Virginia Woolf and a Second Attempt at Flowers – Post One-Hundred-Six

“What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.”

Virginia Woolf

Found that beautiful quote on this blog I happened upon, Even Cleveland. Thought it was beautiful, and wanted to share (:

Also, my last post I was supposed to tell you of a latest happening, but my mind wandered. Hopefully this coming Spring, depending on schedules, a dear friend of mine and I are going on an adventure to take her senior photos (: she asked me a few weeks ago if I would do it, and I whole-heartily agreed. She is such a beautiful, loving young woman. I honestly can’t wait! She wants something natural, girlish. We’re going to brainstorm on and off, and hopefully find the perfect concoction for her photos.
Yes, I know I’m strange, but I love taking senior photos, simply because you get to know the young person’s dreams, hopes, fears, and all that makes them to be unique. Its intriguing, and fun (:

“Don’t be amazed if you see my eyes always wandering. In fact, this is my way of reading, and it is only in this way that reading proves fruitful for me. If a book truly interests me, I cannot follow it for more than a few lines before my mind, having seized on a thought that the text suggests to it, or a feeling, or a question, or an image, goes off on a tangent and springs from thought to thought, from image to image, in an itinerary of reasonings and fantasies that I feel the need to pursue to the end, moving away from the book until I have lost sight of it. The stimulus of reading is indispensable to me, and of meaty reading, even if, of every book, I manage to read no more than a few pages. But those few pages already enclose for me whole universes, which I can never exhaust.”

Italo Calvino

Au revoir,

Red

P.S. Italo Calvino describes, quite wondrously, exactly how my mind works as I read. Another beautiful quote from the same blog (:

(365), Flowers and Cloudy Days – Post One-Hundred-Five

I don’t know how many of you follow my (107) project, but just in case some (or all, haha) of you don’t, I have an announcement of superb awesomeness to make (:

I have decided to do a (365) project (: starting in 8 days, I will post one (or more) photo(s) a day, all black and white, focusing on abstract findings. Lines, shadows, shapes. Most of my photos will be digital, not film, but I will try to get some film prints on here too (:

I decided to start on September 5th for the following reasons: most people start on January 1st; I am not most people. People start on January 1st because they view this date as a ‘new beginning’. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, my new beginning is Autumn. Maybe its because its my birthday, or maybe its just because of the intricate irony of the season of dying beauty feeling like a new beginning for me, who knows. But September seemed to be the perfect time for me to start. I chose the 5th because its my birthday, its the start of a new year for me.

I hope you all like this new project. Just think; its another item to cross off It (: I’m really, actually, excited for it. It’ll be great (:

Its pretty cloudy today. I hope its not too cold when I go to work. On the good side, I work tonight, tomorrow and Monday, then I’m off for 3 days. Whatever shall I do with my time? Oh yeah, I know. READ!

If you haven’t read Anna Karenina, and you enjoy reading, this novel is definitely something you should read. Its one of those rare, beautiful pieces that just grabs your heart and refuses to let go. Its expressive. They talk of a spring day, you feel that spring day. You’re in that spring day. You’re walking through the muddy ground, watching the peasants do their work and observing the reaction between master and servant, all the while feeling the cool air and tasting the dew on your tongue. I don’t know how Leo Tolstoy did it, but he did. And I’m so very happy he did!

Au revoir,

Red

Salut, Haigh, Oi – Post One Hundred-Four

I’ve thought up two interesting things to add to It (: they’re kind of silly, and one of them will take YEARS to accomplish, but its a challenge, isn’t it?

The It List

Acquiring an SLR
Acquiring a Polaroid
Finishing ‘The Notebook Theme’
Writing a novel
Seeing Paris in the Spring
Acquiring an old-fashion typewriter
Watching all of Judy Garland’s films
Singing in front of a group
Not speaking one word for a whole day
Learning Spanish, Italian, and French
Riding a Moped
Riding a horse with no saddle
Reading Kon Tiki
Creating my own personal library
Filling out a journal
Reading the Bible cover to cover
Reading Pilgrim’s Progress
Capturing love in a photograph
Starting a photography business
Earning a Medical Transcription certificate
Getting a job
Moving out
Spending a day at the Hawthorne District
Spending a day at the Saturday Market
Tattooing my side with meaning
Riding the bus
Taking a road trip to Forks, La Push and Port Angeles, Washington
Finishing a jawbreaker
Reading every book written about Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading “She Said Yes”
Watching the greatest movies filmed in 1939 and reading each film’s book
Watching all Alfred Hitchcock movies
Doing a 365 project
Acquiring a DSLR
Finishing “A Collection of Thoughts”
Seeing the Bodies exhibit
Taking care of a Bonsai tree
Publishing my Poetry as a book
Meeting a Person for Each Birthday of a Year
Opening my Own Gallery of my Best Work in Photography
Taking Art Classes to learn the technical side of Painting and Drawing
Spending a day in a field of red poppies taking a photoshoot and relaxing with my honey
Reading at least one book of all the author’s on the big painting in Barnes and Noble cafes
Creating a Heart shape with Polaroid photography I take
Reading all of Shakespeare & watching one movie for each
Spending a day at Ikea with my love
Watching all of Jane Seymour and Charlton Heston’s movies
Seeing both of the homes I grew up in years from now
Having Kevin teach me how to use chopsticks
Completing the Marilyn Monroe mosaic puzzle
Filling a jar full of origami stars for each wish or prayer
Learning each of my heritage’s language

What do you think? Do you think those would be interesting to accomplish? (: I’ve always dreamed of being one of those smart people who know 5 different languages. The languages I would be learning are Cherokee, Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, Welsh (unless that’s like English), Irish, and Scottish. Wouldn’t that be neat?

Au revoir,

Red

Painting is Poetry that is Seen Rather than Felt, & Poetry is Painting that is Felt Rather than Seen ~ Leonardo De Vinci – Post One-Hundred-Three

So, I mentioned on my photography’s Facebook page that I had two ideas for something. Well . . . okay.

First idea – Start 365 project (B&w photos only) on my birthday (Sept. 5th) or the first day of the year (Jan. 1st)

Second idea – Start a blog on my birthday that only lasts for one year, discussing one particular subject, and deleting the blog after one year

Description of first idea:

  • All photos would be in black and white, maybe even consist of an emotion per month (if I could think up 12 emotions?)
  • It would either start on my birthday (to be a rebel (; cause that’s how I roll) or on Jan. 1st, traditionally
  • This was my idea, since I’ve been wanting to do one anyway, just for It (:

Description of second idea:

  • This was my mum’s idea (:
  • The blog would last 365 days and would be deleted within a week after the year had ended
  • It would consist of a specific subject that I would write about all year (hopefully once a day, but no promises)
  • It would not be a personal blog and would not go above Red Hero priority-wise; but, you would be able to access it from Red Hero and vice-versa

So . . . what do you all think? I have 2 weeks until my birthday, so if I decide to do it then, well you’ll all know. haha (:

If I do the 365 project, what should I base it on? And, should I make a whole separate blog for it, or just a page like the (107) project?

I like ideas and feedback (:

Au revoir,

Red

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring ~ Marilyn Monroe – Post One-Hundred-Two

The It List

Acquiring an SLR
Acquiring a Polaroid
Finishing ‘The Notebook Theme’
Writing a novel
Seeing Paris in the Spring
Acquiring an old-fashion typewriter
Watching all of Judy Garland’s films
Singing in front of a group
Not speaking one word for a whole day
Learning Spanish, Italian, and French
Riding a Moped
Riding a horse with no saddle
Reading Kon Tiki
Creating my own personal library
Filling out a journal
Reading the Bible cover to cover
Reading Pilgrim’s Progress
Capturing love in a photograph
Starting a photography business
Earning a Medical Transcription certificate
Getting a job
Moving out
Spending a day at the Hawthorne District
Spending a day at the Saturday Market
Tattooing my side with meaning
Riding the bus
Taking a road trip to Forks, La Push and Port Angeles, Washington
Finishing a jawbreaker
Reading every book written about Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading “She Said Yes”
Watching the greatest movies filmed in 1939 and reading each film’s book
Watching all Alfred Hitchcock movies
Doing a 365 project
Acquiring a DSLR
Finishing “A Collection of Thoughts”
Seeing the Bodies exhibit
Taking care of a Bonsai tree
Publishing my Poetry as a book
Meeting a Person for Each Birthday of a Year
Opening my Own Gallery of my Best Work in Photography
Taking Art Classes to learn the technical side of Painting and Drawing
Spending a day in a field of red poppies taking a photoshoot and relaxing with my honey
Reading at least one book of all the author’s on the big painting in Barnes and Noble cafes
Creating a Heart shape with Polaroid photography I take
Reading all of Shakespeare & watching one movie for each
Spend a day at Ikea with my love
Watching all of Jane Seymour and Charlton Heston’s movies
Seeing both of the homes I grew up in years from now
Having Kevin teach me how to use chopsticks
Completing the Marilyn Monroe mosaic puzzle

There was a puzzle in Barnes and Noble that I passed by for about 3 years. I always wanted to buy it, every time I saw it, but I never did. I think it would be really neat to finish it. It’d be such a challenge! A mosaic puzzle all in black and white? Good luck haha.

I found the puzzle recently online, so I think I may ask for it as a present for Christmas or my birthday. I’ve always loved puzzles, ever since I was a toddler. I suppose it runs in the family (:

Au revoir,

Red

Art Does Not Come From Happiness – Post One-Hundred-One

Do you think that’s true? That art doesn’t come from happiness? In a way, I do. Some of the most powerful works of art we see are derived from sadness or anger. But what about wedding portraiture? Your wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life, the happiest day of your life, and I’ve seen some beautiful, artistic wedding portraits that I would definitely classify as ‘art’.
Its something interesting to think about, that’s for sure.

Au revoir,

Red

There’s Never a Dream Better Than This – Post One Hundred

So, I’m sure you all wonder why I even started this blog. Well, to be honest, its a whole pot full of reasons. There’s not one reason that can describe the whole thought process. So, I suppose . . . I’ll just post all the reasons I can come up with.

I started it to post inspiration to look back on. I started it because a friend inspired me with the name. I started it to inspire others . . .
I needed an outlet, so I created one.  I wanted to create an inspiration board, a journal, something to reflect on, all in one place. I wanted to give others a chance to see something different about me that I don’t get to share, and that I never know how to speak about or describe. Its hard for me to talk on the spot. I’ve never been good at it, I fumble over my words and say the wrong thing because I always feel like I don’t even have a second to think over what I should say.

With It, I wanted to feel accomplished. I mean, take a look at all the items on It; imagine what it takes to cross off all those items? Seeing Paris in the Spring? It’ll be a great feeling when I finish It, if I ever do. I’ll be surprised if I even get halfway through It, let alone completely cross everything off. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

So . . . I guess that’s why. Its kind of a jumble, but it all makes sense to me.

Au revoir,

Red

P.S. Happy 1 year, Red Hero (: When you’ve only got 100 years to live . . .

Today, Tomorrow, & All the Days Following – Post Ninety-Nine

Today is the day that I will get to see him again (: I am so excited. I hope I’m able to fill my morning with enough things to pass the time.

We are going out to lunch, I’m going to show him the new park they put in and all the cutesy shops in downtown, introduce him to a couple friends at the library (if they’re working) and just talk. That’s what I’m most excited for. Just sitting together and talking, praying, relaxing, enjoying each other’s company. We haven’t really been able to do that for awhile. Every time I’ve come up (for the most part) its been busy busy busy. So I’m really looking forward to that (: He will be here from today through Thursday, maybe Saturday, and BIG maybe Sunday. It all depends on the people he’s staying with and when they have to go.

So, what’s on my list for today?

Reading
Chores
Maybe a shower (depending on if my hair likes me today)
Getting ready
Bike riding downtown
Waiting at the local coffee shop and park
Taking lots of photos (:
Enjoying him.

I’m so excited (: I’ll also be taking his senior photos for him, since this is one of the few chances we’ll have. So expect lots of new photos (:

Au revoir,

Red

“As soon as you notice your first wrinkle and your first white hair, sigh with ease. You are well on your way to becoming who you always wanted to be.” Veronique Vienne – Post Ninety-Eight

The French are such interesting people. I’m reading a book about the French woman and her style, and its what we American women dream to be: carefree about our bodies, but conscious about the effort to take care of them, accepting of our imperfections and accentuating our unique bodies. Of course they probably have their insecurities at times, too. Its only human. But they don’t strive to be perfect; they accept their body as it is and draw attention to the beauty of their bodies. Its magnificent.

Anyway. Kevin comes to visit me tomorrow (: I am very excited to see him. I’m going to show him around town, we’re going to have lunch, and take photos together. I will also be doing his senior photos (: Isn’t that exciting? I’ve missed him so much. It’ll be such a blessing to finally see him and just sit and talk together.

Au revoir,

Red

“A Home Without Books is a Body Without a Soul” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero – Post Ninety-Seven

I have so many books to read. “The Swan Thieves”, “Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl”, “Moby Dick”, “Anna Karenina”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Captured by the Light”, and “Learning to See Creatively”. I also have season two of “Damages” to watch.

I’m trying to find more books about the French nation, but I can’t seem to find any worthwhile. I am also trying to find some on French Jews for my novel. Any suggestions?

Au revoir,

Red