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So, how do you create change?
My guess is slowly and with great difficulty.
I've made some decisions in the last few months, now I just need to follow them through—keep working even if I stumble, even if I fall. I just need to remember and keep working towards my goals.
Don't you think?
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In other news: I'm feeling particularly crafty, so here soon I'm going to start working on a project I've been wanting to do for some time. It involves scrimshaw—which I really need to learn to do better, my last scrimshaw project didn't turn out particularly well. It was okay, I guess, and I know what went wrong. I'm not particularly artsy, and this project kind of requires it, so that's going to take some time. It's also going to be rather expensive to buy all the bone discs I need, so that's going to take some time as well. Unless I miraculously find a job or a way to make money some other way—I'm working on that, by the way.
So, what's the project?
What are Weirdin?
Weirdin are divinatory tools created by fantasy author Charles de Lint (one of my favorite authors) for his book Moonheart. In the book they're carved bone, but scrimshaw is more my style. Plus I want to add some color, not a whole lot, but some.
I'm also going to need to paint a reading cloth. I'm thinking silk. It's a simple design, so that shouldn't be too difficult. Not as difficult as scrimming 61 double-sided bone discs, at any rate.
I'm also thinking that I'm going to make a set in wood. That should be faster. Burned, not carved. I've more talent for sketching than for carving—which I have no talent for whatsoever. The wooden should be done by the end of the year.
And then, I still have no idea what I'm going to do for my family's winter holiday craft exchange.