Okay, okay. Just keep your pants on. Don’t flip out. I’ve had another project besides writing and doing this blog.

Actually I have a few. I know, you’re mad. You’ve been wanting to read some D.A. Bancroft material for some time. But hey, things is things, and they are how they are. And other isms people say.

These projects are:

1. Social Life

2. Short Term Art/Fun Project

3. Long Term Art/Fun Project

4. Writing

You see, I’ve recently read something that said, “If you want to have an interesting blog, you need to have an interesting life.” Since I’m a very vanilla pudding kind of guy (actually I like chocolate), I’ve decided to spice my life up a little bit. That means good things for me as well as good things for you. So now let me explain some of these projects I have in mind, and you’ll see your interest level in my life rise. Maybe…

1. Social Life

Yeah, I need to keep this in the list because if I neglect it I lose friends. While it’s nice to have you (anonymous stranger) looking into my life, I have to make sure that “real” people are around me and making fun of me. It not only helps keep my head level, but prevents me from feeling like a droopy blob of unfun antics.

2. Short Term Art/Fun Project

I’ve never made art before. Unless you include those macaroni necklaces I made in 1st grade. These weren’t very good. So I’ve decided to try again and make something with my hands. Now I’m not really that talented with my hands, so this could be catastrophe, but I’ve settled on making a “steampunk” styled lamp.

Why steampunk you ask? I guess I’m a fan of the genre. I’ve read a few books (including some Mr. H.G. Wells) and I like how people can rewrite history in a sense. Also, I think it would look reeeaaallly cool if I do a good job. Not to mention, I haven’t seen too many lamps that look how I imagine mine will look. So there you go.

[Now for all you steam punkers out there who will read this and say “Guffaw dear sir, you are not a steam punker, nor are you a cyber punker. You have no right to claim such and your work will be considered buffoonery.” I will retort by saying, “Uhhh…”. This will be said because I do not make any claims that I am a steam punker.] 

I’m making it out of CPVC tubing (I know it’s NOT very steampunk) and I plan on painting it either brass or copper. Maybe I will throw on some doo-hickeys on there to make it look a little more stylish, but I’m not going to spend $600 on making a lamp. Heck, the lamp kit was $10, and that was pushing it.

I plan on updating you all on the progress of this nice little thing as I plug away and learn more about it.

3. Long Term Project

Remember in my contest how I told you about the prizes? Here’s a nice reminder. Well in there I specified that I was going to give the person who won a very important marble and I would talk more about it later.

Well, later has come, and here it is…

I plan on placing a marble in every country in the world.

Yeah. Every. Single. One.


I dunno, seems like it would be fun. Just a cool thought I suppose. There’s something about taking something so valueless, unwanted, and unremarkable, and making it do something awesome. Am I wrong in this? Plus, the item is small for shipping, easy to be obtained (just in case I need more, which I don’t), and pretty (in their own way).

So the winner of our contest is named Peter Fulton. He resides in a very strange and backward country named Canada (I’m not sure how to spell it). Anyway, since this kind man/poet/comedian/Canadian/human (who has a blog that you should totally start reading and subscribing to as soon as you finish reading this) won, he will begin the Marble ‘Round the World Project. I will be sending his prize(s) shortly and then I will scratch one country off the list.

If you too live outside of the United States (or Canada) then please get in contact with me and I will be more than happy to obtain your address and send you a marble. What do you do with the marble if you ask for one? Whatever you want. As long as it stays in the country you live in I will be happy. You can throw it away, put it on your mantle, give it to a very confused child (be wary of choking hazards), or you can cook it and serve it to a family of 5 (choking hazard).

So, let me know if you want in on the fun.

(I also have a friend who will be traveling to Brazil at the end of the year, so…I think she’ll be taking one for me as well.)

4. Writing

Yeah, I haven’t been doing this (as you can tell), but I need to make sure I am actually working on something. So here comes a personal challenge for myself. By next Monday, July 4th (‘Merica!) I will have posted a story. What’s it going to be about? I have no idea. But I’m going to try and make sure that it is complete, edited, and doesn’t have anybody dying in it.

Just a personal goal.

Now that you’re done reading this very long and optimistic post, please read more from Mr. Peter Fulton on his blog. (I totally told him I would promote his blog, so…BOOM, did it twice).

Until next time,