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Benzinha, I don't know what I am doing and to blog is to continue in denial for a little longer. And yet it offers little comfort as to offer a view here is largely unwelcome. Well I am slaving over poorly-paid grading of journalism features. The agent is taking her own sweet time with her "thoughts and comments" about my book proposal. I am still two weeks of a job interview for the "perfect job". I have a couple of good international story commissions in a week or two. Oh and I'm giving a talk on Thursday in the hope of drumming up some writing work. I am struggling to keep up with my course though I just emailed in an assignment which I felt half good about and I owe everyone money and must work out how to distribute this month's few hundred dollars of income.

posted by Azur on August 29, 2005 at 2:40 AM | link to this | reply

maj, ah heah

posted by benzinha on August 29, 2005 at 12:58 AM | link to this | reply

You be careful. Don't sign no contracts your body can't cash!
Y'heah!?

posted by majroj on August 28, 2005 at 8:54 PM | link to this | reply

maj, ah use kahfee t'run on, koolaid is jus too cruwell fer ma system

posted by benzinha on August 28, 2005 at 7:59 AM | link to this | reply

"Fore"? You mean "Fahr". As in "Awl fahr'd up".

Oah mebbe theyet's more Tex-Ark than y'all's uset to?

B, you're starting to sound like a speed freak. When the neighbors offer koolaid, just say no!

 

posted by majroj on August 28, 2005 at 6:39 AM | link to this | reply

maj, did I say 'fore' them? I meant "fire" them...maybe I'm developing some
wierd kind of southern accent. Gonna go fore this load n' see what comes out, ya know?

posted by benzinha on August 27, 2005 at 10:30 PM | link to this | reply

maj, my meds are keeping me awake, I've noticed. A form of gentle insomnia

but it helps me to get more work done.

And, where will I find the time to teach Y classes and such? I am deep into trying to make and finish the nativities for the show and may just squeak by. I have to make things in clay, let them dry, fore them slowly so as not to explode them and then scrape and repair any cracks, et al and then finally paint them. That's about more than 400 tiny little pieces and it takes forever to do this. Sigh....

Now, if I had a clone.......

posted by benzinha on August 27, 2005 at 10:29 PM | link to this | reply

Homegirl, with that choice of subject, you are a woman after my heart..

I am self-taught and my first things were really sorry, but now, they look like true folk art; time fixes all things, even non-responsive hands. Thanks for reading.

posted by benzinha on August 27, 2005 at 10:25 PM | link to this | reply

Make sure your meds are not running you too long daily.

 

Psst...paint one of your nativities orange, put a pumpkin in it, sell it for Halloween. Put a turkey in another, sell it for T'giving.

Make some quick whimsical pieces for consignment if you have a friend doing any shows between then and now. How about a three-angel mobile? Or three "brujas"?

Give ceramics classes at the "Y"?

 

posted by majroj on August 27, 2005 at 4:31 PM | link to this | reply

I'm afraid clay is not my medium...
not at this time anyway.  I took a 3d art course once and all I managed to make in clay was a replica of the "Rolling Stones" tongue and lips...  Everyone thought I was a prevert... (the tongue was really realistic!)

posted by homegirl on August 27, 2005 at 1:28 PM | link to this | reply

arielly, thanks for the input, I shall hit your blog later today.

I used to make things that didn't sell well before working in clay, but then my things began to sell so well, that I was overworked and I tried this Chinese replica thing, to earn money without working at it 24/7. That part is going very well, but no royalty checks until late September or the first week of October.

My tummy hurts. Thanks for reading and commenting.

posted by benzinha on August 27, 2005 at 12:40 PM | link to this | reply

benzinha

I do sympathise.

At one time, I was a woodturner, and I used to hump my stuff all over the place ; stand there all day, and maybe take £5. Heartbreaking!

People could buy Taiwanese junk for half the price, or less of the things that I made. About all I got out of it was a double hernia from schlepping heavy stuff, and a stall about.

If you're really finding it hard to make ends meet, try some of my no-budget recipes on my blog.

And I'm not soliciting for clicks!

Hasta luego!

posted by ariel70 on August 27, 2005 at 12:32 PM | link to this | reply

oh homegirl, if I only had the time.....to make up originals for sale.

I am on a deadline for the November Show in Santa Fe' and it will take every moent of every day and night to make the nativities and them fire them, prep them for painting and then painting them, each teensy tiny piece of each of the ten nativities. I make about 40 pieces for each one.

I am making guilt pieces, those promised and pre-paid, but there is no money in that, as that money is spent and I am just working at keeping a good reputation.

I managed to get one, just one piece made for sale to my friend's store, she who sells my originals, and it's only worth about $40 to me. Sigh.....

I need a clone.

I saw your Diva fashions, I follow your links always to keep up on your sales and murals and paintings, etc. I am amazed at all that you get done. Wanna work in clay with me??!?!?

posted by benzinha on August 27, 2005 at 12:29 PM | link to this | reply

on benz...

that scares the crap out of me... I have to admit not being THAT dedicated to my craft...

As a matter of fact lately I have been selling clothes for plus size women (fullsizediva on Ebay) instead of selling art.

Although my husbands income pays the bills, I still need to see an income to be pleased with myself)

I don't know how you do it... Perhaps you could think about creating every other item you make for immediate resale...

One for the future... one for now.  Make up a line of originals that are unrelated to get some income??? NO?

posted by homegirl on August 27, 2005 at 12:13 PM | link to this | reply

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