Thursday, July 20, 2017

Building Bridges

As an artist I like symbolism. How something can be face value and also something more.

Take bridges for example. They span physical spaces to make connections and facilitate transportation.

Symbol wise we can focus on the idea of connection. Beyond the physical space I like to also think about bridges as connecting people. Allowing ideas to cross spaces. Perhaps these spaces are organizational. Or identity.

We have two covered bridges on campus. Both of which converge at the administration building & library plaza. One bridge crosses a main campus road to our special event and recreation spaces. The other bridge crosses railroad tracks and connects to an academic building.

Our campus is walking distance to a village of the same name, Brockport. Some mornings I drive through the village instead of using our main campus entrance. Turning from Main Street to Adams, while still in the village, the one bridge is visible in the distance.

While working on a cross departmental project this past semester the term building bridges came up. I still think of that conversation when looking at our campus bridge from the village.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A To Z: story a week

So I signed up for a story a week challenge. This one follows the alphabet so each week is the next letter. We started this month, and I wrote a Drabble for A.
Today is the first day for week B. Today I was at a work retreat at the lake. So I'm going with "Beach" for a theme. Going to ponder a story idea a bit before diving in.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Dawn drifts across the hills
Light becomes stronger
Pushing through the mini blind slats
Groggy state of sleep receding
Eyes opening, arms stretching
Another day starting.

My unofficial A to Z blog challenge posts. I didn't sign up because I'm not sure how much time I'll have. I'm going to try a quick poem each day (well Monday - Saturday) for the month of April.

I feel a little rusty with not having written in awhile. Time to flex my creativity.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Baby days

I really need to update my blog more often. I know I've said that before. I did end up buying a tablet to see if that would make things easier. The tablet is nice, but the on screen keyboard on my phone is better. For longer writing I need to buy a Bluetooth keyboard for the tablet.

Especially now with baby 2 here, I'll have to figure what works best. Baby boy is 2 weeks old, and I find myself doing lots of one handed writing. I'm sure he'll be easier to set down for longer periods of time as he gets a little older. I suspect we are in the two week growth spurt.

At some point I'd like to write his birth story. At least a not too medical summary of the highlights. With my older kid I had a scheduled C section. I decided not to do a repeat C with this baby and worked up until it was time. Which resulted in a cross county drive when my water broke.

I'd forgotten how demanding the newborn days are. I mostly remember daughter falling asleep on me during her maternity leave and lots of reading while she napped. This baby is fussy all afternoon, we've been going on walks to settle him.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tablet help

I'm looking at tablets and figured I'd ask for advice from readers here. I have an old netbook that doesn't work so well anymore, and with wanting a tablet I figured that will be my new mobile device.

I'm looking at something fairly easy to take places, can work on my writing, and possibly do some digital art as well. (Nothing fancy, but would like to use an S pen for random sketching). I'm fine with buying a Bluetooth keyboard for the more involved writing sessions, though being able to write a blog post without the keyboard would be handy. I use both WordPress and Blogger. Can do the apps for my own blogs, but not others. Web WordPress is a pain on my phone. (Galaxy 4)

I've been primarily looking at Samsung tablets. I'm debating if I'd want a 8 inch or 10. I'm also debating S or pro v basic galaxy tab 4.

So what sizes work well for others and why? Does an 8 inch have a decent amount of screen space for writing and sketching? Is a 10 inch tab a pain to carry around?

We've got a basic 7 inch mostly for daughter, and it is a fair amount of space. I'm just stuck trying to figure another inch bigger than that v 3 inches bigger.

This would be easier to figure if I was mostly doing random games and Facebook.

Friday, January 2, 2015


I posted previously about trying to decide on my word for 2015. I ended up choosing balance.

I was tempted by focus, and awesome as related to focus. Our social media manager at work had said something along the lines of not doing all the social networks, but choosing some to be awesome at. So I was applying that line of thought to my doing too many things, and wanting to make sure I'm doing well with what I'm working on. Personal and professional.

But I took a step back from that. I realized what I really need to do is get things in balance. If I take something esle on, I have to look at what I can let go. It also means making sure that I balance all the must do things with things I enjoy.

And it also means I don't have to be all the things to all the people. I really need to get time for myself. It doesn't have to be hours a day, but more than just my lunch break during the week.

Which leads to an action plan to get myself started. This month I'll take the time to research a tablet, so I can be more mobile with my writing and other art. I'll also check prices on shelter rentals for a possible writing retreat that I'd tossed out in a writing group.

Then once I get a better balance over 2015, I can look at focus or awesome for 2016. Maybe even do a complete novel edit pass. Or complete rewrite.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One word for 2015

I've been thinking about what my One Word for 2015 should be. This is somewhat based on my StrengthsQuest results, my top 5 are along the lines of gather all the ideas and know all the things.

But there is no focus in there, StrengthsQuest or otherwise. I'm great at ideas but focusing and follow through can be lacking. Plus to sometimes I feel like I have to be all the things for all the people. Having a toddler probably doesn't help much with that.

I do want more time for myself. I miss writing and bead work. I'd like to see how I can work some of that into our routine at home. Perhaps something special to occupy toddler nearby while I bead. Maybe some big beads of her own. She will be 3 next month, so we are getting past the "warning small parts" phase of childhood.

That being said, here is my brainstorming list of words. Perhaps my train of thought can be seen in these.

Follow through

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A writer who doesn't write

What do you call a writer that doesn't write? Frustrated? Unhappy? Bored? Lacking a voice?

Between my blogs and my fiction, I've hit a bit of a dry spell. Not so much for lack of ideas, more so for trying to figure out time to write between everything else. Even my lunch at work has morphed into student loan bills and car payments. At least some of my lunches I have spent walking. In addition to wanting to write more I also want to be more physically active.

Cell Phone Step Chart
I even did particularly well this past week with my step count. Only one day was I below 5,000 steps. At least according to my phone. Some days it is pretty close to my pedometer, other day short by about a thousand steps or so. While that margin of error is pretty big, I figure that this give me a ball park of my activity without having to write down my step count every day.

I do think about my writing while I walk. Some walks this is thoughts and stories that might be good for mommy blogging. Other times it is my characters for specific works of fiction. Or even those plot bunny muse bite of "what if that did...." types of ideas.

Thinking about things in enjoyable. And depending on the stage of a project it is helpful for me to let things peculate a bit while I ponder how to start a scene or a relationship between characters. But thinking alone for months and months isn't fun. I need to get the words down, and add them to a growing body of work. To see them take shape. To change them as the idea further develops.

Same thing with the blog. Though with blogging, I like to see what others are writing. To me blogging is social, and only updating my own blog is like talking without listening.

So I'm going to try and do some actual writing each week. It may come down to assigning a specific week day where my lunch is a writing lunch. That way I can still walk, and pay bills, and have time to enjoy various other activities.

Any other thoughts on what to call not writing? How do others get back into the swing of things?