If you’ve regularly read my blog in the last quarter, you might have noticed the absence of a particular feature for the past two weeks: my visual pun series, Can You Outsmart the Tart.
The first Sunday, I didn’t have time to make it happen. Since most of you are on holidays or coping with children on holidays, I didn’t figure that would form a major inconvenience. Subsequently, I didn’t notice any online picketing, so I gather that impression was correct. (Or if you did protest, you need to beef up your mad disruptive skills to louder than a squeak– I’m just sayin’.)
Last week, I ran into a different set of issues, and though I have a metric buttload of ideas for the series, I cannot see my way around them.
First, I’m graphically challenged. I have two family members who paint, but neither saw fit to share their gene pool with me. Because I can’t draw, I search for images I can use without violating anyone’s copyright, then modify them. But I’m hitting my limits. I’ve gone for the low-lying fruit and cannot execute the more complex ideas with anything that looks quasi-professional.
The second problem is a simple question of time. I want this book’s first draft done. I want to be fit. I want to be a vital and joyful family member, friend, and spouse. I want to play. I want to continue the online relationships that mean so much to me AND I want to continue to give back in ways that feel right to me, whether they make a difference to others or not.
So, Tart Titanic, meet Tart Iceberg. The result?
Outsmart-the-Tarts will appear haphazardly in the future, if at all.
Thanks to those of you who enjoyed and shared them until now.
In unrelated news, a shout-out to things I particularly enjoyed around the internet this week:
- 50 Shades of Eh— aka “What might Happen if Christian Grey’s role were to be played by a Canadian?” (Thanks to Vaughn Roycroft for the tip.)
- Porter Anderson’s post on Writer Unboxed—Social Media: Your Shadow Career? Read the comments, peeps. If you struggle with this, you’re not alone.
- Adam Firestone’s column on Romance University: Arms Acquisition and Transfer as Plotline Buttress. (Adam will be writing a regular column for them. He’s a goldmine of information on firearms and willing to answer questions!)
- And a post I found both touching and relevant, given the fact I have a child as old as these people when they started: 5 Guys Take the Same Photo for 30 Years (via @ChrisGattis )