And I know it. And I am not only letting it, I am encouraging it.
I am getting way obsessive-compulsive and hyper-focusing on a project I started. No need to go in to the finer points, it’s just something that I’m doing to organize my life, supplement my memory, and get better acquainted with some blogs and bloggers, both recently discovered, and long a part of my online writing sphere.
Really, the whole thing is absolute madness. Oh well. The only thing that will actually make me crazy is if I don’t get it done.
In other news. . .
Beginning (I suspect not coincidentally) around the first of the year, many of my blogger friends took on various projects and challenges. The most frequent I have seen is the 30 Days of Truth, but there are a whole truckload out there, with subjects literary, photographic, and strictly introspective.
I didn’t initially think anything about these challenges as far as them having pertinence to or appeal for myself. I don’t believe I was even blogging at the time. But recently I have been pondering not the actual challenges presented, but the idea of doing something myself that requires a certain amount of commitment and creativity. I came up with the following two ideas, tailored to my specific talents and interests.
The first is the Fairy Tale A Day project. Ever since I can remember, I have been passionately in love with The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Jack Zipes translation). In this volume there are 250 tales, and much as I love this book, I know I have not read them all. So I thought I would start with the first (“The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich”), and read at least one piece a day until I make it to the last (“The Short Tale”). Sounds interesting and fun to me!
The second project is utterly different and also more challenging. I have the most ridiculous, versatile, and wonderful collection of makeup I have ever seen (you can get a sense of it by visiting my page Beauty Snob), and I am constantly adding to it. But I don’t use it nearly as often as I would like to, since I seldom do up my face when I’m not going anywhere. Consequently, there are shadows and glosses and palettes and sets I have never even tried out, which to me is a damned shame. So the goal is to try out a new look at least three times a week, even if I am just planning on sitting at home and writing.
If I get ambitious enough, I’m going to post a list of my products so that I can make a notation when I use each of them. Because while I will be taking photographs of myself every time I fancy up my face. . . Well, I’m not going to be posting them here. I did seriously consider doing so, but I really am just far too private with that aspect of myself. I will give you the blow-by-blow of the most personal and emotional experiences and thoughts in my life, but you are definitely barred from ever actually seeing me. Go figure.
I guess that’s it for tonight (this morning). Back to the organizational OCD mines!
Moral of the story: Sometimes mental illness taking over is neither a trauma nor a catastrophe.
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