Goals for the next six months. Number one: move into a lovely apartment I can make Design Sponge drool-worthy, due to love, sweat and creativity. Particularly an apartment where I can paint the walls.
Number two: get over having a Bruce Springsteen song-like “gotta get out of here!” attitude because that just keeps you in an angry, negative place. It’s even worse if you’re in a John Cougar Mellencamp song. One way to do it, perhaps, may be by volunteering more.
It’s just hard when you’re at that stage in your life where your choices feel very certain, and that being in one place at this point may mean you’re there for a bit. The fear of getting stuck is pretty terrible. I know one thing for sure, though: I am moving out of this city by the end of the year.
Number three: real writer website. Simple, clean, with links to articles that I’ve written. Hate the fact that The Boston Globe online has done an atrocious job of archiving pieces that I’ve written (yay, being on the cusp of the death of print media/what do we do online) and I need to just scan ‘em and put them up myself. The recent article on Amanda Hocking was super entertaining, for example, because it reminded me when I had to try to wrestle 800 words out of following Brooke Hogan around DEB at the mall. Or following Guy Fieri in a search for a watch at the Copley Plaza. D-listers and the mall: comic gold, world.
Also, Elisabethdonnelly.com belongs to a girl who does a sort of Anne Geddes-like photoshop featuring babies at Stonehenge or something. She’s a good illustrator, though. And apparently goes by “Liz,” according to the watermarking on her site. Which, let’s be honest - is not really a nickname for Elisabeth! (Part of the reason I go by my full name was the realization that Liz is kind of like not calling me by my name.)
The pursuit of a new website requires a new scanner, however, which probably isn’t happening until late July.