There are a number of things that I want to let people know about, but I just haven’t had time to come up with a proper blog entry for each one of them, so here they are in mish-mash short form:

  • I got some artwork accepted in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival again this year. Apparently, the judges this year were quite strict. Out of thousands of entries, only 100 pieces made it. All three of my entries made it to the final round of judging, but only one made it out the other side. I will have that photo for sale there, as well as selling things like magnets and calendars at the Festival Store. Last year I tried selling prints at the Store, and so did EVERYONE ELSE! This year, I’m trying out the little doo-dads, since no one else was selling the little things last year.
  • I’m getting a bit of my writing published! This is my first real publication, so it’s very exciting. An essay I wrote a while back about the women in my family is going to be published in a magazine called The Polishing Stone in the summer issue. I will be paid my first professional payment of $50.
  • The book that I started writing last year, and for which my mom did some illustrations, did not get accepted by Chronicle Books. Once my life settles down a little bit (after the move and all) I plan to get back to work on this book, as well as finding some other potential publishers.
  • I did not get hired for the job as a 9-1-1 operator, which is a bummer only in the sense that it paid really well. I don’t think I really wanted to be a 9-1-1 operator. I have actually been writing a longer post in my mind about this, but I find that I don’t really care enough about it to write it all down. I didn’t get the job as a result of extensive psychological testing they do. They have a psych profile developed after a study of 300 operators which is supposed to determine what particular psychological profile makes someone most likely to succeed in the position. While I understand the appeal, (1) 300 people is not a sufficient number for a statistically accurate profile, (2) when you limit yourself to employing only those people from the high part of the bell curve, it’s true that you save yourself the trouble of those who fall below the curve, but you also miss out on those people who act/think/create in a different way because they are above the curve…those people who will help your organization evolve and improve–you constrain yourself to stagnancy.
  • I have decided to stick with my part-time work with Mad Science, teach Community Ed classes in primitive skills, and work on my book. I will feel better about the world when I get back into a regular schedule with these productive projects.
  • I am also going to have a VERY part-time job as a proofreader for a scholarly Mennonite magazine called DreamSeeker Magazine. I like the magazine very much; it’s worth a peruse through the current issue on the website. The owner of Cascadia Publishing (the publisher of the magazine) is also the father of a co-worker at Mad Science. Some things fell together, and this March I will have a trial run at proofreading the magazine. If it works out I will do it quarterly, and get paid $75 for each issue (that’s a whopping $300/year, but more than worth it in the ability to put it on my resume).
  • We looked at the inside of the house on Groves Street. We were VERY pleasantly surprised at how well it’s been maintained. The carpet wasn’t stained or torn as we had expected. There were no holes in the wall nor water stains in the ceiling. The kitchen and bathroom floor is a nice real tile floor (not vinyl or lino). The bathroom was a lot bigger than we expected. The rooms are a decent enough size. The only big drawback is that the renters smoke inside, and they’ve lived there for a long time. We’ll have to take the carpet out and wash the walls really well. We decided to do our own house inspection this time. After walking through with the official inspector last time, we decided that we could do as good a job on our own. So we will go back in our coveralls and with a ladder on Tuesday morning in order to check out things like wiring, plumbing, and the attic. It’s built on a concrete slab, and there doesn’t seem to be any vents or crawl-spaces, so we might bumble around a little bit trying to figure out where they put all the plumbing, but I think we’ll do fine. As long as there’s nothing huge to contend with, we will move forward with the deal.
  • I’m still working on spinning up the beautiful blue merino wool that Kathy sent me. Once I have it all done, I need to figure out how to ply it all into one strand. I can only fit so much spun fiber on my small drop spindle. So I have to roll it off into rather small balls, but I want to end up with one continuous skein. There must be a way to turn all these separate balls into a continuous thread, but I’m not sure how yet.

That is all.