You might notice the new banner: it’s not finished yet, but for now, good enough. I used to be a perfectionist, and when I was, nothing ever got done. Okay, that’s a lie—I was classic underachiever. At every step of the way, including the first step I would assess my ability to achieve perfection. If the answer was ‘no’, there ends the action. So for me, learning to live with ‘good enough’ is a fairly major accomplishment. So here’s my banner, and while I have not yet solved all the mysteries of GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program, like Photoshop but free) and thereby have stray pixels scattered about the text, I do declare my banner ‘good enough—for now’.
It all began with an ACEO I did as study for a slightly larger work.
Which I photographed, plugged into GIMP, and then started fiddling with the intriguing options one of which was fractals, whooo.
It was a fascinating effect, but unlovely on it’s own, until I peered at it sidewise and remembered I was still looking for a decent banner image. Well, you see the result above.
And now, if you’ve actually stayed with me thus far: The Invitation.
It’s that time of year again, rapidly rolling towards Yuletide, Christmas, XMas, Winter Solstice or whatever moniker floats your boat to mark a momentous turning point of the season. In fact, whether you ascribe to the Christian story, or the pagan version, or, as I do, the bare scientific fact of the turning of the seasons and the changing of the light, it truly is a time of transformations, and an event to be celebrated. And in so doing, I wish to send all loyal bloggers an um, seasonal, yule, Xmas, whatever card. If you were in on it last year, please assume that I’ve misplaced your address and send it to me anew. I’m big on organization, but not very good at it. If you’ve only come on board lately, include yourself if you please; Anna, Jenny and Missy Rocco, the invitation extends to you.
This year I would include another category, if you are willing to briefly come out of the woodwork. Dedicated lurkers, I’d love to send you a card too. Mystery person who hails from Sudbury and secretly surfs in from Atlasquest, that would be you (yep, I have a hidden stat-counter).
Everybody, my email is now out and plain to see on the banner (though hoping it still gives the spam bots trouble) and please feel free to use it for secret and not so secret messaging. I’m not into blog awards or contests, etc. etc. ; this one is freely given, no strings attached. Basically, blogging is a lonely undertaking; one flings thoughts, feelings, hard work and images off into the ether in hopes that someone somewhere will get the connection. Anyone who takes the time to read this has my many thanks (especially in this particularly long-winded and scatter-brained posting).
‘Nuff said. Seasonal Greetings and all that.