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shutter the front door

Wood, the way God intended it. In slats nailed to bricks. Today I hung some shutters. 

That, in itself, might not be even mildly impressive to some folks, and I'm not going to hold that against them. But does it garner me any more cool points if I say that I made the shutters myself? I mean, I didn't hew the wood or anything. Didn't make the stain from crushed berries, or smelt iron to forge nails. But I did pull a whole bunch of miscellaneous wood, stain, and nails together into something that more than passively resembles wood shutters. For that, I deserve a Coke.

There was something kind of satisfying about this. I'm not saying I had some profound experience, but I did have a few zen moments. I like this "build things with my hands" stuff. I do it, from time time, and I always enjoy it. I should do it more.

I spend an awful lot of time in front of a computer, and it serves me well. I make a pretty good living, tapping away at keys all day. My income is derived from the word goo that I scrape from the inside of my brain, and that is a career that suits me just fine. But then there are times when I build something, and the sense of "creating" is there, equally as strong, but the flavor is different. 

I think it's good to switch things up every now and then. Frankly, the whole time I was cutting, hammering, painting, and nail-gunning, I had half a dozen stories, songs, taglines, headlines, articles, and other ideas sifting through my brain. The reflex to create turns on that switch in my head, so even though the tools and the output are different, the energy is the same. 

Weird, huh?

Anyway, it's 10p.m. and I'm writing. Which means this is probably, in large part, incoherent babble. I'm a morning person. I don't do nighttime writing. But I wanted to try to keep my streak up, contribute something real for today, and maybe make someone think. That's a good post, if it happens. I like posts like that.

And frankly, I just want to show off my handiwork. I'm proud of those painted slats of wood attached to brick. They're like a coffee-colored, cedar headline, hanging out there for all the world to see. Cool.


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A makerspace of my own

I'm thinking about renting a workshop.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm never satisfied with just one project. I love writing, and I do it as constantly as a fella can, but there are times when it just isn't enough to satisfy my creative urge. So I take on other little projects. I photograph, I design, I film, and I build.

The problem is, most of my projects require a space, and space is something I find myself lacking these days. I have a great office space, where I can write and tinker on small things, but nowhere to really cut loose with the power tools. I need a workshop.

At the moment, though, I don't have the first clue how to go about finding and renting a space. I know approximately what I can afford, but not whether that's a realistic rate for a bit of workspace. And I have no idea, at present, where to look to find something with the requirements I have.

So here's what I'm looking for:

- Open space for working on larger projects (maybe car-sized-ish)
- Power to run various power tools
- Space for tool and material storage
- Space for setting up lights and backdrops for video and photography
- A separate space (or an area I can section off) where I can set up couple of computers and other office-y equipment

I guess I'm asking for a lot, actually. Especially since I'm not willing to pay thousands of dollars a month for this space, and I may not even have any paying projects going on there.

Actually, that last bit is just dumb ... I know me. I will definitely try to make money on anything I do there. It's just my nature.

Anyway, I'm looking for a space. If anyone has any tips on finding one, lemme know.


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