06 February 2019

Creative Outlets IWSG

Writing is not the only creative outlet I have.  I do traditional arts and crafts, although I haven’t set my hand to beads in years.  I do have a couple projects that need to be done.  The thing is I hate to get started because I did so much that now my fingertips crack within hours of starting work. 

The beading isn’t the problem.  When I have to applique the work to leather is the problem.  I have devised a workaround, using pliers.  A method which requires a lot more time.  So, I only do work for myself at this time.

I also take photographs, mostly landscapes.  I go for walks when the weather is nice or conducive to walking at any rate.  Most times, it’s to fulfill my daily 10,000 steps program.  Since the beginning of this year’s program, I’ve mostly averaged about 2500 steps.  Luckily, we can use a half hour of dancing for 2000 steps.  There is a conversion table.  Pow-wow dancing is lots of steps.  Exercising, gardening and other activities designed to keep us moving.  Healthy lifestyle at the edges of my mind every day.  ‘Cept winter.

I have quite a collection of photographs.  Mostly, for my own enjoyment.  And, perhaps to use for cover designs.  Least til I can afford to hire it out.  Ahh, not hire it out.  Drats, sometimes, my father’s voice pops into my head.  Hire a professional.  Good thing this is written down in my grand plan for my writing career.  Teehee. 

I attend the arts and crafts, cultural stuff the local radio station sponsors every so often.  It’s always interesting to see and hear what other creatives are doing.

The most important one, to me, is sitting quietly, watching the world around me.  I notice a lot of things that I would miss when going about my everyday routine.  This gives me time to think about life, enjoy the memories I have.  Time to recharge. 

I do a lot of coloring, the closest I can come to actually painting or drawing.  I have much admiration for those who can.  Colors, mixing and matching, gives me the sense that all is right with my world.  It’s something fast and easy and also very noticeable errors and mistakes.  I think that’s what gives me the greatest satisfaction, being able to correct any mistakes without have to think about it, without having to hunt out where I went wrong.  I don’t have to analyze anything, figure out anything.  All I have to do is feel the positive emotions and that is good enough for me.

17 January 2019

More than a Wall

Warning: May be longer than 500 words.  I attended the Community Update on the government shutdown yesterday.  The whole meeting is on the YouTube channel for the Tribal Government.  Questions were asked, answers were given.  This isn’t a rehash of what was said.  You can watch the meetings as there were two meetings: one in each sector.  I haven’t watched the second one.  A community meeting for the Delegates was scheduled for last evening which I had to be at in preparation for the MCT Constitutional Convention meeting tomorrow. 
What I want to discuss is a more general set of things that we can do in the wake of the longest federal government shut down.  For now, I’d like to point out that this crisis is one of the reasons for the cultural value of sharing.  We are a generous, caring people.  Let us remember that in the days going forward.

14 January 2019

Writerly Doings

   I have been busy, day and night, working to get my blogs and such other details as are needed to bring you news and events from Niiganabiik’s World.  Well, as this is my writerly journal blog, I guess I must get in the habit of Writerly doings.
   Well, as you can see, I have revamped my website.  Just a bit.  The posts are now listed in the blog archive.  I haven’t updated the labels list though.  I did, at one time, trim that down to 15.  I have downloaded my posts and am in the process of analyzing them.  Had made updates to a few before and wondered why I made so many posts in 2013.  Hahaha. 
   Found out it was cause I updated my 2012 blogs at some point in the dim, forgotten past.  So, now, to keep things straight, I have set an update category so I don’t go bonkers at some point in the future, trying to figure out how I could have written so many when I don’t remember why.  Man, I tell ya, the past few days has been quite hectic around here. 
   “Maaa!” echoes from my newly KonMari’d rooms and this means my sons have discovered I have moved one or t’other of their precious belongings.  Now, normally, I don’t touch their things.  However, in the interest of saving time, I had to.  The end result, aside from tripping over the mountain of items in the living room and part of the kitchen, is I must suffer through their echoing cries.  Well, from my day son.  My night son just stands there, arms crossed, eyeball-ing me so that eventually I must ask “What?” in as guilt-free voice as I can manage. Hmmmph.
   T’any rate, being as that’s neither here nor there, but does, indirectly, mind, affect my writerly doings, I have developed a much more healthy, and grateful, respect for the Scrivener program I purchased, also at some distant point in the past.  In the past few days, welll, actually, this morning, as I was trying to make sure my blog could be seen on mobile devices, I inadvertently, messed up my settings on my blog.  This necessitated a frantic text to my niece who promptly sent a screenshot which then put me on the right track for getting my blog back.  -ell, I had to take a break and go have lunch with my sister.
   Upon my return, I spent a couple more hours and found out that my domain, google and blogger accounts were not in sync with me.  Those accounts just do not take in the facts that I live with sons, have sisters who need this or that and friends who rely on me to keep them informed of my writerly doings. 
   Well, the main thing I have discovered, after setting my website back to rights, is that 1000 words is a might too long to read on all those mysterious devices.  So, this blog as well as any others I may choose to maintain, will be limited to 500 or so words.  To see any longer writerly things must come from my books.  Ahhh,well.  Back to the drawing board…hmmm.

11 January 2019

Time for Healing


   Those of you who follow me on Facebook are aware that my mother journeyed on in July of 2015 and my father journeyed on in 2017 and my brother(in-law) in 2018 along with three Elders who were my “advisors” in 2015, 2017 and my last living uncle in 2016.  The past three and one-half years have been quite eventful in so many ways.
   About a year or so ago, I discovered Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” process.  I’d been searching for ideas on motivation and came across this process.  I’d printed out several cleaning schedules, organizing tips and what ever else I could think of to help me in the process of clearing my parents’ belongings.  So many details to take care of.