Aries 13° (April 2)


Back in the day I had a friend whom I’d always punk on April Fool’s Day. I always miss him on that date e.g. yesterday.  I want to use today to really talk myself through this project at hand because it’s important. I had set up the fact that the creator and the company are one.  TK is the creative offspring of company founder and designer JL, long a leading voice in fashion, with many successes to her credit, who understands what women want and need from their wardrobe. Her industry experience, refined esthetic and artisanal expertise combine to create a clever and beautiful collection of clothing that liberates, motivates and celebrates the wearer. Just as true craftsmanship goes into each individual piece in the TK line, ingenuity abounds, too, in the overall creative concept of the collection: To provide the customer a highly functional selection of styles, as beautiful as they are wearable, which will breeze them through the day into night, suiting all career and social settings, to far off places and across international date lines. Anyway that made a start. There isn’t much text from years past to put into this entry today so hopefully I will get some thoughts down here, even if it is more about the project on which I’m currently working. We are very fortunate that we can make these things happen as we go. I should probably get an invoice out tomorrow. I will have to find it but I know it is here somewhere. All such things will run through my head as I isolate and self-medicate and process the would-be joy in the sorrow of this time.

I have been in pattern of falling asleep around eight and waking up nigh on midnight. Then staying awake for a few hours and then going back and forth, in and out of sleep. Great time to remind myself of the larger Game of Thrones plotlines, with the sound off, just as a refresher. I do need a way to stay connected with folks. I should be trying to send 100 people a day their eBook, if I can. That might be a great help then again who knows. The widgets we do because the widgets we can; but with a whole new book now on the horizon, I will need to streamline my experience to be all about specific subjects in writing. Happily there will be a great deal of dovetailing going on. I spent the morning in ablutions and then we had a client and then one who really needed guidance on the fly. We had lovely avocado toasts for lunch (me, with provolone) and I had prepared a mushroom barley only to realize my grain had expired, so I will use farro instead and see what happens. I have prepped a chowder for tomorrow and the way I’m approaching the kitchen is sort of the way I’m approaching everything. I decided to recycle 2019’s intros for the book, switching out 2017, only because they are largely done and so few readers have seen them in comparison to what I hope will happen in 2021. We are cooking up a whole new vibe. I look forward to more New England an experience, just as Paris takes precedence in the real estate of my life. I did some nice work this morning on the branding project and everything is sort of happening all of a piece.

I do think isolating is a great time not to. I for one am aware of how little a lockdown effects me because I work at home in any case, writing and consulting clients, virtually, in the main and I tend to do big food shops every fortnight and plan menus in advance for at least a week at a time, because running a business and doing more creative career work plus a consultancy plus cooking and cleaning requires a certain level of Zen-style multitasking. But I am typically asocial and in a bubble much of the time. Which is what social distancing has made me realize: I’m forever social distancing and, once this blight is over, I’m going to work harder on staying connected with people. Anyway this is what I wrote TK is a cohesive collection of items, all of which have an extraordinary stand-out quality. Each piece in the collection is designed to be a cherished staple of ones wardrobe, to be a go-to, signature article of clothing a woman wears often and over many years. TK is a collection through which the wearer can express her own style and make a bold statement: She values a modern design, with an subtly dramatic flair; she appreciates an ease that’s fused with elegance, and she prizes freedom and movement, in both the functional feel and fluidity of a garment, and the sheer motivation she experiences wearing the collection. As a working woman on the move in an appearance-driven industry, JL understands first hand the need to be on the go, and to look good doing so. Designing TK to travel well is also top of mind for L, who like most women, are forever trading one mode of transportation for another, whether on the town or internationally bound. And the fact that TK gets the balance right between X and Y, Y and Z, the clothing collection transports a woman from one setting to another, allowing her to sartorially slip into one role or another, easing her seamless transformations.

The following blocks of texs are exceprts from my first year of  Blagues, nos. 66-70.  I am reading through all my Blagues, five per day, and posting some samples here. Now, in my sixth year of writing this Blague, but the time I get to my seventh, I will have through all the daily Blagues of my first five years. If that’s confusing I apologize:

I don’t always succeed but I strive for my Libran archetype; sometimes being ordered, balanced, principled and, even, so highly conscious, isn’t as much fun as the alternative. We can’t all be like Libra Sting and do yoga and meditate between playing madrigals on a lute; sometimes we’ve got to let loose and let Dionysus. That said, there are great benefits to the clarity that is unrivaled in the Libran experience. Apollo is god of light, lest we forget; he slays the Python, a Chotonian image if there ever was one—he rules the world of glaring, righteous, if not angelic light—Libra is the s cardinal-air sign, which translates to light and all that means—enlightenment, theories and prophesy, ideas and ideals, principles, high precepts, goodness and righteousness. So why would Daphne rather be a tree than even date Apollo? It’s likely he’s just too much. I mean talk about having great expectations. Pip from Dickens’ tale of the same name, or even Linus (the name of Apollo’s orator son in mythology) waiting on that pumpkin, Libra has high standards, expectations and demands, as soaring as the straightest Doric column or collonade of trees. And what Libra do you know about whom you can’t with some frequency say: They’re too much?


To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol may at times be one degree higher than the one listed here. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°,  for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360  degrees spread over 365/6 days per year—so they nearly, but not exactly, correlate.


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