About Go* Exploring:

In 2016 my word of the year was explore.  (Thus, the not-so-pithy title of this blog.)

For 2017, my word revealed itself as STORY.  It's fitting on two levels: 1) because I'm a storyteller, and 2) when you explore, you bring back stories.  It seemed like a logical progression.

I've had other blogs before.  Including blogs from the olden days of the internet where we called them online journals and all participated in webrings and uploaded our entries that we hand-coded in HTML via FTP every single day, because we were all exhibitionist-masochists.  Or, y'know, because there wasn't nifty software to do all of this for us.  I wrote scr@wls, Atropine, Blue Bicycle, and Saper Vedere in the old days.  And I had a livejournal.  Because that's what you did back in the ancient internet histories.

These days, I'm just kind of loving the idea of having one digital place to keep all my weird rambling.  A place to keep ideas and projects and writings and art things and lists of things that all make my heart go a little bit faster.

All the things I'm exploring, and the stories I'm telling, as the case may be.

Some may be finished things, some may never get finished.  Or started, even.

All I know is that people who start projects and never finish them are still infinitely cooler than people who never start anything and just sit around wishing they did.

About the artsybits:

I have a long-term thing going on that I work on sporadically.  I'm trying to fill up 100 small canvases that I got once, in a fit of Paint All The Things.  They're painted intuitively, with acrylic on 6"x6" canvases, and each one has a story.

I like stories.  I write stories, when I'm not sitting around with inky, painty fingers.  So I just let whatever the paint blobs want to be sort of develop themselves and tell me their stories as they do.

When I'm not channeling imaginary stories, I'm keeping dubious numbers of sketchbooks, playing with watercolor, and drawing all the things.

About me:

I'm in my mid-forties, which still astonishes me, since I'm pretty sure my brain stopped getting older in roughly 1989.  Or earlier.  I'm a chronic Starter of Things, and Writer of Stories.  I literally ran away with the circus in 2004 and married him.  I love dogs and rocks and forests.  I make things all the time.

I'm currently living in the most beautiful place on earth and have no plans to leave, unless I decide to get a teardrop trailer and roam the country one of these days.  Which I very well might do.

My shadow side is depression and anxiety, which comes up a lot, even when I don't talk about it.  (In fact, when there are long pauses between entries, the chances are that I've been wrestling with that particular dragon.  It's an ongoing quest, and one that I don't always win.)

The mockingbird's my spirit guide, the snake's my totem.  I'm addicted to fountain pens and ink.  I read a lot.  I'm a member of the Wander Society, enthusiastically so.

In early 2016, I did an exercise for an online class where we had to come up with a personal motto.  Mine is more succinct than I'm usually able to be:


What else is there?

(edited to add:  I believe very strongly in the philosophy of promoting what you love instead of bashing what you hate.  Spread the things that make you happy; bashing stuff is a waste of time, and unnecessarily hurtful.  Be a light instead of a snarky idiot.

By that note, you won't find much bashing here.  There may be a little bit of I didn't like this because, but I'm much more likely to not say anything if I don't like something.  Fair warning: I'm super enthusiastic about the things I do like.)
© G O * E X P L O R I N G Maira Gall.