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Getting Off the Struggle Bus

Twice recently, I’ve threatened to take a break [Horses of NYC 2017, What’s Up]. Now, I’m doing it. I’m going to stop blogging for a while.

The previously mentioned reasoning still holds [Up]. I like where the blog is. What I lack is content. Usually by Friday, I have the weekend’s posts written and next week’s ideas drafted.

I have run out of things to say, or for today, things to photograph. Zero in the idea bank. Mental gas tank on empty. I realize this represents a failure of imagination on my part rather than a failure of the universe to supply material.

Yes, weekly/semi-weekly posts are an option, as are intermittent posts. However, I know myself. Without the solid daily deadline, potential posts would dissolve into a puddle of procrastination. Just ask my unwritten, Hugo-winning science fiction novel.

I may be done. I may be back in a week. Quod futurum incertum est. Qui Sait? Reply hazy, ask again later.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Instagram February 2018

Last month’s Instagram from @rodneyssaga. Previous month [January 2018]

Shedding season hath begun.

A post shared by @ rodneyssaga on

Scrape over eye. Picture of innocence in background.

A post shared by @ rodneyssaga on

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Katherine Walcott

What’s Up with Rodney and with the Blog

Sat on a few times. Tense. Back on a short course of stomach meds [All Better. For Now.]. Milton’s surgery stressed the entire household – well, perhaps not cats & dogs; definitely the horses & the people.

Found a possible instructor for Rodney. Need to pull socks up to the point that I am ready for a lesson.

Expect short posts for a while. Still not much to say. Progress occureth, but of the slow, methodical kind, i.e. exciting for participants; snoozefest for onlookers. Again, I thought about a break [Horses of NYC 2017]. But no. Despite the continuing low narrative content, I don’t want to quit:

1) The blog has reached a certain level of habit and momentum. Don’t want to interrupt that.

b) The batshit-crazy angle is still valid [I’m Baaaaaack … With Camera].

3 or c) The side projects have intriguing potential:
Stamps – recently joined a bunch of new associations [Year of the Stamp,
My First Stamp Show].
Photo – the next photo class has actual photo assignments [Foto Friday: Photo Class Without The Photos].
Lettering – have stockpiled at least half an alphabet’s worth of books for lettering [Y is for Yoors].
Road to World Cup – want to read the next installment [Road to the World Cup: Three-Gaited & Five-Gaited. Guest Post].

Bottom line – blog is going well; now I have to do some riding worth writing about.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Horses of NYC 2017

Horses fine. People fine. Narrative content non-existent. There’s only so many posts that I can spin out of nobody going nowhere. I thought about taking a break. Instead, I will use the time to catch up on vacation photos. I hope to return to regularly scheduled programming once I am doing something more riveting than watching Milton graze.

[NYC posts page]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Graphic Design: My First Stamp Show


As I wandered around the AmeriStamp Expo, folks kept asking me, ‘What do you collect?’ I mumbled something about getting started [Year of the Stamp], while thinking, ‘Don’t mind me. I’m just here for the blog posts.’

I watched customers hunched over dealer tables, flipping through boxes and albums, checking the items on offer against lists and notebooks. I made snap judgments about an entire subgroup based on 15 minutes of observation: older, white, male, chatty. I looked at row upon row of stamp competition entrants. People compete with stamps? Why, yes they do. People compete at everything.

I needed a guide through this new world. So, I looked – of course – for a book.


I joined the American Topical Association, resulting in a pile of loot including a huge head start on forming a horse-stamp group.


I learned about cachets – drawings on envelopes – from the American First Day Cover Society.

Year of the Horse First Day Covers. The larger envelope includes all the stamps in the series to that date.


The one thing I didn’t buy was a stamp, other than the ones on the first day covers. The various dealers had hundreds? thousand? hundreds of thousands? of stamps for sale, from buy-’em-by-the-bucket to credit-check-first-please. Unfortunately, stamps are arranged by country, not by ‘Horses, pretty pictures of.’

I wanted to stay longer, but my brain was full.

Interesting Links
Colorful Year of the Horse stamps from Vietnam
Donald Evans painted fascinating, tiny watercolors as stamps from non-existent countries.
Carol Gordon is (was?) an amazing cachet, i.e. envelope, artist. Despite the huge range displayed in a show entry, her work doesn’t have a centralized Internet presence (Please correct me if I’m wrong). Mostly, Google turns up items for sale: Year of the Pig, Edna St. Vincent Millay. This woman’s career is crying out for a web page.
How much of this sudden interest in stamps is due to the blog and how much is personal? I’d say 50/50. I wouldn’t pursue the idea without an outlet, i.e. blog posts. On the other hand, I wouldn’t research and write about an area for content alone. (I would if someone paid me, but that was a previous life.) Stamps are interesting. Stamps will generate blog posts. Win/win. [RS stamp page]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Year of the Dog


For today’s post, I had intended to labor mightily in the vineyards of art to produce a stunning, compelling, virtuoso photograph that distilled the essence of canine.

Instead, you get a impromptu smartphone snap.

Holding a leadrope and reading a book while your horse grazes shouldn’t wear one out. But it does. At least, it does me.

Milton is doing great [Medical Update]. My work? The dishes? The blog? Not so much.

Happy Year of the Dog.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

State of the Blog: In Which I Consider Responsibility to the Reader

Accidental Icon had a recent video interview that pushed her stats through the roof. Now, she is considering how to address the influx of readers, The Last “RE” of the Month. Speaking as a reader, What does she owe us? Absolutely nothing.

Of course, I couldn’t stop at two words. Originally, I intended these thoughts as a comment. Once they grew past a certain size, I decided to not clog her comment section/put the text to use as a blog post. I start with two instances of my involvement with a blogger.

Years ago, I sent a stack of books to a blogger. I thought she would be amused by those titles and I wanted to thank her for the enjoyment I had gotten from her blog. I never heard back. They never arrived? She got them and thought it was creepy? She got them, loved them, and never got around to responding? Oh well. I kept reading.

Later, another blogger asked for help with a project. I sent in my mite. In return, I asked her for a simple heads-up about what phase of the project I was supporting so that I might write a blog post on it. Radio silence. Bye-bye.

In both cases, money was involved. I spent more on the books and postage than on the sponsorship. The difference is that my gift to the first blogger was unsolicited; the second blogger asked for help.

Accidental Icon compares her blog to her classroom, “Just as it is with my students, …” However, we readers are not her students. We have paid no tuition. She is not our professor. The only relationship I have with Accidental Icon is with the words on my screen. What I chose to do with that is on me. Not on her.

With all that said, there are things that I, as a reader, would appreciate.

Be consistent. I come to your blog for a certain topic &/or a certain approach to a topic. While variety is to be encouraged, I don’t want to open Mad Magazine and encounter an insightful political essay from The Atlantic. Or vice versa. You don’t HAVE to do this, but I’m likely to get cranky and walk away if you confound my expectations too often. Again, your blog; you do you. However, you don’t give me what I want, I will vote with my fingers.

Be transparent. Not just about brand tie-ins. You don’t respond to emails? Cool. Say so & we will move on. You plan to respond, but it’s gonna take a while? I’ll wait. You are conflicted on how to deal with a sudden rise in readership. I can respect that. I am also interested in how that works out for you. This is exactly what Accident Icon did with the post that prompted this post, which is why I keep reading her blog [Accidental At Heart].

My Responsibility as a Blogger
Either I value clarity and consistency because it is what I deliver OR I deliver clarity and consistency because it is what I value. Whichever. I will strive to be your daily cupcake in a world that is far too full of kale smoothies [Speaking Out].
Previous State of the Blog posts [List].

Since this is a belated SOTB from January, colors were chosen for the January birthstone, garnet. Color inspiration from the photos at Garnet Quality Factors, although GIA is not responsible for my inability to steer a color wheel.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott