New Starts

I had a productive weekend despite the lure of the too seldom seen sun, and managed to get a lot of work done.

First, Goodreads (the site for all the book nerds amongst us). This probably could more accurately be described as a work avoidance strategy, but it was still something that I’d wanted to do for some time. I scanned 632 books with a barcode scanner app, and uploaded a .csv to the site. I had thought that I must have over a thousand books, but that’s what it came to (without scanning the downstairs bookshelves – my OCDness is screaming, though, because it is not complete. And then came the task of separating them into shelf categories. Again, work avoidance, but satisfying in a very obsessive-compulsive way.

I reserved several domain names for a new business that I want to start (one of three, actually) and began working on the site. if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that the recession has been tough for P and I. Living in a small village in Staffordshire, we’re not well placed for eCommerce/Marketing Manager positions, which all seem to be on the other end of the country. As a conswequence, I’ve been thinking about a total career change. The money would be tough to give up (as a web project manager I can earn £50k-£70k, theoretically, although I’m earning substantially less in this position). But I’m absolutely miserable. So, one of the plans is to go back to high-end portrait photography. Not wedding and high street photography, mind you – I’m talking proper portraits on stretched canvas, with my artwork both digital and traditional. I’ve always wanted to do fantasy portraits, both of children and also boudoir. Not cheap-n-cheesy boudoir, but elegant fantasy portraits that you would display proudly – even if only in the bedroom.

For instance, a portrait of my niece:


I did find that it is quite difficult to do a site for fairytale children’s porttraits and fantasy boudior…I have a creepy vibe going on right now. I may need to rethink this. :)

I also played a bit of Rift, and gave Forsaken World another try. Nope…it’s beautiful, but ultimately empty. Since I’d purchased the recent content for Fable III, I loaded that up as well, but spent the time before bed trying to remember where everything was, how I got back to my personal room, and so on. So, not much gaming but hopefully some profitable work.

New starts are always exciting.


  • Ty

    How would that work? Would you be willing to take existing photographs (for people who live too far away) and put them into artwork like that?

    If so, I would totally get something like that done for my wife.

  • Ravven

    Hey Arani!!! :) By all means, my first customer.

    Any Ty? No, this would be primarily photography, so I would take the photos. But it gives you and your wife an excuse to visit England. :D

    It will take a while to build up a studio, so it will be some time before I have 1) a proper studio to shoot in and 2) the right equipment. The kid stuff I can do outside, with just reflectors and so on, so that is my start.

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