Now, I hate to be all nebulous, but the wheels on this are just starting to go in motion, so it’s too early for details, but when things are solidified, I will share.
Two, I’ve been looking for a part-time job, which takes more time than you think, especially if you apply in-store and in person.
Three, there’s gym time, also known as recuperating from work time.
Four, I’m also in full-tilt panic mode about the cosplays I’m making for Comic Con. I’m not regretting what I’m making, it’s just that halfway through the first cosplay, I decide to make a second cosplay. Oy vey, what was I thinking? I’m glad I decided to pursue it, it’s turning out pretty well, it’s just more detail work than I was expecting. Somehow I had months to get all this done and now I’m down to just three weeks. Holy shitballs.
I’ll be glad when the cosplays are done so my living room can go back to normal, as in, I have walking space and I’m not tripping on sewing machine cords or fake arrows or scraps of fabrics. I know I’ll get it done, just kinda hoping the panic will kick up the adrenaline.
And then there’s sleep and I’m working on getting more, but that’s been in short supply lately.
It won’t stay this nuts for much longer, life will level off and there’ll be more writing time very soon.
Until then, sweet dreams.
While I really like Prince’s music, it’s no homage to him.
And I know it has nothing to do with any spiritual “awakening.”
Maybe having a new used car is inspiring me to update my look? I really don’t have a solid answer that makes sense.
I’ve read the color purple is associated with creativity and between my making cosplay costumes and working on a book cover design, my creative juices have been delightfully higher than normal.
Anyway, I’m not questioning this fixation too hard and I gotta say, I love the nail polish.
I walked away and took a look around the chaos of my living room. Sewing machine, ironing board, crap on the floor. All the telltale signs of a new cosplay in progress.
This cosplay started as a simple idea I sketched on a Post-it note pad as well. I looked at that idea again and again and questioned if it would even work. It did. Incredibly, it did. Well, at least the sewing part of it did, the accessories aren’t done yet, but I’m not too worried about them.
The little cartoon light bulb went off above my head. If I can do this costume, I can do this sketch and once I told myself I could do it, I relaxed. And a few minutes later, I sat at my laptop and came up with a pretty good first idea for a cover, with fonts too.
As the new sketch idea was gelling, I kept on sewing and even came up with an idea for a second cosplay. Bouncing among the three projects kept the creative juices flowing. It was beautiful.
My creative outlets are not just a lark, they’re very necessary. They’re energizing, and as an introvert, that’s essential – and they put my mind in a positive place. I’m not dreading work tomorrow, instead I’m enjoying my projects here and now and I’m fully engaged in the present moment.
And it’s blissful.
I've done graphic design, but it's been almost a decade. I was a little surprised she had that much faith in my ability to do this. She referenced something I'd made back in 2011 – the Jerry Cantrell Action figure.
In 2011, I was unemployed for five months and in an attempt to not lose my sanity during the job search, I needed a creative outlet. You should know I’m a HUGE Alice in Chains fan and of guitarist Cantrell’s. I can’t even remember what the impetus was for making an action figure, but I did. And I had to make packaging. You have to have packaging. I included the end result in a slide show below.
Back to the cover. I got a little more info via text and sat on it for a couple of days. And on Monday at work, I grabbed my handy-dandy 3x3 Post-it note and pen.
I designed my new cosplay-in-progress with the same size Post-its, so I was confident something would materialize on the matte yellow surface and sure enough, ideas started to form.
I pulled some historical dress images, some great (free) fonts and tonight I’m going to put them in a big cauldron add an eye of newt, some cayenne pepper and see where this goes. And I must admit, being asked to do this is very humbling and I want this to be pretty awesome.
Time to jump off the interwebs for awhile. I got some designin’ to do.
Behold - the Jerry Cantrell action figure made back in 2011. He's part of the fictitious Guitar Gods Collection.
School closings and event cancellations are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. The wind is picking up and it makes it feel colder. It’s even howling lightly and shaking the windows. Everything is coated white and the rooftops across the streets look they have a thick layer of frosting on them. It’s pretty now that I’m not driving in it anymore, and I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to be home.
About 2:00 this afternoon, my boss asked me if I had anything pressing I was working on. I said no, just catching up and asked if he needed anything. He didn’t – but with the weather getting worse, he gave me the option to leave early. And he’d pay for my time.
Clearly, the apocalypse is nigh.
A few minutes later, one of the managers arrived and said the roads were terrible. I took advantage of the generosity and left at 2:30. I may have to bring in some doughnuts tomorrow to show my appreciation.
Very glad I did leave – the roads were horrible. Very slippery, not plowed, not salted. My normal 20 minute commute took an hour and 10 minutes. It was also the first time I gave the new vehicle a snow test. My other two cars didn’t have ABS, but this one does and mother god, when it went on, it scared the bejeezus out of me. That will take some getting used to. But the new car did good and we got home in one piece.
I had plans for the night, but they’re cancelled. Instead, I’m going to make stir fry, sew my new cosplay costume and watch a movie or two. The roads suck, I’m staying home and I’d recommend you do the same. This is going to get worse before it gets better. So don’t drive in this nonsense if you don’t have to – but if you do, take your time and get home safe.