Two weeks of school supplies, first days, and Back-To-School nights with teachers…! I think we have the schedule almost down, now. I hope!

New Schedule, Week Two

My husband’s new job as accompanist at a performing arts high school is an every-other-day affair. (The school has A and B schedules on alternating days, and my hubby’s classes are all on A days.) That means that every other day he’s HOME! So we can go back-and-forth on care-taking duties for the 2-year-old while he does school and business, and I work on art and promotion. At least, that’s how it works in theory.

To make this work, I need to have an inventory of my projects — so when I have fifteen minutes here or there, I know what needs to be done. Any ideas on how to keep track of what’s next?

On the creative docket:

  • Tone current Songseeker page, and sketch the next one. Pau and Feinne are about to show up again.
  • On-Easel: start the under-painting on the new canvas.
  • I’m working on a Hippocampus drawing in Manga Studio to sharpen my skills and learn the coloring tools…!
  • Take stock of my writing projects. I wanted to do a “How To Draw Mythological Horses” book, plus I have some fiction writing projects and poetry ideas I want to pursue.

How To Touch The Moon

This morning on the walk home from taking our 9-year-old to school, our 2-year-old saw the half-moon high in the sky.

“Mom! Moon!” he said, pointing. Then he reached for it, with a little “nng!” straining noise. “Can’t! Reachit!” he said, then tried a couple more times before coming to me and pulling on my leg. “Mom, help me please? Can’t reachit. Help me please?”

How can you resist that?

Even though I knew his efforts were futile, I picked him up and together we tried again. “Mom, help me,” he said, because I was not helping enough. I tried to explain that it was too far away for us to touch — that he wouldn’t be able to reach it.

Now, as I’m typing this, I’m thinking of Neil Armstrong, the first man to touch the moon… and how few times people actually did touch the moon. I would like to be able to tell my kids that they can touch the moon if they work really hard. I hope they can.

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