is it 2021 yet

Here we are in December. It’s been a year, hasn’t it? And by “year” I mean “flaming garbage mountain.”

Mr P and I are still hunkering down at home. We hardly ever leave the house. This continues to suit us just fine, apart from the mentally draining outside chaos, that is. Thankfully, vaccinations have slowly begun… I have no plans to do anything much in the outside world until I’ve gotten my shot (and even then, things won’t be like they were before, far from it), which I’ll get the moment I’m able to do so. April?

Anyway.

Last week, I finished my latest miniature world, All Night. I slowed down a bit when September rolled around, because the horrible Second Wave began in earnest here in Quebec, and it hasn’t yet shown any sign it’s about to ease up. Maybe after the Xmas partial shutdown… Whatever. Herd humans just don’t seem to learn. They simply can’t not clump in noisy, clueless, virulent mounds, a phenomenon that has drastically increased my already great desire to avoid most people most of the time. There are treasured individuals I’ll be happy indeed to see again on occasion, but for the most part, I am now an avowed professional hermit (well, more so).

Basically, I haven’t had much energy. I look forward to having more stamina, and creating a lot more art, when life starts being less “Constant Red Alert.”

This comic strip by artist Alex Norris sums up it perfectly.

I did finish my piece Hot Chocolate in early September, if memory serves right. 11X14.

I love this piece very much. The pleasure I get from creating these worlds is truly immense. I do look forward to the day when I can sell my art at small local markets and artistic events… It’s one of the few reasons I can envision wanting to leave my lair at all.

And here is the piece I just finished, All Night. 8X10.

Those photos were taken with the smart phone, and thus don’t fully capture the colors and details. Hot Chocolate is already available on my Redbubble shop, and All Night soon will.

Here is my dear and lovely longtime friend, Cintronite, wearing a mask and carrying a bag featuring my piece Magical Toadstool:

Yesterday, I took a self-portrait that showcases how my messy shag has been growing back… I rather like it. I love ultra short hair too, but this is even less trouble, especially since I’ve never had fewer fucks about styling it; my flippy hair does what it does. It’s a 70s shag. I’m wearing my beautiful, golden Harvest Moon medallion by Satanme.

In other news, I shared this series of tweets a couple of days ago.

Writing these words about Masterful, a book into which I put so much, felt good. I doubt my work will ever be the sort of thing that’s acknowledged by mainstream fandom websites like Mugglenet etc, I’m too… oh, unusual? for that, but there it is. In any event, fandom as I once knew it has pretty much ceased to exist, and I prefer doing my own thing.

Future publications will focus on my art. I’m thinking collections of my work, with accompanying notes.

At the end of 2021, I’ll have a 2022 calendar and agenda featuring my miniature dream worlds.

Right now, I’m enjoying my 70s Festive Extravaganza. Gazing at my festive tree and the pile of wrapped gifts underneath is a source of unmitigated joy to me. This year’s haul will mark the beginning of my collection of Our Generation dolls. 2021 plans include playing games like Snoopy Monopoly with these dolls, because Artificial Human Companions are most excellent.

These are the two gorgeous Holiday dolls waiting to be unwrapped… My first Our Generation dolls.

They’re so delightful to me. They’ll soon be joined by more.

And if wrapped boxes are fun during the festive season, why not have a few waiting to be unwrapped on Valentine’s, Eggster, my birthday, Halloween?

I immediately felt that this was a splendid idea, and I’ve already selected special items for this purpose.

This year, I also have many amusing books wrapped beneath the tree, and it’ll be wonderful to read them during January and February while the world, well. You know. While the world hopefully starts improving. Anything less obtrusive would be fantastic.

So that’s what’s been going on over here. More art soon. I post on Patreon regularly.

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