Art, Journal

Speak Out with Your Geek Out: Day 1 – Sewing/Craft Geek

When I first heard about Speak Out with Your Geek Out week, I had a hard time figuring out what my first post would be about. I do a lot of what would be called “geeky” things, and have a ton of fun with them too! But I wanted to start with something visual, and something I’ve always enjoyed: making little things. I’m not sure quite when it started, but I’d say–if I had to guess–the first example would be making little clothespin people. I always loved the little worry-dolls, and tiny things in general. I’ve never been too into doll houses, per say, so much as just the little *stuff* they had. I used to drool over American Girl Doll catalogues, not for the dolls, but for the neat TINY THINGS they had–like books that had real pages that could open, tiny working pencils or slate boards, adorable pint-sized quilts. *Loved it!*

I’d always liked sewing things–back in the day, I was a good ol’ 4Her with an emphasis on sewing–and had always been encouraged to do so. In high school, I was a smart aleck and made a “skin pillow” which was 1) not made of skin, and 2) not really much of a pillow: it was a skin diorama for science class that *als0* fulfilled my assignment for Home Ec. to make a stuffed thing. It was a cube of felt with a lot of random labeled features.

I really got into making little dolls (plushies, when they’re from felt) in college as a way to do something totally visual and kinetic as opposed to reading/writing/studying–my main hobbies. First one I did was a bit larger than the later ones: I’d seen Princess Mononoke years prior, but wanted to try making a tiny version of her. And it worked! Then I really got into tiny things, other characters, and really *really* pint-sized felt dolls. I even had a few who were “chibi” sized–smaller than two inches, with hand-stitched details. They’re just so much fun to make!

I haven’t done these for a while–what with a day job, a moonlight job, and writing, I don’t have as much time as I used to–but I’ve still got my boxes of felt, and one of these days, out they’ll come and I’ll make a tiny little Ashitaka or Sen to keep my other plushies company. :) There’s just nothing as much fun as seeing something three-dimensional come to life with a little glue and patience! Little Zoidberg even has a permanent place in me and Andy’s car, because–let’s face it–everybody should have a little Zoidberg peering at them over the edge of their sun visor. :)

Art, Journal, Portland/Oregon, Writing

A Saturday to Remember

At last! After months of being too busy to do anything for myself, due to moving/reviewing/outside projects/etc./etc., I’ve finally had my first RELAXING Saturday! It’s a micro miracle, I tell you. In the past, I’ve always made Saturdays “My Day,” meaning I can do whatever I want, even if it’s just lay around on the floor and stare at a wall ALL DAY LONG. And I can’t feel guilty about it. I can’t worry about all the other things I have to get done in the upcoming days. I can’t make myself feel bad that I haven’t been productive. There’s only one rule, and that’s “If you want to, great, if not, don’t.” It’s one of the few ways I can keep my hectic schedule under control and give myself time to relax.

So this Saturday was officially the first relaxing one I’ve had in so long I can’t remember. And I wasn’t totally unproductive either! Here’s what we did:

1. We got coffee and an almond-poppyseed muffin for breakfast.

2. I watched an episode of Project Runway; Andy surfed the web.

3. I finished the rough draft of “A Night of Dreams in the Windswept Forest”–YAY!; Andy dropped off our electronic donations at Free Geek.

4. Had a great lunch out with Kaku & his fam, which was a lot of fun, and I think we’ve just found our new favorite little restaurant for buffalo wings!

5. I watched another episode of Project Runway; Andy went to City Bikes to get what he needed to replace the brakes on his roadbike.

6. I painted!; Andy replaced the brakes on his bike.

7. We watched Miyazaki’s “Ponyo”: It was okay, but far and away not his best work. Give me “Totoro” any day for a movie that reminds me of what childhood is like.

8. We went to Powell’s and I got two books! A) Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg; B) The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, by Ursula K. LeGuin.

9. We went to Rogue for a pint of Dead Guy.

10. We ate 11PM pizza and watched an episode of Chuck.

Now that’s what I call a great day! :-D

Total word count since 7/23/10: 1,369

Art, Journal, Painting

“Be My Sexy Dead Wife”

Andy and I have been watching more of The IT Crowd, a bizarre and funny sitcom-style BBC show about an IT department in a large corporation. The first season was a blast–so odd, and yet so hilarious– that we actually rented it twice from Netflix, so we knew we had something good. This last week we got season 2, and while it’s different, it’s been a lot of fun. Hence, the bizarre quote. XD There are lots of them.

It’s been an excellent weekend so far. Last night, we hung out with Nate and Sadie, made spaghetti over at their place and then went out for gelato. Caught some live music in the process, which was delightful, and then headed back here to watch a few episodes of Futurama. ^_^ All in all, an excellent evening.

Today has been pretty laid back. I kept meaning to play a bit of Grand Theft Auto, but just never quite got around to it. (HAHA! I didn’t “get around” to playing video games! XD Love that.) Did watch some of my guilty reality-TV-show pleasure, Australia’s Next Top Model (I’ve been through most of America’s NTM, and Project Runway). It’s a fun show for just mind-vegging on.

Also got some quick editing in on the still as-yet untitled “DYSTOPIC SF SHORT STORY” and sent it off to meh mum, who’s my regular editor. Switched it to present tense, which I think works a lot better for the flow.

Then I topped off the afternoon with some painting. This face is slightly more realistic, I think, than the first one, but I still need to go back and add a little more peachy-orange to the left side of his face in places, just to warm up the lighting.


Then Kaku and Andy’s classmate Leon are coming over for pizza and to watch Solaris, which I’ve heard is very good. Should be a good evening! ^_^

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Painting Progress

Haven’t had a whole lot of time to paint lately, so today I snuck in a little oil on canvas.


Yay for progress! ^_^ I forgot how much I enjoy painting.

Yesterday, when Andy and I went to the Boeing Museum of Flight up in Seattle, I saw the small oil-paint gallery they have of specifically spectacular World War II dogfights. O.O I was in heaven. And also shocked by the amount of detail on even relatively small canvases! It was intense, and inspiring. Can’t help but love that! ^_^

I need to work on backgrounds soooooooooo much. >.< But doing any kind of still life just doesn’t interest me. Maybe I should take a class sometime that will *make* me do still life for practice. I sure could use it.

Art, Painting, Writing

Show and Tell

It’s late, so I’ll be brief! Thought I’d showcase my amateur painting process just for kicks. Here’s the basic paint-sketching I got done this last Saturday after spending waaaaay too much time trying to figure out a subject. Turns out, Andy is my subject this time around. I’m really stuck on the portrait thing, and on close-up face shots. I’d like to break out of that sooner rather than later, but I liked this set up a lot. Tentatively titled “Dorian”.


Very, very rough. But started.

Also, I’ll post some of the pictures Andy took of his and my and Nate and Sadie’s trip to the beach in Pacific City yesterday sometime either tomorrow or whenever.

Writing Stuff:

Finished the POV rewrite at the end of “Swallow”. Check out the Writing To-Do List (WTDL) page to keep track of the things I check off my list. Also, got MY SISTER’S KEEPER on audio-book for the car since I finished SENSE & SENSIBILITY (not my favorite Austen), and picked up two nonfiction books on firefighting for research purposes.

Cartooning/Drawing, Journal, Writing

Write In/White Out : Meltdown


I’ve determined that I have an emotionally abusive relationship with my muse. 

Writing Stuff:

Yesterday evening was a stupid evening. I think the inspiration center of my brain (open M-W 10AM-2PM, Th-F 8AM-11AM, closed S/Sun/and whenever the heck it feels like it) and the anxiety center of my brain (24/7/365–always there when you don’t need it!) are in the same grimy strip mall I call a mind. It seemed like any and all hope of ever writing anything half-way decent was crushed to crap by my own twisted logic. It was *lovely* I assure you. Hence, the above doodle.

This afternoon, during my lunch break, I resolved–still aching from the self-inflicted emo-blows of last night–to not worry about getting anything accomplished. Instead, I would only try *not* to worry. It was the voice of my protagonist which was throwing me into agonies, so I figured a little mindless, unproductive practice couldn’t hurt. As an exercise, I did this: Try to write the story of The Three Little Pigs in the protagonist’s voice. How would she tell the story? 

It worked.

500+ painstaking words on the second section of “THE UNTITLED NOVEL PROJECT” to now be nicknamed “DARK MATTER” because that was the original title way back when, and that’s how I refer to it in my head and in my notes/saves. And they’re not horrible. In fact, since I finished reading THE TERRIBLE HOURS last night, I really dug into the whole submarine rescue stuff. 

Note: I just spared you from yet another attempt at my being “cute”. You can pay me back later.

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I’s so tired…

I am tired. It’s been a long week already, and it’s only Wednesday!

O_O <–my scared face. 

On the plus side, I’ve been playing around with Write In/White Out, a comic strip which is pretty much just me making fun of the fact that I’m insane, and the fact that I think too much, and the fact that when it comes to writing, I have so little self-confidence. I figured it would help me lighten up about myself in the process, too, which would be good! Plus, I love drawing/cartooning, so it’ll give me yet another thing to do INSTEAD of actually getting writing done! YAY!

>.O <–my ouch face. 

Also, check out my blog article for Apex! And keep an eye out for my review of the new Star Trek movie next week on the Apex blog!

Writing Stuff:

T_T <–streaming tears face

Grand total this week: a measly 248 words on “THE UNTITLED NOVEL PROJECT”, but I’m just messing around with that anyway. Only ~1000 new words on the “UNTITLED DYSTOPIC SF SHORT STORY”. *le sigh*

It’s been a bad week for writing. I usually get only about an hour during my lunch break at work to get anything written, but this week has been chalk-full of meetings, training sessions, and various other lunch-break-eating activities. So it’s been slightly unproductive from that perspective.