20 August 2009

Latest Writing: Groucho, Knockoffs and Words

Here are the things I've published in the last week or so:

  • Quotes for Craftspeople: Groucho Marx and His Dog (HandmadeNews.org)

    I often have that Marx quote "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend . . ." stuck in my head, and I thought it would be fun to see if I could turn it into an article for Handmade News. It was fun. I think I'll do more Quotes for Craftspeople articles in the future, and maybe even make some of them more serious.

  • Wost. PSP Knockoff. Ever. (About PSP)

    I found this fantastically awful dollar store toy made to look like a PSP, and of course I had to buy it. I photographed the thing from all angles and made an image gallery / mini review. As terrible as the "Fun Tech Water Toy" was, I had a blast, and am going to keep my eyes open for more PSP knockoffs to review. Anyone seen any they want to send my way?

  • Bookbinding Bonanza Word Find (HandmadeNews.org)

    I thought it would be fun to try my hand at making a word find, and bookbinding seemed a natural topic to start with. Turns out, it's harder to make a word find than I thought. I could buy software to do all the hard work, of course, and if I do very many of these, I might. In the meantime, though, figuring out how to fit the words together is--I think--more fun than doing the actual puzzle.

  • PSP Blue Raspberry Sours and PSP Cherry Sours Review and PSP Sours Novelty Candy Tins Image Gallery (About PSP)

    My fascination with things that look like PSPs but are not PSPs may have started with these PSP novelty candy tins I found at Freak Lunchbox. I also have a Nintendo NES controller tin and Nintendo magic Mario mushroon tin made by the same company. What can I say? I like videogames, and I like candy.

My goal, I've decided, is to get two significant pieces of work done each working day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. "Significant" is subjective, of course. Some items, like small image galleries, might only take an hour to do. Some articles will take four hours or even more. (Anything that takes more than four hours counts as two things, at least). Any time left in between morning and afternoon jobs will get used for things like promo blogging (like this) and tweets, tweaking my online shops or adding product, business emails, and miscellaneous tasks that don't take very long.

So far today, I've accomplished my morning task (the PSP knockoff toy thing, above), and am currently doing the promo blogging stuff. In a few minutes, I'll get myself a cup of tea and a snack (possibly even lunch, though I'm not that hungry yet). Then I think this afternoon's task will be wrangling some tiny book earrings. I was intending to do some more writing--I have a number of articles to knock out for Suite 101 to get caught up--but my desk seems to be located in the warmest part of the house, and the heat is making me sluggish and headachey. Bleah. Plus, I intend to add some "what I did on the weekend" stuff to this blog later today, so I need a break from the computer.


Carol said...

Your energy is amazing. I do admire your ability to produce such an interesting variety of work.

Niko said...

Thanks! I'm interested in so many different things it's sometimes difficult to not get completely scattered.