This is not a real update. I have a cold, a late (albeit unintentional) x-mas gift from Rob. Plus we've had a continously replenishing supply of houseguests, and a handful of parties--birthday, New Year, and otherwise. Not a recipe for blogging.
I write. I create. I put some of that here. Read at your own risk. If there were an ampersand code for a little skull-and-crossbones, I'd totally be using it right now.
The term "aqua fortis" was the alchemical nomenclature for nitric acid, a necessary component in etching onto zinc plates for intaglio printmaking. I now use copper plates and ferric chloride almost exclusively, as they are much less toxic, but I still like the sound of "aqua fortis."