Tag Archives: Update

The Beautiful Books: NaNoWriMo 2017 – Part 2

Image Description: a tinted-blue close-up picture of a type-writer's keypad.
Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
I had planned to write a first draft of Orion – Volume II of my Pushing Boundaries series, but I just couldn’t. Every time I sat down at my laptop my mind went blank and I had no motivation to write, despite the fact that I’ve been working on a novel outline for months now. I also feel incredibly tired and drained whenever I try to sit down and write something, which is why I haven’t written anything for the first week of NaNoWriMo. My mental state is… frustrating. I’m so tired all the time, even when I’ve had a good night’s sleep and lots of water. My partner suspects I’ve been having some problems with sleep apnea, so I’ll be looking into a sleep study to see if that’s the source of the problems. So, I figured I’d stop working on Orion for the time being and work on something else.

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
My “novel project” isn’t really a novel project, it’s more like a series of Thought-Dump style journal entries, because of the personal nature of these entries, I don’t plan on publishing them, however, this is the first paragraph of one of the entries:

“I have a long habit of hyper-focusing on songs, usually specific songs, I play them over and over again, and it’s taken me longer than it should have to note the patterns of my musical obsessions. While I have the tendency to gravitate towards specific genres, when I obsess over specific songs, there is a not-so-subtle correspondence to the emotional state I was experiencing at the time.”

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
My novel project is more like a diary, with myself as the only character, but I don’t particularly like me as a main character, I don’t think I’m interesting enough, but as no one’s going to read this particular project, I guess it doesn’t really matter.

What do you love about your novel so far?
At this stage, I think “love” is too strong a word for my novel project, I think the difference between this novel project and Orion – Volume II is that I feel motivated to write. I can ramble on and on, at this stage it doesn’t need to be perfect or make sense, but with Orion – Volume II, I just feel stuck and I can’t move forward.

Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
It’s mostly me wandering off topic into tangents and then saying, “What was I talking about again? I’m sure there was a point to be made here; now what was it again?”. Although, I will acknowledge that as editing isn’t my strong suit, so there’s probably typos everywhere.

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
My favourite parts of my novel to write is banter in general, but especially unintentional-flirty banter between two subjects of romantic interest.

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
I’m not very good at developing a writing habit, and I’m not consistent with timing (I tend to write all over the place), however, I have noticed I tend to have my better ideas or stronger motivation to write at night.

How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
Batman-style, I find sounds and noises to be ultra distracting, so if I’m working in a group situation, I must have my mp3 player in order to block out noise. Kim has also given me some great instrumental music, but I’ve only just started using it, so I’m not sure if it’s productive or not.

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
I find this element of writing to be the hardest, it’s easy for me to become demotivated and lose focus on a project, I rarely finish my projects. As I’m an over-writer, I don’t think reaching the 50 000 word mark means you’re finished, if I’m lucky it’s the mid-point of the novel. A work of fiction should have a distinctive beginning, middle and end. With my projects I have managed to finish, I’ve noticed that I’m more inclined to get the work done if there’s a fixed deadline and I have good momentum with a novel. Anxiety about getting the project finished can sometimes work, but it can also be a double-edged sword.

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
01. Don’t keep doing something just because everyone else is doing it, if you’re struggling with something, pay attention to it. Don’t try to force it. There’s more than one way of doing things. If it’s not working for you, acknowledge it, and change it. Also, reward yourself when you get it right, you deserve it.

02. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve often found that it’s so much easier to help someone else with their WIP novel then fix my own, however, in saying that, sometimes all you need to do listen to them talk about their current WIP and occasionally they will come up with the solution on their own. If you don’t have someone to talk to about your WIP novel, try doing a thought dumping exercise and see if that helps. There’s also heaps of online resources available for Writer problems.

03. Try not to compare yourself to other writers. “Comparison is the Thief of Joy” and writing should be a joy (although it will not always be the case), and it doesn’t matter if that writer is “further ahead” than you are. There’s only one you and no one else can do what you do (possible Dr Seuss Quote? IDK).

Arts and Crafts: It’s A Beadiful Life

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners

This post is going to be about my progress on making the beaded jewellery/beaded fidget items for my giveaway. I still have a ways to go yet, but my progress thus far has been successful.

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.

Maybe it’s just me, but there is something indescribably frustrating about those two empty slots, for most people, they probably wouldn’t even notice. But it bothered me, so I hunted high and low via Ebay for red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads (with some additional trial and error), but finally, I found them. I now have a complete rainbow! Behold!

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it's more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it’s more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads

Mwuhahahahah! Nothing can stop me now, except my terrible sense of organisation and procrastination tendencies, however, moving on… As I’ve completed my rainbow collection of beads, I’ve been able to make my Rainbow Beaded Lanyards (links below):

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards Part 2

I’ve also been able to make my larger Bead Bracelets for the Zipper-lanyards (pictures below):
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.

Here’s a picture of the red and blue bead-bracelets attached to the zipper-lanyards:
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.

I’ve also made Bead Ring Necklaces. Here’s pictures of the rings:
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.

Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue
Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue.

The hardest part of the Bead Ring Necklace was the little loops that go between the key-ring/split-ring and the rat-tail cord. In my case, I used black rat-tail cord for one set of necklaces, but I had to use Rainbow String I purchased from Lincraft for the second batch of necklaces, and I must confess, I do like the coloured string.

I’m just so glad I could find a use for the Rainbow String (I was super disappointed I couldn’t use it make beaded lanyards – no friction for sliding and I have a feeling I would eventually pull the beads past the knot at the end). Here’s pictures of the finished Bead Ring Necklaces:

Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).
Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).

Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue)
Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue).

Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green
Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green.

I’ll be going into Footscray and Daiso on Thursday to pick up a few bits and pieces, I’ll need to wait for a few things to come in the mail (such as the strawberries – they take forever to arrive, but they’re worth the wait) and I should be set. I’m actually kind of surprised I’ve managed to make/obtain most of the prizes before the start of March. I expected to running around like a headless-chook through out March (and maybe a little into April if I’m being honest). It could all still go horribly wrong, but thus far, things are looking good.

Links:
Image Description: site header reading “Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts” featuring vector images of a green tape dispenser, a sewing needle, a sewing pin with a red head, a yellow measuring tape, a brown paintbrush, a light tan bandaid, an embroidered red flower and a blue and brown striped round plush thing that looks something like a bean bag.
~Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts: Bead Ring Necklaces

%d bloggers like this: