A New Website

Happy Friday!

I wanted to write a quick update post.  There are a lot of moving pieces at the moment.  I just hope they can click together to form a pretty picture someday.

On the invention front:  

I will be crashing a convention show this weekend to fish for a company that may benefit from my art related invention.  I had been trying to use a local manufacturer to make it but they have been dragging their feet for 2 months.  I have asked a Mexico/CA plant for a quote.  But….hopefully, I can find someone at the convention with more resources to take over the heavy lifting.

The medical invention should be patent pending next week. Fingers crossed.  Having learned from the other experience, I will likely start with larger durable medical equipment companies and work my way back to a local company.

On the art front:

NEW BLOG!!!  I wanted a one stop shop sort of thing.  One link that I can give people that has all the info.  If you have time or interest feel free to poke around and tell me if anything looks off.  Active Art 

I am still experimenting and practicing different techniques and having fun along the way.

Job:

I started applying to jobs and had some interviews this week.  Two were phone interviews that were promised to lead to a face to face.  One of those has (so far) and I will likely start up with them as a “prn/as needed” employee.

Hope everyone’s tomorrow is even better than today. 🙂

 

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New Project; Old Project

New Project:

Yesterday I posted a new YouTube video demonstrating a painting.

I shot the video outside and I am pretty sure everyone in the neighborhood mowed their yard that day.  Luckily, I was not planning on using much of the audio from the recording because I wear a mask for most spray painting.  This was a fun project to put together and I am hoping that I have the technical issues all worked out.  My plan is to post 1-2 videos a week.

 

Old Project:

I now have patent pending status on one of the products that I am developing.  I have started to approach companies and manufacturers.  I will fill in more when I can.

Do you have any projects in process?

 

Christmas In June

I spent most of last week working on a collection to enter a contest on Zazzle.

The idea is that the products could be ordered and kids can color them in to gift to someone else or as a part of their gift.  There are also sets of 25 tearaway paper place mats that could be used as a party activity.

If you have time, maybe give them a click.  They are still in the open submission time period, but maybe some traffic will up my chances. 
Thank you!!

 

 

Career Choice: Introvert Inventor

The ever changing healthcare system has restructured me into a new opportunity.

I have the chance to spend some time focusing on some passion projects and leave the medical charting world….at least for awhile.

If you have followed me long enough, you know that this is not the first time that I have been fired, let go…my position has been eliminated. (Fired by Shakespeare)

The last surprise vacation, I was still on antibiotics for Lyme and vowed to rest and recover.  I did rest, somewhat.  I started perusing job postings and developing a plan almost immediately. I logged about a month of being off antibiotics before I started back to work.

Since I am feeling much better than I did then, I am going into my unplanned vacation with a little more confidence.  I have a plan.  Not one in stone, more like firm Jello.

Over the past couple months, I started to have some ideas for inventions.  The first is already in the: writing a patent application phase.  The other two ideas are not yet inventions.  They are bubbling around my head with a hundred variables of how to approach a problem.  Now is the time to really focus on them.  My hope is that I can get them developed enough that I can get to at least the “patent pending” stage on all of them prior to having to return to work.  Of course, it would be great if that happened more quickly and the first companies I pitch were in shock at my genius and just started throwing money, begging me to allow them the honor of producing my world changing items.  I have assigned myself next Monday as the day to send the second sprout over to my intellectual property (IP) attorney.  I needed to set a date because the longer I work with it, the more complicated I am making it.  Also, I want to make sure that I do not send it too early.  More than once, I was going to send something over that would have lacked enough detail, wasting everyone’s time.  It is much more complicated than the first sprout, so I need to make sure that I present it properly and in a much more organized way than what is going on in my head.

In the mean time, I am also painting more.  It’s fun experimenting with different techniques and learning a lot along the way.  The product is being altered in Light room and/or Photoshop to try to clean it up a bit and to morph it into something that can be put on a shirt, poster, key chain, mouse pad….whatever.

I have a store on Zazzle that has a few different groupings or collections.  The one with more of the painting based ones are here:  Active Art

Sites like this are not really big money makers for most people.  It is a way to share things that I create and if I tag them right, maybe I can make a few bucks while I hustle for licensing deals.  Can’t wait for ugly sweater season to approach.  I’ll have to come up with a few for that. Maybe Benny will get a new look.

Benny The Turtle PosterBennyHat

BTW–If I can’t get a nibble from a company about one of the sprouts, I may try some social media stuff to see if anyone would be interested in it.  Stay tuned….but it may be a couple.

The storm outside is building up a second blow, so I am going to publish before I lose internet again.

 

 

 

 

Swimming in a Spring

I was ready to tweet about swimming in a spring this afternoon.  I wanted to recommend that if ever you have a chance, do it.  Even after I had parked and changed, I found myself wanting to turn from the moderate size crowd and go back to my car.  The thing about most springs is that you have to walk downhill to get to them and uphill to get back to your car.  The areas to enter the water are always congested. Was it worth it? There is something about earth cooled water and the sandy floor of nature’s pools that is both relaxing and revitalizing.

What stopped me from making the tweet was that I started to think about the faces in that moderate crowd. I guess Berthold Gambrel was right, “Writing about an experience is a great way to capture what was most important about it.”

I started to think of the retired couple heading back to their car after a picnic, the little kids playing jokes on each other, the ladies in bikinis, the ladies in wet suits, the guy just sitting on a bench enjoying the atmosphere, the little kids in the shallow area that was the only part of the pool that had clearly been altered by park staff to make it safer for the kiddos, the mom in a tube float with her youngest sitting on the edge holding on to mom, the middle aged mixed race couple that were comfortable and relaxed with each other, the teenage mixed race couple with their new relationship tension and passion, the snorkel that was always moving around but never surfaced, the older gentleman climbing down the steps with fins and snorkel in hand, the different languages that echoed across the water, the group of kayaks coming back to shore after adventure on the other side of the swim area, the young lady stretching trying to find the right angle to capture the scene, the group of young men just hanging out and making plans for the weekend…

I was not there very long.  In fact, the middle aged man blowing up floats for his family in the parking lot when I arrived was just starting down to the pool as I went back to my car.  I was there for a quick cold water walk in the sand. I had no idea my brain was having a soak in all the warmth community can bring.

Be kind to each other. Be kind to yourself.

Go swimming in a spring.

Frisbee by the Spring

I did not take any photos today so this is an old photo of a similar area