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U: Unfiltered thoughts / Updates

April 25, 2017

It’s bedtime and I’m all ready type out a short post and go to sleep. My A-Z Illustration Challenge is all but done, tomorrow is the last one! I didn’t take Sundays off on that one so I’m done a good four days earlier. Quite relieved I’ll have one less thing on my plate until the end of April. I’m looking at you, A-Z blogging challenge.

And four more days of it to go. V, W, X, Y and Z. Argh, that’s five. True to my usual style, I haven’t a clue what to blog about for any of the rest. I do wish I hadn’t taken up both the Illustration challenge and this one at the same time, in retrospect. I would’ve done more justice, I think. 

Someone on my Instagram posted a picture of Florence and man, I so want to go back there. All those students walking about, sitting around sketching. Re-visit the museums, go back to that hilltop where we waited for the sunset, drinking cheap wine and drawing the Duomo and the view in my little sketchbook. Such good times and what a great city to study art in. Sigh! 

My Mom’s birthday is coming up and given the fact that she’s here, I’m wondering what to do on the day. Hmm.

I’m glad to be blogging though because it’s good to go back and read archives from two years ago and realise that I’ve forgotten so much stuff already. I do hope I can get back to the blog at least once a month. 

This thinking out loud style is what my old blog was mostly about I think. I should really go back and re-visit it soon. Yes I might cringe and cringe but I should do it anyway. 

Over and out. 

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O: Old-fashioned

April 18, 2017

One of the days last week, I think it was for the letter J, I really struggled to think of a topic to blog about, and when I finally did get around to doing it, it was nearly 10.30pm. But I didn’t have to stress much once I thought of a topic because I have the WordPress app on my phone. I was in bed, ready to type out a post on my phone (I do that sometimes) and then just pass out.

That made me think how easy internet access and blogging is these days. Once upon a time, when I was still on a dial-up, this is what I would have done to publish a blog post. It’s of course hypothetical because, I hadn’t heard of blogging then. Still, I assume these would be the steps –

  1. Switch on the computer. (My phone now, is always on)
  2. Open a Word Doc or notepad to start typing a post (Now, if I blog from the phone, I go directly to the WordPress app, of course)
  3. Save the document every once in a while, because
    1. No power backup back then.
    2. Even software wasn’t evolved enough to auto-save every once in a while.
  4. If I wanted to add a photograph to a post, then Hahaha, good luck. These would be the steps (Gosh I should have just made a drawing with a flowchart instead of all these steps) –
    1. Youw ould, first of all, take the photograph with a good old-fashioned camera. Not a smartphone. Nu-uh.
    2. Hunt for cable to connect camera to computer. Connect.
    3. Then download the photo to the computer. (Smartphones, zindabad! There was a time when I was on Twitter but didn’t have a smartphone and very vaguely recall tweeting a photo this way.)
  5. Only once is the post is composed, edited etc, connect to the Internet. Who could think of wasting bandwidth in those days?After about 5 minutes of trying and finally successfully connecting to the internet, open WordPress or Blogger, which would of course open slooooowly, because that was the era of snail-paced internet. And then Copy and Paste the blog post.
  6. If you were really keen on uploading a photo, then you’d do it now. And wait and wait for the progress bar to indicate that it’s done.
  7. And then, click on Publish and wait, heart in mouth, for it to get published, hoping that no one calls your landline or the connection doesn’t break for some reason.

Et voilà, you’re done!

Sigh, I feel so old. And this darned era of instant gratification makes me both grateful and feel extremely spoilt. One day, I’m gonna show this post to A and see what she would have to say.

But I have one thing to say now.

There’s NO WAY I would’ve attempted the April A-Z blogging challenge in the good old days.

 

 

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A: Am I crazy or what?

April 1, 2017

That’s right. Am I really taking up the April Blogging Challenge? It would seem so. I’ve been meaning to post since, oh, only Jan 1st this year. As always, maybe this will help me shake off the inertia and just post something. I hope to do at least short posts, and the occasional sketch or photo when I’m at a loss for words (ha ha). Okay, Sayesha, my inspiration, let’s do this. 

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A: April’s here

April 1, 2016

And so, here we are again. The A to Z challenge. Guess why I’m doing this again?

a. Cos I want to make a better effort at chronicling A’s toddlerhood (which is SO much fun OMG!)

b. Cos the last time I did this, I had so much fun. (April, not the November thingy, ughhhh) And I really enjoyed getting back to blogging.

c. Cos I also really enjoy being in touch more often with the other enthu cutlets doing the challenge in this period.

d. Cos I’m a sucker for challenges and cannot say no.

e. Cos I’m crazaaaayyy and I need to get my head examined.

f. All of the above

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NaBloPoMo is here!

November 1, 2015

And so I’m back. Thanks for egging us on, you enthu cutlet, Maya

When I did this in April, I realised hey, it’s really not all that impossible to set aside 15-30 minutes each night to do something (somewhat) productive. Or create something. And so, egged on by another friend, I began a 75 day sketching challenge. Started on 31st May, and I managed to go on well past a 100 days. I surprised myself wildly in being able to keep that discipline for so long. The reason I stopped about three weeks back was that after a point it began to feel forced and I was sketching on some nights with zero inspiration and just to keep the streak unbroken. One night I simply forgot and then I felt liberated, and then I never quite went back to sketching daily.

In that sense, a 30 day blogging challenge seems just like what the doctor ordered. It’s not going to be easy. Now that I’ve resumed working full time, there is rarely a day when I’m up past 11pm. Actually make that 10.30pm. In fact, some nights, I fall asleep along with A. Primarily due to a lack of enthusiasm to do much after 9pm despite having the time. This was never the case when I was doing the sketching challenge. So, again, this seems like a perfect time to take up a project like this one 🙂

What will I blog about, since this is no A to Z challenge? I’m really thinking out loud here – general talking out loud posts of course, some recipes, some sketches, so posts based on Nablopomo prompts, and finally – I’m hoping to find some inspiration and find prompts for short stories as well. This was something I’ve experimented with a little bit in the past, and enjoyed. Since I’ve put this out there, I’m hoping I will follow through.

This NaBloPoMo (the first and last time I did this was 5 years back!) is gonna need a bit more planning than the A to Z challenge, where even if I were to start at 11.30pm, I’d have a letter, and often a word in mind before starting. This, on the other hand is a free for all, and is going to be interesting. Challenging. And fun. Oh yes. 

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Reflections on the A to Z challenge

May 7, 2015

The WP app crashed and swallowed my post whole just as I hit publish. Boo!

So I’m going to be lazy and link to this post, where she says pretty much everything I want to. To that I’ll add, the challenge has made me realise hey, 30 minutes a day is not that hard to carve out if I put my mind to it so I will gun for some thing fun and productive each night. Maybe read more, sketch more, play something with S, or blog. 

And also, here’s to a great April and hopefully, a definite return to blogging!