There is no update on all of the invention projects. Everything seems to be in a holding pattern. Apparently, the world doesn’t work on my timeline <sigh>.
I have been keeping myself busy with art, Instagram (@activeartpassions), and YouTube.
It is really amazing that people do these things so well while working full time. The YouTube learning curve so far includes:
Taking video, audio mixing (voice on video, voice overs, music), video editing, adding in special shots to make it more interesting if possible, go to the website that makes special thumbnails so people will want to click on your video just by seeing the little picture, affiliate links for products in the video (currently using Michael’s, Zazzle, and Amazon). I don’t expect people to be clicking all over these now, but I do not want to have to go back to videos later and add them if one of the videos get popular.
The videos are of something I would be doing anyway….or, maybe, they push me to do what I want to be doing and not procrastinate myself out of it.
I shall continue my home study courses in art, video production, marketing, and product development. My sabbatical leave focused on new areas of study.
Behind the scenes look: I do NOT naturally talk as fast as I do in the videos. I speed up most if not all of the videos. I also slow/speed up the music sometimes.
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.
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.
My latest art project has been completed!!
It started with an acrylic pour technique to establish the backdrop for the main character. The layers built from there using combinations of different mediums. A bit of digital adjusting thrown in at the end to add the finishing touch.
There is a silent army of backyard monarch enthusiasts. They create optimal conditions for monarchs and watch as hundred of monarchs fly away each year. A milkweed buffet is prepared and maintained. Watch is kept to deter predators, like wasps, from over harvesting.
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Mother’s day gift chosen by recipient 🙂
A lot of people I know are musicians. People I grew up with, family, friends. When someone brings out an instrument, you know something good is going to happen. I have never seen anyone set strings on their lap and then start an argument. Maybe, Dueling Banjos.
I keep trying out new ways of adding texture and depth. This was a lot of fun to play with. I hope you can hear some music in it.
I went back through with my old trusty lens to have a little fun. Fewer birds were about, but the gators came out to play!
Sights that were very helpful in trying to ID some of the birds”
I decided to revisit the same boat tour that I took in 2013
The location seemed different and the captain was different. At check in, I was informed that they had moved 3 years ago. I must not have looked too lost as 2 different people asked me for directions and specifics about the boat.
I am still trying to get used to the new lens. It is a lot less forgiving than what I was using. Just about everything on the roll was out of focus.