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Nanowrimo Update

November 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Nanowrimo 2011

 

I am at 7272 words. I’m plugging along and am still a bit behind. I’m in Niagara Falls for a weekend getaway with the husband. I will post a travel post soon! The goal is 50000 words. Wish me luck!

 

— Rosey

 

Nanowrimo

October 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Lychee in Winter

November is coming! I am gearing up for a serious Nanowrimo this time around. I want to get this novel rolling. I’m at chapter two. This means I’ll be putting everything else on hold. I’ll be writing full-time for a month. I’ll be itching to embroider and art in December.

— Rosey

Because You Can’t Live Forever

September 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Conversations with the Ryukin (2007)

All of you know by now, I have hilariously rampant creative ADHD. I want to try and learn so many new things. Unless I can live forever or I can clone myself, I cannot take on all the hobbies I want to. This begs the question: How do I determine which new hobby to take on?

First, let’s see what is on my plate at the moment:

  • Beading Embroidery – This is my mainstay and what I will always go back to. I find the picture in my head matches the result. There is something so calming doing the beading embroidery.
  • Drawing – The embroidery has unseated this long time lover for now. Even though I rarely draw now, I still have the urge to do so and I don’t think it’ll ever go away. Drawing is my first love and always will be. I was a regular eBay artist back in 2005-2007. One of the works I made is the picture you see above. For some unfathomable reason, I just stopped drawing. My favourite medium are colored pencils, ink, and watercolours. I really want to take it up again regularly in the future.
  • Doll Sewing – I love sewing for my dolls. I make them custom clothes. I don’t do this on a regular basis anymore since my dolls are put away. Natalie is still a baby and the basement is not done. Once my craft room is finished, I can have my dolls out within reach again and I know I’ll be sewing for them more often.
  • Customizing Trikkys – I still have a bare Trikky waiting to be customized. I want to finish this and perhaps get more to ink work on. I really like the black and white look. It’s an awesome medium.
  • Writing – I still want to rewrite this novel. I need to really get moving in the conception stage with character sketches and world-building and get my ass in gear. Sadly, I get writer’s block often.
Full plate, yes? I still want to take on so much more. The factors I use to determine what to take on are as follows:
  • Money/Finances – Do I have enough money to buy the supplies and tools to properly learn this craft? How much will everything cost in total? Do I need to sell things to justify this hobby?
  • Time – How long will it take to do this activity? Can I just pick it up and work on it anytime? Are there processes in this hobby that require large blocks of time? Can I only do this at night when Natalie is asleep?
  • Degree of Difficulty – How hard is it to start this hobby? Do any of my present skills give me an advantage in pursuing this? Do I have the patience? Is there instant gratification involved?
I am a big sucker for instant gratification. If you see all the hobbies I have on the go, every single one save for writing involves instant gratification. I think this is why writing is such a painful experience for me. I see myself still as a fledgling amateur. My writing style/skill is nowhere near I want it to be. If you want to get into writing, you will realize that instant gratification is a myth. The criteria above helped me choose miniatures over customizing of Blythes as my next hobby. I definitely will blog about my experience in making miniatures when I get started. I hope the criteria works for you as well if you are planning or hoping to pursue something new.
— Rosey

When Something Goes Wrong

August 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Chanel - Romantic Alice Pullip

 

So I was totally gungho in doing this Pullip niche project! I bought the box and have a total list of supplies I bought with a manageable budget. Then I did more research. I realized I was totally in way over my head. I’m a perfectionist and when I start a project, I want the end result to meet my standards. This project will not turn out the way I want it to because there are very little or no playscale items that meet the aesthetic standard I am looking for and because of the previous point, I will have to build everything I want and I don’t have the time, space, and funds to do so at this point.

I will use the box I bought and turn it into a fat quarter stash box. I will be taking pics and doing a quicky tutorial for that. I feel a little disheartened because building a diorama/getting into miniatures is something on my wishlist but I just can’t do right now. I’m caught up in getting back into doll sewing, have the embroidery underway, and want to start writing again. I often feel like I wish I could cell-divide to be able to do all these things. Precious time is also scarce which makes everything even more daunting. The project setback is more of a blow to my creative ego. I hope to be able to do this all one day. In the meantime, I really shouldn’t pile more on my full plate as is. There are days when I wished I lived forever so I can just do everything I want to do. This is one of those days.

The Scent Enchantress

April 6th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A cover I cooked up for The Scent Enchantress

For those of you who are curious about my novel, this post is for you! The Scent Enchantress is a contemporary fantasy romance. It is set in a fictional suburb of Toronto.

Bullied and tormented, librarian Esper Vaughn retreats into her
perfect world of steamy romance novels.  The arrival of a magical
inheritance forces her to take control of her destiny.  She is a
Scent Enchantresses and heir to a line long of magical women gifted
with incredibly enhanced sense of smell.

As Esper begins her initiation into the magic arts, a former
highschool crush and a familiar Prince Charming re-enter her life.
With her growing magical powers, she begins to see visions of her
death and the perils of magic.  Can she survive her first year as a
Scent Enchantress and defy the rule that love is forbidden?

I finished this novel a few months before I had Natalie. It’s been shelved since. Robert remembered its existence and tells me we should do something with it. I’ve submitted it to a few places and I’m hoping to hear back before the end of May. I’ve never really exhausted any avenues with this manuscript. I figured why not? We’re planning on self-publishing anyway if nothing pans out with the submissions.

When I was in highschool, I wrote every day. I must have finished about two or three novels. They were all romance novels. My friends were wonderful and eagerly awaited the 2-3 pages I brought every morning. I hope some of them are reading this blog. It’ll bring back memories and they will see that after 10 years, I’m still writing.

— Rosey

Drew WIP#1

March 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I chose a busy urban/city inspired fabric for little Drew. This particular hoop is full of colour. I will be making a miniDrew tonight and perhaps the boom crane which the monkey and Drew are hanging on.

I’ve been keeping busy editing my novel and finishing up my list of gifts. After Drew’s hoop is done, I’ll be back to Cinderella in full force every other night. I’ll be sewing on nights when Robert watches sports. He’s currently caught up on the Leafs playoff race for that last lonely 8th spot. My husband is a a poor eternal suffering Leafs fan.

I’ve also been making a list of supplies I’d like. DMC floss is on top of the list. I’m also interested in getting more seedbeads but I’m really particular about what kind I get. I need to see it in person and see how the light affects it. This means I’ll be scouting for bead stores in the area. There used to be two but they are now both out of business. I swear running a small business in a small town like Simcoe  (pop 30K) is touch in ago. Most barely survive their first year. If I can’t go local, I’ll have to figure out where we can drive to that’s not too far for the baby. She hates car rides.

On another note, this website is still under construction. I’m not quite happy with the overall look yet. It’ll be customized soon by the husband. After I’ev finished editing my novel, it’ll be his turn. The title of the novel is “The Scent Enchantress.” It is a quirky fantasy. I’ll post links and more info when the time draws near to launch it in the Kindle Store on the Amazon.com website.

— Rosey

 

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