I'm reading The Tattooed Woman by Marian Engel. It's a collection of short fiction. The first story, which the book is named after, deals with a woman who starts cutting lovely patterns into her body and face after her husband reveals he's "in love with" someone else. Yes, it's morbid. But she does it, not to hurt herself but to transform herself. When she's sent, by the husband who sees the scars, to a sympathetic doctor and long time friend, he recommends a vacation; "You should go somewhere hot. It will make a very striking tan."
For whatever reason, I took alot from that final sentence. I started these pieces before I read the story - they're apt though as I found out. It's a sentiment that was timely - it applies to last year for me. Whatever comes this new year, I'm going to take the troubles, the damage that maybe done and make it something striking.
Strike a pose people! It's all good.
Peace, Love and Happy New Year,