Fab Friday 30

Well, this week ended up having quite a bit of maintenance.

  • Had the furnace and heat pump serviced. The defrost isn’t working and the board on the unit needs to be replaced.
  • For the past week, my truck hasn’t wanted to start. I’m writing this from the mechanic shop while it’s being looked at.
  • Our husky’s annual checkup was on Tuesday. Clean bill of health.
  • We put up our Christmas decor at the beginning of the week.

But I was still able to make some progress on the projects.

The Going Ons

I have been talking to a few manufactures starting last week. I received a quote for a plastic injection molded part and I am waiting on an vinyl extrusion quote. All the while I’m still chipping away at the provisional patent for the dispenser.

I’ll be the first admit that I totally underestimated the patent writing process. It’s not that it is difficult. It’s just different. And I don’t want to make a mistake. Plus, as I have said before, the dispenser has been a much bigger challenge than I expected. There are ten times more interacting components that I anticipated. And I don’t have a team working on it like I would at a large company. It’s just me. Sure, I could hire out parts of it, and I will for future projects, but that takes money. My money runway is shorter than my time runway at this time.

But by the end of December, with my provisional patent filed, I should be on my way to finding a manufacturing partner.


  • Patent Writing
  • Adding item numbers to drawings


On the trip to Austin, I listened to Ignore Everybody  and 38 Other keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. I honestly don’t remember anything about it. It could be that I tried to listen to on a plane ride with a 2yr old. So I went ahead looked up some quotes from it to see if it would jog my memory… ah yes, I found one that I liked.

“Writer’s block is just a symptom of feeling like you have nothing to say, combined with the rather weird idea that you should feel the need to say something. Why? If you have something to say, then say it. If not, enjoy the silence while it lasts. The noise will return soon enough.”

I don’t write much any more. Sometimes I try to force myself to write. It almost always doesn’t end well.  For now, I am just waiting until I get that voice back. In the mean time, I have to devote that time to something else creative. That’s what I would like to add this quote. Don’t stop being creative. Don’t stop being productive. Make sure you are using that energy in another area. Just make sure you are using your creativeness.


This week I turned on the Ultimate Indie Playlist from Spotify and really enjoyed it. Check it out.

There is a lot of other music that I am seeing too that I’ll check out.




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