Last Year

I’m not even sure where 2010 went, never mind what happened. No particular disasters, but I was looking at my goals for the year and um… well, let’s just say, most of them fell by the wayside.

I was going to list all the things I didn’t do, but I’ve decided I’d rather concentrate on the positive. Have you ever noticed that it’s much easier to remember your failures than your successes? I can wallow for hours in past regrets if I’m not careful, but when I’ve done something great, it slips right away.

Dave helped me set up a small bench for basic metal work and we used bolt bins to organize all my beads and findings on the wall. It looks great. Just watch the piles on the floor when you walk in – I’ll get to those eventually 😉

I took a wonderful class called ‘Out of the Box Photography’ with Howard Rubenstein. It was all about seeing things differently, and what it means to be creative, and it taught me quite a bit more than just photography. You can find another world at ground level, or looking up at the sky. Looking at any situation from another angle can lead to something astonishing. I also found I like abstracts, and I’m going to try some sculpting experiments.

I sculpted an elephant in relief for Dave that I’m proud of. I still need to frame/hang it, but once I do, I’ll try to post pictures.

I was the demo coordinator for the ClayConneCTion retreat, and taught a few demos myself, including an impromptu one on how to sculpt a tree in relief. I had no idea how many people would be interested in that – maybe I’ll have to write that up as a lesson.

I finished NaNoWriMo this year (50,000 word novel in 30 days). I did it in 27 days because we had to drive a moving truck to Texas for Dave’s parents. We took a cd on learning japanese with us. I can now pick out a few words when I’m watching subtitled anime. 🙂

I read a ton of books – at a conservative estimate, 250+. Of course, I neglect everything else when I read, so maybe I should read less.

I learned about writing. I read writers blogs, agents blogs, books on writing and story structure, listened to podcasts, and took an online class with Alexandra Sokoloff.

And I’m sure I did a bunch of other things that I can’t remember 😉 So, maybe not such a bad year after all.

Posted by Skygrazer

Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.

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