Tolkien quote: If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it's my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.

i. I loved this photo that I shot with my iPhone last week; you can’t even tell that it wasn’t supposed to be blurry, thanks to the grunge textures I put on it. (I use Snapseed for most of my in-camera photo editing.) The composition seemed to call for a quote, so here you go.

ii. As promised, there was a new City of Bridges post last week. I am tempted to not link to it, because I don’t think it’s all that interesting. I couldn’t even come up with a better title than, “At the Gatehouse.” But there you go. I do rather like the chraracters introduced…

iii. Also in personal-project-type-links, I started a Tumblr to focus on crafty-things. Part of the impetus was to get some solid experience working Tumblr (for professional reasons), but I also thought it’d let me do more WIP progress type things, without cluttering up the blog pages or scaring away my Facebook friends. So far, it is reminiscent of LiveJournal back in the day, but different, too. The “blog community” thing is there, but there’s more reblogging than commenting. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. The Tumblr account is Making Artifacts, if you’re interested in visiting (it does not require an account to view). Right now, it’s mostly crochet, because it’s my current obsession, but art journaling has made an appearance, as did a recently-finished cross stitch piece.

Welcome to February!