Shakespearian Hokey Pokey

I saw a photo online earlier today of the Hokey Pokey done Shakespeare style.

That was funny.  But then someone posted on the same thread a video of a creepy man reciting it.  This led me to search for a different video, and this is what I found:

This made me completely laugh out loud, which I rather needed.  Actually, that’s the third thing today that’s made me laugh, which is decidedly above average at this point in time.  Hope it gives you a smile too.

Long Lost Creativity

Over the last two semesters, eight-ish months, I’ve been very focused on school work.  In my spare time I usually just want to sit and do nothing, and this results in a lot of activity on my Neflix account.  I still paint occasionally, but my art interests have been left largely untouched.  And this is sad.

Lately, over the last couple three weeks I guess, I’ve had that little feeling that urges “Go on!  Create something!”.  But, as finals approach and the big, end of semester projects come due, there’s little to no time to heed these little urges.

This is one thing I resent about being in a photography specific program at school.  In the eyes of my teachers, I am a (somewhat lame and pathetic) photographer.  But to me, that’s not all I am.  I’m not just a photographer.  In fact, I resent being that anymore.  Because I paint too.  I draw sometimes, I enjoy sewing by hand.  I like to create little creatures with polymer clay, and I love to write, even though my stories aren’t always very good.  I love creating art, I love looking at art, and I’d love buying loads of it too, if money grew on trees.

It’s the writing aspect that’s been nagging me lately.  I want to write again.  It’s gotten me to thinking about past times, stories I’ve written, and characters that still live in my mind.  Some of my favorite characters were created in a wolf roleplay guild on Neopets.  There were probably ten to fifteen of us active in the guild, and we each had a few wolves that we’d created.  Together we wrote and made our wolves interact, created stories, built families, and brought in conflict.  My friend and I once killed off two of our main wolf characters and, later, were so depressed at not having them around anymore, found a way to resurrect them and bring them back again.

Another of my favorite characters, from one of my own (unfinished) stories, is Halice (pronounced normally like “Alice” but with an H on the front).  Her character was sparked from a photo I saw for sale (which I later bought with Christmas money).  She, in a round about way, becomes friends with another girl who needs to remember to imagine, and together they visit a land of their own creation.  The place is very real in both their minds, and to all intents and purposes may actually exist.  She’s sort of a rebel, but only because she’s had to be.

Often times it will be a song, or a piece of music, or a picture, maybe even someone I see walking down the street or at the mall, that will spark something in my mind.  That spark may grow into a scene, or maybe a general plot line for a story, or a character.  Not all sparks grow to a proper flame.  Sometimes they slip away again, quietly, because they know they’re not really suited to be a story.  But some, even if I never finish their story, stay for a long time.  Halice is like that.  So are my wolves.  And Carlos the minstrel.  The Darkin, the small dragon who’s name I have forgotten at this moment…they all stay with me, some bolder than others.

It’s this sort of thing I long to return to.  A time when writing and painting and real creativity, not just assignments, fluttered around my life more freely.  Maybe one day I’ll have more time for them again.  But I think One Day is a long ways off.

But it’s good to dream, and to remember, and to hold those favorite characters close.

That’s a Wrap!

Filming on the up-and-coming lightbulb video has ended!  We’ve already started work on editing it in Final Cut Pro X, and it’s coming along great!

We’ve got all the footage imported, snipped, and put in order.  We’ve adjusted saturation on a few select clips.  Mainly all we’ve left to do is put in transitions where needed/wanted, create an opening title and possibly end credits, and find some music and sound effects to put in.  I’m really pleased with how we’ve done on this project.  I think even if our teacher isn’t satisfied completely with it, we’re more than pleased with our efforts.  And, in a class where we still don’t have a single grade posted, I think that’s all that really matters, at this point anyway.

As Erika, my classmate, and I have been working on our video in lab, it’s been fun to see our classmates’ reactions.  So far everyone has loved it, even just the quick, unedited clips.  It makes you happy to know that some part of it resonates with people, that it’s enjoyable on some level.  It’s a nice feeling.

We’ll be posting the final finished video in a week or so, so be sure to tune back in around that time for the grand opening.  I think it’s going to be really awesome.  🙂

Kitty is Back Again!

My kitty bird-stalking friend from a few months back occasionally sees fit to drop back through my yard.  I’ve discovered that she’s quite friendly once she gets over her initial shock at being noticed by a human.  She loves head and back scratches, though I’ve not gotten up the courage to try for a tummy rub.  (Cats can be very picky and finicky about their tummies, you know.)

She was on my front porch today when I came home from taking pictures/math class/going to Hobby Lobby.  I think she’s now and expecting mother, too, because her belly’s a bit bigger than before.

I told my mum about the kitty being an expectant mother, and she showed some concern about this fact.  I, however, am thrilled at the thought of a little band of kitties occasionally wandering through my yard.  I hope the mama doesn’t belong to my neighbors and they give all the little kitties away.  In either case, I sure do enjoy saying hello to her when she drops in.

 

Eeyore

This picture is good.  The caption that goes with it makes it perfect.

Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.”  Eeyore

Thanks to the Disney Facebook page for summing up my life right now.  You’re much appreciated.  Even though my worse isn’t exactly getting better.  But still.