I’m feeling quite crafty lately. I painted some things. I’ve got the motivation to frame a puzzle that has been kicking around for quite some time. Of course, the motivation came after carrying a free piece of hotel art home. I’m not interested in the art inside, but the frame, glass, and matting are all expensive things. I read that I can paint matting, so I’ll be doing that to better match the puzzle. I’m pretty sore after carrying it for so long, but it’s going to be worth it. I just have to figure out how to take the backing off. Perhaps a hair dryer and if not, my heat gun?
I also dyed a coat I wasn’t wearing. It started as beige and now it looks like denim. I guess I didn’t stir it enough. I still like it far better than before. I’ve never been a beige Barbie type. I have a sweater I want to dye too, but I’ll need to get more dye for it.
I’ve also been playing around with my keyboard. I got a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal and have been checking which sounds distort well. Because I’m a geek, I went though and put a large chunk of the keyboard sounds and their matching numbers into a spreadsheet, so I can find them again easily.
- R. Card: 63%
- S. Card: 49.9%
- Student Loan: 7.76%
- Savings: TBD
- OYO: Not started.
- Charlie et la Chocolaterie: 9/30
I still have a ton of work to do around here, but I think just getting some small things done like dying that coat are giving me the morale to do more.
- Bathroom: Not Started
- Paper: 81 pieces
I’m super close on Let It Be. We talked about the speed that it should be played at. She said if I put 60 beats in a 2/2 instead of 4/4 I should have the right speed for the way it’s written in my book.
My teacher is pretty happy with how I’m progressing on Downtown Abbey. I can mostly play page one with both hands without the sustain pedal. So I need to focus on page two. Once I can play the whole thing with both hands together, I am to add the pedal. I expect after that I’ll be told to memorize it too because it’s a lot easier to add feeling and dynamics when you aren’t worried about the page. There’s a part of it that I commented to her that I thought was there to help train the ability to improvise. It looks fancy, but she said it’s actually just one chord. There’s another part with a rolled chord that is cool too.
Oh, I also got some velcro strips to attach my keyboard to its stand. No more smashing on the ground crap.
- Memorize: Let It Be
- Learn: Downtown Abbey
- Learn: Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Practice: C Scale
I keep getting more ideas. Some even blow my own mind. But it’s hard to get them out of my head! I can get the idea written down, but it’s much harder to figure out where it belongs in the story.
I think I’m going to keep track of what I did in a week using the Project Targets feature in Scrivener because it looks like I only went up 20 words, but I did more work than that. This is one of the reasons I’m not fond of editing. I removed things, rewrote pieces, and wrote some new content, but because I started by lowering my word count, it seems like I didn’t do anything if I go by the numbers alone!
- The Spark: 72,333/80,000