I think that I'm finally ready to retreat from the stillness and engage. I began reading an interesting psychology/astrology-esque book, Relating: An Astrological Guide to Living with Others on a Small Planet, by Liz Greene. So far, the text is quite interesting and insightful, blending astrology and psychology into an exploration of how we treat and understand others. However, there are some psychological jargon and concepts that I had to reread a few times in order to grasp (oh, the woes of intellectual intangibility), but 16 pages in, I am enjoying it. It makes sense. It's a brand new world for me: psychology plus astrology--the latter of which I have always been interested in, but also skeptical of. FYI: I'm a Scorpio. Can you tell?
About half of what is said about people born under the astrological sign Scorpio is what I would describe myself as (Greene says that one person can be described in numerous ways, by different people, which is colored by one's ego and projections). According to Wikipedia, Scorpio is an introverted sign. Check. Astrology Online says Scorpios dislike "shallow relationships, flattery and flattering" etc., and "In their everyday behavior they give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of activity, yet those who know them will recognize the watchfulness that is part of their character." Check. Zodiac Signs Astrology says, "Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more then meets the eye." Um, yeah. But as I've said, I'm a skeptic--one who has mellowed out since marriage, or so I think (you'd have to ask my husband about that one). However, I do believe that we are born with certain innate characteristics that we are unable to change, even if we tried fervently to do so. Nature and nurture. With an emphasis on nurture.
Turning gears, this week I've been contemplating and brainstorming new ideas for my Etsy shop. I've been trying to figure out how to sell my shop and its inventory in a more effective way besides (expensive) ads. That, blended with a multitude of new ideas flooding my brain--and too much inventory. Ideas are sprouting out that just need a good watering and TLC, some refinement. Also, materials are taking over desk space--leaving me about 2 feet to rest my arms, books, computer on--which further jumbles my thoughts.
So that leaves me to wonder: Do all creative minds work like this, or is this a sign of manageable madness and disorganization?
Today, I further reduced the price of my SALE section items. Sale items are an additional 50 cents to 2 dollars less than they were yesterday--these prices are staying, indefinitely.
Next month marks my first-year anniversary as an Etsy seller and buyer. I'm not very good at celebrating, I must admit. I did, though, finally decide on having a very generous coupon code for the month of November. Stay tuned--my blog readers will get a sneak peek of the sale in a very near future blog post, plus some free goodies to go with their purchase(s)!
A few late afternoons ago, the sky looked like it was punctuated by razor marks, and shone through the billowing clouds in straight, bright blue streaks: