Friday, December 16, 2016

Goodbye 2016

This year was a shit storm. Actually, I think a literal shit storm would have been preferred to everything that happened this year.

That being said, here's the good stuff. I've finished my first book and am in the process of finding representation. In bad news I have no representation. My book is designed to take the white vanilla audience and lead them into a world of diverse sexualities and culture. Problem is... it starts slower than current popular books tend to. Book one is all "look this is so safe and familiar" then book two goes "oh look at all these dark corners" and the third will be "it's too late to turn back, you're stuck . Look at all the alternative lifestyles now filling that once vanilla ice cream." Because furthering compassion, understanding, empathy, and making a strike against isolation is my entire writing goal. All these things are entirely irrelevant if my story sucks though, and I'm incapable of objectivity when it comes to this, as hard as I may try. I honestly don't think anything I've done is BAD... but perhaps it's simply not good enough. Sigh.

As for my nerd life updates: I've started playing D&D. Actually I'm the DM. I suck at the game aspects, but I'm good with story improvising, so it evens out so far. My husband is really game technical on it all and may end up DMing the next one. I've taken to painting miniatures for the adventure and fucking love it.

After the massive crochet blanket I made for my sister's wedding gift last year I swore off yarn for a while. Then, after the loss of my grandmother, I decided to make two more (the granny squares in the middle were handed down by her). One for my mother and one for me. Here's what's soon to be my mom's (unfinished). Cats are sleeping on the original one for my sister.

 I also made one of my best friends a giant carrot pillow for her birthday. Don't ask. The important part is that she loved it.

I participated in GISHWHES again this year (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen), but for the last time. Turns out having a full-time creative job means I'm less inspired for a wacky scavenger hunt. Doesn't help that I really only manage the team. Still, here's my best art item from it (a butterfly bra for assisting a charity. Mine is in the coffee table book).

Otherwise the majority of my year was spent writing, editing, revising, rewriting, and pulling out my hair. I DO have something very special that I've been waiting to share for over a year, BUT I have to wait until my book is going to be published so I can use them to help promote my work. Here's a small hint:

The real deal is SO MUCH COOLER.

Anyway if you still follow this blog, cheers mate. I'm not dead, but I'm not sure I'm exactly "living" either.

Until next time!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I'm not dead!

Please don't hate me. I'm working on rewriting, editing, and (hopefully) publishing my first book, so I quite honestly forget this blog exists. That being said I have in no way forgotten about my crafting hobbies. Let me share some of my 2015 adventures!

First, I got a bunny. OMG BUNNY! 

I made this stupid *censored* *censored* queen sized *censored* blanket as my sister's wedding gift.




The loving couple modeling their gift:
 I know it's crazy colors, but if you knew my sister you'd know how well it works for her. 

I'm still doing yoga. Knocked it up a notch and teach under a black light with dubstep.

And just recently I'm undertaking the designing of mandalas for henna work, and learning how to paint with watercolors. Then, you know, that whole book writing thing. Mustn't forget that. 

Stay nerdy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Read This Book!

This book is epic. Yes, I know the author, and yes, I know what happens. YOU WANT TO READ THIS. It's free for a limited time, read it, write a review, buy it when it's out. First of five, brace yourself, the author has a twisted mind and loves to play with her food so to speak hehehe.

Download HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Toothless 2.0

I've been crafting to make a little extra Christmas money (since I haven't been working yet) and tadaa!

Three new cuties!

Similar glory to the previous model. 

Ridiculously cute face.

Impressive wingspan. 

Look look! They open! 

And to exaggerate the cute:


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wedding Assistant

I spent the last month visiting my family and working on my sister's wedding. She wanted a lot of stuff DIY.... which turned more into "make your sister do it."

I did manage to sneak away to VanCon (a Supernatural convention for those who don't know) while I was there.

Here's the run down of my crafting and assistance:

Most of a day carving a stamp.

Canned some homemade jam. Topped it with the stamped fabric. I also made the chalk signs and wrote the various instructions for multiple tables.

Days and days of set up. I also sewed the table runners and hand dyed the napkins and runners to match. I then wrapped forks in said napkins and tied them with a little bow. Oh and I was in charge of flowers so I worked on all the table pieces, boutonnieres, corsages, and a bit on the bouquet. 

I also spent time making ribbon garlands and hanging them all around the farm.

(When that was done I flew with to Minnesota where my sister's new in-laws live for a reception. 
It's been a busy month.)

For VanCon I cosplayed Abaddon.

I hand painted the shirt since I was too cheap to buy a proper one. I'm actually rather proud.

And my favorite photo op with Osric Chau, who also enjoys a good cosplay.