I Look At Pictures

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Teenager in Italy, playing with light display. Image: Wikipedia.
Teenager in Italy, playing with light display. Image: Wikipedia.


I’m a busy gal. A few of the things on my list:

  • Complete my master’s degree.
  • Research and write and edit for Quiltfolk.
  • Write two (2) new lectures for QuiltCon 2018.
  • Continue to develop Super-Secret Project No. 1.
  • Poke X about Super-Secret Project No. 2 with Y.

So that’s a lot — and we both know I could keep going. But instead of listing all the rest of the stuff I get to do/want to do/have to do, I’d really like to list a few projects that I really, really want to do but can’t, for lack of bandwidth. After all, actually doing things is hard and taxing, while dreaming about doing other things is fun; everybody knows that.

So, here’s a list of projects that I want to do but just totally cannot prioritize just this second:

  • Develop Taco Tape. (*remind me to explain at some point)
  • Make a PaperGirl one-off glossy magazine for sale at gigs and/or as a gift for a donation of any size to the maintenance of this blog and the girl who writes it. (!)
  • Make a big coffee table book with a carefully-curated selection of exceptional (and exceptionally strange) public domain photos and images I have collected over the years of sifting through WikiCommons.

This last one, man … I’m telling you. That book will be so cool when I finally am able to do it — and I really want to do it. Because I have a big file of awesome pictures and illos from years of writing this blog. When I go looking for a picture of gooey butter cake or a man crossing the street with an enormous bouquet of roses, you won’t believe what I come across.

Sometimes, I’ll just click through the images in a folder I have marked “Everything Has To Be Moved”, the working title for this photo book. I don’t know that I’d make up a fictional narrative for each photo; I like the idea of these disparate photographs and illustrations simply living together, selected by me, for their beauty or uniqueness, or their quality, or their subject(s), or all of that.

I traffic in words more than images, of course, but visual language is real and I reckon I’m semi-bilingual.

9 Responses

  1. PinkD
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    Perhaps a new writing contest in the works. Pick a picture and explain how it’s represented in a quilt made or owned by the writer.

    • Mary
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      ooooooooh! #brilliant #filed

  2. Colleen
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    Semi-bilingual good one so much better than me

    I am just lingual on a good day

    The other days I just smile

  3. Pat Hicks
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    Mary, sounds like you are feeling better. You do busy better than anyone I know, with cool stuff.I am excited for you connecting with Quiltfolk. Mike is so smart having you on board. I can say that when his was putting vol. 1 together on Oregon I was working at Something to Crow About. Some very experienced quilters connected with that shop. (not me I was lowly worker but liked it). I am crossing my fingers hoping the Captcha code works today so I can post. Have your classes started yet? Hoping you have a smooth semester or quarter.

  4. Jo Chalk
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    Mary, if you write it…I will want to read it!

  5. Jennifer
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    Mary – tell me how to help make this book happen! I did not know about Wikimedia Commons until I started reading your blog and now it has grown to be one of my favorite rabbit holes to fall down. It can be very self soothing, letting your mind wander as you click, click, click. (Although doing so before falling asleep can lead to weird dreams. Ask me how I know.)

    • Mary
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      Hm… Standby, Ms. Otwell.

  6. Cara
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    Taco tape? Do tell!

  7. Molly
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    I love this book idea. I would adore a beautiful collection of photos selected by you!!!

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