I have watched most of the Game of Thrones seasons over the years and found them intriguing. I particularly love how the story will abandon (kill off) major characters as an integral part of progressing the plot, and the characters and depictions of feudal life and politics are second to none. In that vein, I have also read the first novel a couple of times, and the second novel as well. Last year I bought all of the books on Audible and have been listening to the incredible performance by Roy Dotrice, who is unfortunately now deceased.
Suffice to say that this has been the closest thing I have found in fantasy writing to approach Tolkien, one of my favorite authors. In addition to the novels that make up the core Song of Ice and Fire, there are ancillary books and this one was a quick three part read about Dunk, a hedge knight. I found him interesting, and his tales very compelling. He is flawed in that he is not overly bright, but also he is a knight who takes his vows seriously, which seems to be a rare thing. His companion is a squire named Egg, and well I don’t want to reveal too much. Let’s just say he adds a lot of flavor to the three stories.
I’m sad that they are over now that I’ve read them, and I’ve plunged back into the main narratives to quench my thirst for more story. I hate to spoil this shorter work with too many details, and will end this with a strong recommendation to read through this novel on your own. As a final teaser, there are really great illustrations included which I found to be a fun addition.
One of my goals for 2018 had been to read through the entire Bible, a goal I did not complete. However, this morning I finished my NT read through with the book of Revelation.
It was interesting timing because yesterday I watched Bird Box, a recent Netflix movie set in an apocalypse. The main idea is that there is some sort of evil demon monster that causes people to commit suicide if they see it. Quite graphic, disturbing, and the characters spend much of the movie blindfolded.
So as I was reading about the end of time in the Bible I was making these connections between plagues, Satan run amok, angelic hosts and the woe to those humans unfortunate enough to live through the terrible end of Earth as we know it. Mildly amusing and entirely unexpected.
This reminds me that our current experiences in life, with art, and other factors can influence the lens with which we approach other arts, in this case my Bible reading. I’ll revisit this goal again in 2019 and should meet it this time.
I’ve spent the last seven months or so exploring watercolor. This month I’ve branched out into gouache as well (an opaque watercolor medium). I have always enjoyed drawing in pencil, and have tried drawing in ink once more. I’ve even revisited chalk pastels but didn’t enjoy them at the time, and I’ve toyed with the idea of other paint mediums, mainly acrylic and oil.
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I’ve been doing a couple weeks of reflection on my use of social media. Should I keep blogging? Should I start a YouTube channel?
For now I plan to focus on my own practice and not to focus on sharing unless I have time. What this looks like for 2018 is:
- Return to my Whole Foods plant based (WFPB) diet.
- Return to daily walking exercise habit.
- Return to daily Bible reading and prayer time.
- New daily art goal (draw and/or paint).
- New poetry goals; read/write/post haiku or other poetry.
- New weekly urban sketch journal trip or fine art painting.
- Renew my passport…
The past three months have been the busiest in my life. I am seeing major success at school with my updates in the science classroom. I’m pushing the envelope with technology integration and piloting a bunch of new technologies in preparation for a one to one initiative the next school year. Next week should see a new chromebook cart arriving with five different convertible models to choose from and put their their paces for the selection process this December. Fun times, but super draining on my mental energy.
I have definitely cemented watercolor painting in the mixed media urban sketching style as a new hobby. I have a large collection of paints and have developed what you might call a passion for color and pigments and I think the watercolor medium is excellent for showcasing these pigments due to their transparency as opposed to most other media which are generally opaque in nature. I think I’ll start putting some watercolor content up on this blog soon.
That reminds me… I’ve been thinking about blogging every week for months now but have hit a time issue and energy issue. Also, as far as content, I was really hoping to focus on poetry and bible study when I deleted my old biblioblog and created this one. Due to my varied interests I think I’ll need to just post whatever is on my mind. I don’t think I’ll be writing my own poetry any time soon but I can go back to posting poetry that I find and that I enjoy. Same with scriptures; I can post things that stand out to me.
However, I think I’ll add in art content and technology and other things I find interesting. I definitely am learning a lot of new things in the fields of psychology, mental health, as well as in the education technology areas. So, I’m hoping to just start creating here again. I’m also hoping to get more active in Instagram, which is a great art format. I’ve been seriously thinking about upgrading to an iPhone SE to get a better camera but keep the small form factor of my 5S which I love.
Speaking of Apple products. I am also using an iMac for the first time. I have some high flyer students who I really pushed earlier this week to try some new things in class. They came back with a request for a video camera, lapel mic, green screen and computer with iMovie so they could write and film some video content for our current lesson. I’ve spent the past week assembling such from misc. resources in our school and they filmed their footage Thursday. Monday starts the editing process. I have one of the two iMacs updating to High Sierra, and the other is already in use. More soon on that front.
Finally, I’ve been back to game mastering table top role playing games, mostly D&D 5e right now. I am running two campaigns, a Tuesday/Thursday after school group is running through Tomb of Annihilation. I have a former student playing four PCs in Curse of Strahd on Friday nights, who is also thinking about taking up the DM wand for the first time; and I would switch roles and play a different party of four PCs. Anyways, lots going on and I anticipate becoming more active in October as I settle back into a routine now that school is back into full swing.