Happy Hump Day y’all. You doing anything special to celebrate?
Some of you are stuck filing TPS reports; or studying for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT or whatever acronymated entrance exam you need to ace to get into grad school; the busiest of you are feeding, shuttling, counseling and cleaning a herd of crazed animals that happen to share your last name.
Then there’s us. Bleary-eyed from an all-nighter spent staring deeply into our laptops, hoping for a meaningful connection with our muse. PJ’s and teeth in need of serious scrubbing. We, we merry band of bloggers, we know how to usher in the mid-week festivities. Might I suggest a soothing after-breakfast nap to go with that morning breath? Go on… you’ve earned it.
But before you nod off, I had an epiphany a few weeks ago that I’m ready to share. Don’t worry, it’s not so exciting that it will make falling asleep any more difficult. And I’ll need a few sentences to setup, so you have plenty of warning before the big reveal.
Somehow, I let myself get overwhelmed again. I’ve found so many interesting blogs to follow (yeah, I’m talking to you) that my daily WordPress Reader routine gobbles up huge swaths of my day. Then there’s Art Therapy, which is an essential ingredient in my balanced mental health diet. All too often, the sun is down and Monica is wondering where dinner is before I start writing.
This passion project (inspire, entertain, and occasionally educate an engaged group of loyal readers) has become a relentless taskmaster. I love it, but I’ll probably burn out if I keep up this pace.
The epiphany (finally)
On (Almost) Wordless Wednesday’s, I will combine these three obsessions (reading blogs, digital painting, and writing).
Since I’m already loving the photos, and the mental images created from the blog posts I read, these will be the subjects of my sketches, at least until we get 32-hour days back again. And I’ll include links to their blogs so you can appreciate the original.
I think it’s like synergy, but better-er. Let me know what you think (and if you’re a blogger with an image or post that you want to challenge me with, feel free to include a link in the comments and I’ll see what I can do).
Nexi at Time Nexus took us on a photo tour of London shops along the Thames. Tucked in the middle of these images was a door that haunted me, despite its innocent appearance. I can almost see Jacob Marley materializing from the knocker. I guess that makes me Scrooge.
Another amazing photographer, Ray Laskowitz at Storyteller, took us to the brighter side of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I wish I could recreate the vibrant, colorful glow he captured on this woman’s face. You should head over to check out the original.
Last Week’s Alliteration Winners
I’m humble enough to admit that I can be an incredibly gracious loser when the situation calls for it. This is not one of those situations.
Buried in the last 2 posts were a few playful attempts to include strings of alliteration. Several of you picked up the gauntlet and replied in the comments with several impressive alliteration strings of your own. Brad, who likes to show off, shared 2.
Eddie isn’t very impressed, but I’ve convinced him participation trophies are in order. Hope Snickers satisfy, but we all know, Snickers always satisfies. And since this sketch is virtual. You get to have your Snickers and enjoy it too. Without the need to burn off the calories. Your welcome.
One last thought:
To those that think trying to teach temperance and timidity to this teller of tall tales through tantalizing tidbits and taunting tributes, I tell you: Tis truly time to throw in the towel.
One last, last thought:
Even though some would argue that awarding participation trophies shouldn’t be included in the total word count, there still might be a FEW too many words for this to be an (Almost) Wordless Wednesday. Next week will be (Almost) better. Thanks for playing and have a relaxing Hump day!