Rabbit Hole

Too much on my plate. Learning to say no. Helping people. Doing things that aren’t in line with your creative path.  These are all things that need to be addressed in my life and I’m guessing in yours as well.Lauri Novak Photography

I’ve been at Level 11 in the Arcanum since May. I just need to take 10 new images and complete a critique to level up. But … it seems the summer is almost over and I barely have 9 images to share with my master. To be fair, I had major project kick off in May that is only now nearing completion and I started an online course toward another industry certification (I’m in computer security) that I hope will help me land new work and I am the program manager for a local computer group and …. yeah. You get the point.

Two Questions

Maid of the Mist

Today we’d love to ask you two questions.

The first one is for fun. The second one is more serious.

First: if you could have any skill or knowledge, what would it be?

Anything goes here, as long as it’s humanly possible. No superpowers. If you think x-ray vision might be humanly possible, that’s fine, but please explain why in your answer.

There is an inquisitive thing inside me that yearns to understand everything about everything. It wants so see and do and experience everything. To follow it's curiosity where ever it leads and to spread a hunger for the same.

Next: what specific skills or knowledge are you working to gain right now?

List up to three if you’re working on multiple things at once.

Right now I am working on regaining lost knowledge. I set my technology inquisition aside a few years ago and I want to restart my journey. I am currently enrolled in an intense pen testing course that I am hoping will force me to regain what I had lost and prepare for further adventures. The reward for completing this training is that I can become an Offensive Security Certified Professional.

I am learning in other areas as well. I have had some setbacks but I am well on my way to completing my journey in The Arcanum. The goal is to raise my level of mastery with my photography, to be expert enough to produce art that can be framed and sold.

Then, here’s a follow-up question (and something for you to ponder):

If your answers to question #1 and #2 are the same, congrats on “walking the walk.” Do you think your sights are set high enough?

If your answers are different, why aren’t you working towards what you answered in question #1?

Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to hear your answers.

Also, if you answer the questions, please share this post with a friend or on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to get as many answers to this question as possible with your help.

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I think my answers are in alignment. Do you?

The Arcanum Sphere 1, Level 11

Water, Gorge, Rocks, Tree

It's taken me almost four months to get to Sphere 1 in the Arcanum. The brutal winter that swept through New Jersey from December through February limited my access to the outdoors. The pressures of project commitments also added to the delay. In fact I suspended my membership for two month and only stared up again in May.

I am looking forward to continuing my journey with a bit of apprehension. What will I learn? What will I accomplish? What challenges -- mental and physical -- will I have to overcome?

I have new apprenticeship challenges from my Master.

Please be reminded to submit a 2-3 paragraph discussion on your Sphere 1 focus areas and/or project to me before continuing on in Level 11.

I'm still trying to figure this out.