Lately it seems that I have been taking a bit of a creativity break. Meaning, I needed a bit of time to do useless work for a bit. I've been very slowly chipping my way through Holly's drawing prompts, and it's been a rough slog. If you watch the vlogs, you'd know that I've entered an "ebb" of sorts. It feels more like burnout to me right now. I've painted much more this year than other years (I think), and the 2 art videos per week is feeling a bit much. The videos seem to be in a boring slump, even though I've started adding little discussion voiceovers to some of them. The problem is, I am so rushed during the work week, that I don't have enough of the topic to go on, forced to ad-lib whenever I get some free time alone. It's not my forté.
At the same time it feels like... you know when you play the Sims, and two characters have a bad conversation and then red "-" signs pop up to signify a disliking? I feel like all of my relationship interactions have been like that lately. I'm just really awkward these days? Hypersensitive? Late 90s teen me would have checked the status of my "biorhythms", ha ha ha.
Today begins a nice little stretch of time alone, but suddenly not entirely alone - I came home with another caterpillar rescue from work. This one seemed particularly bad, as he has traveled from california so he must have been terribly chilled. He was wriggling slightly to our touch, and I have an empty bug apartment since the last tenant moved out, so I'm giving him a shot.
This is a Corn Earworm, and he likes corn. So I guess I will have to buy some corn. It took him several hours to warm up, but he's gone right back into munching as if waking from a light nap. Such resilience!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?