December 13, 2023

It’s more like me to have an idea that I won’t follow through on than it is for me to see one of them through. There are a number of reasons for this, one being that I have too many ideas. This doesn’t stop me from preparing myself to eventually get to the project and complete it. I have a lot of tools and even more materials for projects that I had the idea for.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Serious things are happening, and people are suffering. These problems are long-standing and complex.

At work, I’ve been feeling powerless. Things are happening around me, not with me. I’m not sure what to do about it. My response has been to simply back off and try to not get involved. I still complain and act passive-aggressively, however.

The workshop offers me a space to be creative in. It’s a place where I can explore my ideas, collect the the things I need to see them through, and store them, too.

About a month ago I ordered a laser engraver. There was a Black Friday sale on and I thought I was getting a good deal so I just went ahead and bought it. Turned out that it was a dud. For the last month, I’ve been back and forth with the company over email trying to get the problem fixed. There’s no local outlet so the only option for communication is email. Finally, I sent it back for a return. They replied saying that I should follow up with them because they are afraid they might forget to process the return once the package arrives.

I’ll email them tomorrow.

In the midst of all this, and in the heat of my frustration, I bought another laser engraver. This time, I spent more money and bought it off of Amazon. I wanted to be able to return it easily if it didn’t work. Turns out, it works.

With all that’s been happening in the world and a feeling of powerlessness that’s been sitting with me, I decided that I’d try to do something. All I want is to do more than nothing. It breaks my heart to see people suffering so mercilessly, especially the children. I don’t understand any of the conflicts well enough to speak to their complexities or moral standing.

I don’t know how the idea came to be, but I decided to make keychains to sell in an effort to raise some money to donate to charity. I searched the internet over a few days looking for rules about how to do this sort of thing but came up with nothing. I decided to do it anyway. I asked my sister what charity to donate to and I asked Hannah to approve the designs of the keychains.

AI churns out designs based on text prompts I feed it. The laser engraver “prints” the keychains. It’s brilliant.

I do use the laser engraver in the bathroom because of the vent fan and to keep the cats away from the laser. It’s a bit awkward but also a good time to catch up on some reading.

It’s something more than nothing. It’s simple but interesting enough to hold my attention. It makes me feel good to do. I hope that it goes somewhere.

If you’re interested in purchasing a keychain, please connect with me. You can message me on Instagram.


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