In the last weeks of 2018, I pulled my dusty 10-gallon
aquarium off the top shelf of the closet, and inventoried the extant remains of
my tank accessories and supplies. I filled the aquarium with conditioned water
and pieces of hardscape, and seeded it with some organic matter to jumpstart
the cycling of the system. Then, I waited.
Last week, following a four-day journey in the mail from an
aquatic nursery in Hereford, AZ, the plants arrived. So it begins.
Back in the day, I had a blog on Blog City, a UK-based service. There was a real blogging community in Washington, DC with meet-ups IRL (in real life). There were a number of competing services back then all of whom eventually were under pressure to monetize. When Blog City started to nickel-and-dime its users, I let the blog lapse. I remember that LJ and Blogger were popular; WordPress was the darling of geeks.
Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones fans, it was a minor hiccup at best-most clicked the new link and never looked back.
These were embargoed until after Christmas.
Remembering Flopsy Among Live Oaks. 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 15”.
Luna at the Love Spot Vanquishes the Platypus Plush Toy. 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 18” x 12”.