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Nestwatch #1

Four eggs now--I'm not sure, but I think one might be new. Could be wrong, though. It's definitely a Carolina wren nest, because I went out to look at a flower, and one came bopping out of the nest and proceeded to cuss me roundly in Wren. So they're definitely still using the nest, and man, can they scream when they're irritated.

I'm so excited.

The brown-headed nuthatches have fledged, and there is a small, almost spherical one hopping up and down angrily and yelling--an almost mechanical, staticky sort of chatter, like a blast of off-white noise--on a stub of branch a few feet up from the deck, while the adult patiently flies between my sunflower seed feeder and the branch to shove seeds down its darling offspring's throat.

And I should be working, so that's it for now.

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This is utterly, utterly random, but I am starved for contact from other artists, so I have a question for you-- when did you start keeping sketchbooks? And how many have you filled since then?

I feel like a freak sometimes because I am a lot more prolific than any of my friends, but I also feel like I don't draw enough. I'm really curious how much time other people spend on their sketchbooks. Maybe no artist can ever really draw/paint/etc. 'enough', though. I seem to recall you mentioning 'sketchbook number 80' a while back, but that may haev been someone else on my friends-list...

Well, I started keeping them when I decided to Learn To Draw, around seventeen or so, which was--god help me--a decade ago now.

Couldn't even begin to guess how many I've filled--there's a box that weighs more than I do with "Old Sketchbooks" scribbled on it that lives in my studio. Over a dozen, certainly, probably less than twenty-five.

These days, while I have a sketchbook, it's now a Random Doodles book--all my serious sketching is done digitally, and so my productivity on the sketchbook front has slowed significantly. My current one's lasted a year so far.

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