Last week, I took up Andrew Watt’s book recommendation and realized how I could use the skill in both my esoteric and mundane hobbies. If nothing else, duplicating the diagrams in the book will give me something to focus on when the pains of the past try to strangle me in the present.
So I was not surprised in the least about dreaming last night of drawing out a circle, inscribed square, and even dissecting the square into a 3×3 grid of 9 smaller squares as I reconstructed the shoal sigil using only a ruler and compass. It was a delightful dream and I quite enjoyed it completely.
When I woke up, I realized just how infuriating and self-defeating it would be to do exactly that for the mini-book.
I have a wicked perfectionist streak. If I can’t do it “right” the first time, then why am I even trying. Right? (I know why I have that mindset, and this is not the place to speak on it.)
I’ll be frank with you, dear Reader, the key difficulty with adding the sigil to the mini-book hasn’t been time, materials, or resolve. It’s been me. It was my desire to take pictures of the sigil as I put it together like how I did with the time-management seal and then make a post update with those pictures for you.
It hasn’t worked out that way.
It took me nearly the entire day of completing other tasks to work out why.
I forgot who I was completing this challenge for.
I’m sure I could stretch this post into a two thousand word monologue that would be absolutely useless for the initial purpose of the post, so I’ll bring everything to a sweet and short end.
In the dream of constructing the sigil with ruler and compass, once I was done, the pencil marks faded and only the ink remained. Tonight, I duplicated that final work using more efficient but less elegant methods. It has been added without pomp or ritual to the mini-book to continue encouraging me to a damn good cup of coffee in the morning along with the other “boats” I am hoping the tide will also lift.
I have no pictures for you. You’ll just have to trust that I did it, and that I did it in good time.