Here is what my life looks like right now.
I must make sure that all of my quilts arrive at C&T Publishing to be photographed for the book.
October 18 – 25
I will be in China (YES! CHINA!) at The 2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament & Patchwork Arts Show. I have been invited to share my work, teach a workshop, and be part of the jury for their show.
The final bits and pieces of the book are due at the C&T publishing office.
New work must arrive at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens for a three person show Right Lines and Circles.
There is a point in every single one of my deadline frenzies that I start jettison other obligations.
I whittle my life down to the bare essentials. Sleep, coffee, computer, quilt, wine. Yes. I consider wine a necessity. A period puts an end to a sentence. Wine brings closure to my day.
I repeat these things in pretty much the same order at the same time of every day until the deadline is a giant shadow in my life following me everywhere denying me even the tiniest pleasure. No cruising EBAY for vintage fabrics, no fashion sewing, no knitting. No staring into space.
I abandoned all but the elemental components of what will get me across that finish line. I know this may sound miserable to many of you, but it is not. It is laser sharp focus, and most of time it brings me great joy to work with clarity, singlemindless, and discipline.
I was looking through old documents the other day, and I found this note to myself.
“I much prefer the concentrated stress of a deadline to the endless running about of appointments.”
I mean, I play a part in creating these scenarios, right?
So I am standing in the middle of one such scenario now, and I am going to remove myself from the blogging for just a minute. Okay, you might hear from me here and there, but mostly I will be on mute.
On Thursday I posted this on Facebook.
The text reads, “A quilt and a question. This is Birch Woods Glimmer an old favorite of mine. And now for the question. I have been thinking about my next blog post. As I do that, I usually give it a working title. In my head right now, I am thinking about “On Social Media” and “Anatomy of a She-Dog” Which would you rather read?”
All of the comments that followed indicated that you folks are lured by language and could give a hoot about my social media practice. This morning, I got up early and started to compose “Anatomy of a She-Dog” and I panicked.
I could hear the clock ticking—you know the sound—once you have heard it, it won’t go away.
TICK TICK TICK
And I realized THIS is the post I needed to write today.
If you want daily antics, I will be posting short bits on my Facebook Artist page. Like me here.
I will be here, but it feels very good to jettison this mental obligation for a month or so.
The amazing Paul Scannell did the artsy photos you see here. The regular ones are mine of course. I am saving the best images for later, but this gives you a little peek. He spent all of last summer documenting McCarthy, Alaska and you can see dozens and dozens of amazing images on his Facebook or Instagram.