I’ve said it before – April is the cruellest month. This winter was so long, my usual February low didn’t hit me until April. The dark days and the cold weather caught up with me when I came back from London – which was a resounding success, btw.
My mum loved it, and investing in some mother-daughter-quality time with lots of sightseeing, galleries, eating out and even a musical show, really paid off. Not a single moment of tension or discord. We had a great time together, and I have decided to take my mum on a mother-daughter-trip every year, now. However, once she had left again, I somehow stumbled into a dark hole. There was a lot of soul-searching, doubting and recalibrating, but at the end of it, I finally emerged with a smile.
There were two things that really helped. 1) Spring time finally arrived in Ireland. We had three beautiful *summer* days in Dublin last week, weather fit for wearing t-shirts and for digging out the window boxes. Within a matter of two days, the trees in the park opposite suddenly started sprouting leaves. And with that, somehow my mood became lighter, too. 2) I had a lovely e-mail correspondence behind the scenes with a new (for me) fellow fan. J___ had attended the NIFF events three weeks ago, and on the back of that requested one of our fandom badges. (Which leads me to ask – did any of my attending fandom friends actually sport their badges in Newcastle?) I answered morosely, but undeterred J___ kindly attempted to lift my spirits with some questions and some private insights. If you are reading this: Thank you, J___!
And so I emerged with a smile and a reinvigorated urge to do some creative fan work. Three shrines burst out in quick succession.
What an effect a little bit of self-imposed absence can have… Sneak peek:
Staying with the theme “emerging with a smile”, the minty springfresh RAPS in the picture above is today’s presentation.
Yum yum kiss kiss. What could be inside?
A social butterfly *coughs* emerges. The smile says it all… I needed a bit of silly fun, and continued the theme accordingly.
Yep, the goofiness is one of the things that I actually quite like about Mr. A. I’ll light a candle to that.
And that man is acting in a horror/thriller? Hard to believe… Personally, I’d prefer him to explore his comedic side in a professional project, rather than all this dark stuff like horror flick The Lodge and recently announced audio book thriller Their Lost Daughters, but in the absence of that, I’ll just consult my poison cabinet of dorky duds…
Does this make *you* smile? Does *Armitage* make you smile? If not, what *does*?
In any case, Guylty’s back in business. With a smile.