Green Timekeeping

Another Christmas has come and gone, and this year’s presents included an eco-friendly watch from Sprout. Mine (which isn’t pictured on the company’s website) is a purple cotton band, a purple and white face, with a black raven sitting on a branch.

I’ll likely doctor up the lavender band a touch with these paint markers and either add some scrollwork or branches and more crows/magpies/ravens. The band is a bit “too” simple for my tastes. The watch is, indeed, eco-friendly. A bamboo dial, plastic made out of corn resin, and a cotton band. (Also: allergy-free.) The box I can turn into a mini-garden; it even came with a packet of grass!

I have a solar-powered affair, a white watch from Casio, but I’m always forgetting how to ensure the date/time are correct. (Which is funny, considering there’s even an eHow article on the subject.) And another art watch that’s so springy (the season, not the bounce), my wrist turns green when I wear it.

Haven’t really worn a watch much last year but — and this is a big “but” I suppose — wearing one means I don’t have to check my phone and, subsequently, get distracted by other notifications when I see the time. Being plugged in is a necessity for what I do, so it’s something I have to manage. After all, writing and beading and art — in any capacity — requires little to no internet, unless I’m using search for reference material.

To wear or not to wear… A watch. That is the debate.

    Mood: Post hot buttered rum blah.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Enough to counteract the millions of pounds of fudge I ate.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Da gym. (Not to be confused with da bears.”
    In My Ears: Willie Defeated the Batman Beyond soundtrack
    Game Last Played: Tetris
    Movie Last Viewed: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    Latest Artistic Project: Holiday gifts
    Latest Release: “The Button” We Are Dust anthology

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

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