I just had a birthday, and I got to thinking it was about time I had a blog. I have been noticing that I have too much to say in ordinary e-mails, and maybe it is time to enter the blogosphere. I consider my mind a tool of sorts, and these days it has been overactive in a whole lot of different directions, and it might be that some of the things that flit through are worth writing down in case my kids and grandkids should ever wonder what I've been up to.
I've been up to HERE. (That's me, pointing at eyebrow level, in case you can't tell.) I am learning all the time, and my latest venture is learning to crochet. I have a very patient and wonderful friend who is helping me through this phase, giving gentle instruction and trying hard not to laugh at my drunken spider productions. I am learning to crochet because there is this cool felted bag I want to make to hold my crochet projects. Yes, it does too make sense. If you want to do something that needs a container, then you need a container to keep that something in--stands to reason. Anyhow, maybe by Christmas I will have mastered crocheting enough to have actually started on the bag. In the meantime, I shall have to use whatever bag happens to be empty at the moment.
Ah, yes--bags. Bags are very important in my life. I use them to keep parts of ongoing projects together, to haul stuff back and forth from various meetings and arty parties, and to store stuff for classes. And for anything that needs to be stuck somewhere more or less out of sight. I have a lot of stuff, and so I have a lot of bags. Most of them are full most of the time, and so I am constantly in need of new ones. Empty an old one, you say, and use that? Ah, but you see, the old ones are usually filled with projects, art materials, paper, embellishments, and odd stuff. And yes, I need all that, because, as one of my friends put it, Art Requires Inventory.
Oh, I didn't mention that I am an, among other things, artist. I make art. I do this on paper, and on canvas and sometimes on whatever is handy. Like porcelain. I am a Master Porcelain Artist, and I have the certificate (and a pile of blue ribbons and some trophies) to prove it I also do water colors, make books, make collages, and do weird things with acrylics. And now, lately digital art has taken hold. Easier to store the equipment for that--a terabyte hard drive takes awhile to fill--at least I hope so. I shall doubtless inflict images of some of my art upon the readers, if any, of this blog.
Another thing I am is a writer. I have written an unpublished mystery, several chapbooks of self-published poems, a PhD dissertation, lots of 500-words-or-less Flash Stories, and articles for many newsletters for organizations I belong to. Some of my poetry has been actually published in literary magazines and journals, but these have now sadly disappeared from the world of journals. I also have edited a book called Art and Archaeology in the Mediterranean World (and did an article for it and most of the illustrations).
Oh, yes, I have done illustrations. My illustrations have appeared in thirteen books to date, and I will have some in a fourteenth coming out sometime late this year or early next year.
And would you believe, my husband and my kids somehow think I've never done anything. What I haven't done much of is housework--who had time?
Yes, I do have a Real Name. It is Anne Lou Hawkins Robkin. But you can call me Nan.