder my website-related work until I fix it.

The featured image of this post is one I made some years ago after having read someone’s blog post about how she spotted a rat at the dump and it turned and looked at her. No doubt that would be a hideous experience for many people but I rather have a thing for rats and mice, so my rat at the dump looks friendly. The dump is more or less how I feel about my website right now. Perhaps someone else can see this place the way I see the rat; a perfectly lovely thing. The trouble is that I can’t.

The Faerie Folk

For a long time I’ve wanted to see the wee people, the faeries and elementals and gnomes. I’ve always had odd experiences so why not add faeries to that? So far no luck as far as actual sight goes but I remember the day I bought Brian Froud’s Faeries Oracle cards.

I was spreading the cards out onto the kitchen table and invited the faeries to join. It was a ritual to connect, to get acquainted. My sensitive cat companion Desirée decided to join me and started watching something flying through the air. I figured it could’ve been a fly, who knows, and kept connecting with the cards. My cat started half-lazily chasing whatever she was seeing and now it was clear that whatever she saw was going through the (completely solid) table and moving fast around as if playing with the cat. If it was a bug or fae, I leave that up to you to decide for yourself.

(Image: #colour_collective entry from a few weeks ago, colour theme Viridian.)

Choosing a WordPress theme

After scrolling through hundreds of WordPress themes I’ve lost enough marbles to consider learning how to code my own WordPress theme. Some part of me knows that would be an incredibly stupid thing to do, to learn all the codes for the fancy effects and to keep the theme updated so it fits the latest WordPress version, not to mention tearing out hair when there’s a hard to find bug. It would take way more time than I have and it would go on forever. Then again, it’s been impossible to find what I need.

Part of the problem is that I know what I want, it makes it harder to settle for some half right version. The other problem is that I want my blog posts visible in full text version on the front page while also having a huge fancy image and plenty flexibility to add other things.. and apparently that’s not what’s in vogue right now.

I’m considering following the trend. It may not be exactly what I want but it’s better than coding a theme from scratch.. right?

This layout? Oh goodness no!

Back from Christmas break I take one look at the layout and can’t help but facepalm. No, no, no.. This wasn’t how their preview looked. So much has changed! Would their paid version offer me the changes I need? Or do I need a whole new theme?

Choosing Wordpress themes feels like being out mushroom picking. Sure they look all nice when you spot them but after implementing them there’s all sorts of dirt and bugs to get rid of. Wish me luck..

Plan ahead!

The flu. It came, it hit hard, I had some seriously interesting delirious fever dreams.. and didn’t update anything for 2 weeks. Yup. This is why people schedule blog posts to go out automatically, write a back up post or two, schedule tweets into Hootsuite.  They say one of the most important things about online life is consistency. If your aim is to make friends, reach people, get heard, then showing up and saying something regularly is just as important online as it is in “real life”. Consistency is the reason I recognize and say a cheerful hello to our local mailman. I want to be like the mailman! ..Except not the part about biking around town at 4 am no matter what horrible weather is out there. Major kudos to the mailman! It’s a survival sport type of job!

Next on my to do list is to make a back up plan. As soon as my head clears up. Right now I need to google if I should be concerned that I can’t blow my nose gently without the world spinning a tad..

Website Restart!

You know you need a make over when you’re too embarrassed to tell people you have a website.

When I made this website I had the mighty goal of blogging 5 times a week . I dutifully installed the WordPress app onto my phone so I could start writing while waiting for the bus or in between lectures. (Never mind that one needs the patience of a teenager to type on the smartphone. I go nuts after a few minutes of it!) I was excited. Yet I found myself rarely logging into WordPress and all together avoiding looking at my site.

The shame. It burned.

So here we are, trying again. And by gosh I’ll glitz up this site even if it kills me!