Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Participant-180x180-2Did I say “Zombie Apocalypse”?  My bad, I meant to say National Novel Writing Month.  That’s right, November is finally over and for the sixth year running, I’ve managed to produce 50,000 words that vaguely resemble a novel.  That is to say, it is roughly novel-shaped, has chapters and pages, and somewhat, almost tells a story.  Unfortunately, the story isn’t really coherent or well written.

It is, however, just over 50,000 words and when it comes to NaNo, that is all that matters.  Quality shmality, it’s quantity in November.  I’ll just have to spend the other eleven months on the re-write.

Now, to take care of that zombie apocalypse.

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Wordless Wednesday – In the Pink

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Tuesday Treasury – Tall Ships

“And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by” ~ John Masefield

I must confess that I have a certain romanticized view of tall ships and sailing. It would appear that I am not the only one. Shirley over at Whimsy Woo Designs has put together this fabulous collection that evokes just those sentiments. That’s my creation, Starlight Necklace, second star on the right.

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Creative Depths Has New Home!

I’ve finally decided to move completely away from Blogger in favor of WordPress.  This blog was the last holdout and well… here I am!

I’ve moved as many of the old posts over as was feasible.  Unfortunately,  most of my Treasury Tuesday posts  have gone the way of the dodo bird, as has the Linked Within feature.  I honestly don’t think anyone is even going to miss either of them.   I’ve also condensed three pages from the old blog into one and added a contact box in the event that anyone wants to send me a message directly, instead of posting it as a comment.  All of the categories and tags have been redone and are hopefully a little more organized than they’ve been in the past.

If you’ve followed me over from Blogger, thank you!  If you’ve discovered this blog via WordPress, welcome!

Wishing everyone a creative day!

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Tossing My Hat In The Ring… Again

As fall sets in, my thoughts turn not to the changing leaves, but to the month-long November writing frenzy that’s NaNoWriMo. I’d considered dropping this project for 2012, but after five successive and successful NaNos, I decided to go for a sixth try. Besides, what else am I going to do with November other than watch football and gorge on comfort foods?

Most of my NaNo related blogs will appear over on the Darkling Sera site, but I thought a general announcement was due here as well. That way, I won’t need to explain why I have a glazed expression all through November. 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday – On The Road

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Treasury Tuesday – Harvest Time

I normally use CraftCult to create the Treasury images that I use on this blog, but either they or I are having some technical difficulties at the moment.  So, for the time being, I’m resorting to screen shot images that link back to the original treasury on Etsy (click on the picture below to visit the Treasury on Etsy).  
This week’s treasury comes from Aimee and James over at The Thinkin’ and Dinkin’ Shop. They’ve set up this incredible collection that includes one of my supply items:  a rubber stamp featuring autumn leaves and “Harvest Time”.  I can’t believe that I still have this little stamp in my shop.  Sooner or later, it needs to find a new home!
Thanks a million to Aimee and James for their fabulous work putting this collection together!

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No, No, Bad Blogger

A friend smacked me with the proverbially rolled-up newspaper and gave me a thorough scolding for not keeping up with this blog. It was a well deserved lecture as it’s been months since my last post. How is it that I’ve managed to ignore this blog for so long?  I’m sure my readers- all two of you- think I’ve probably succumbed to some strange and rare fate (beriberi? bubonic plague? zombie attack?). 

I’m happy to report that I’m not dead yet, just consumed with this wonderful and bizarre thing that some folks refer to as a life.  There’s been nothing particularly magical or tragical about the last few months, just incredibly packed with goings-on.  I haven’t had nearly the time I’d like for creative activities, though.  The few small projects I’ve started seem to be taking forever to complete.  I’ll post more on those later.  For now, I just wanted to drop by my own blog, say that I’m still here, and make way for some new posts.

See you soon (I promise!),

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A friend asked a very good question the other day, one that I hadn’t given a lot of thought: “Out of everything you’ve ever created, what are your favorites?” To which I responded: “Why do my friends always ask difficult questions?”  To be more precise about it, I should have said “Why do my friends ask questions that I find difficult to answer?”

I could have shrugged and said “I dunno.”  Or I could have gone the noble route and decried “Favorite?  How can I chose a favorite among these creations?  They are my children.  I love them all equally.”  Well, no, actually, I don’t love everything I’ve ever made.  Thinking about it, I realized that I do have some favorites among the works that I’ve done.  They aren’t necessarily my best works or the ones that have brought recognition or monetary reward.  My favorites tend to be those peices that have given me the greatest sense of accomplishment or in some way appeal deeply to my own tastes.

After some thought, this is what I came up with… eight of my all-time favorites, in no particular order.

These are (starting clockwise at the top left corner):

  1. Logo for my online herbal shop. This was a utilitarian piece, obviously, created because I didn’t want to buy a pre-made avatar.  I won’t claim that it’s a great piece of art, but I loved the process of transforming a badly snapped shot of my garden and turning it into something unique.
  2. Beaded star necklace.  To be techinical, this was the first one beaded star that I created and it took hours to get it right.  What a great feeling of accomplishment when it was all done.
  3. Butterly mobile.  I’ve been creating butterfly suncatchers from recycled plastic and clear paints for years.  It finally occurred to me to make a mobile out of them.  It’s impossible to be unhappy when working on these.
  4. At Scythe Point.  This novel was the product of my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month.  I am incredibly amazed at my own capacity to write an entire, mostly coherent novel in thirty days.  Creating it was an absolute rush.
  5. Favorite photo.  I take pictures everywhere I go and doubly so if there’s an old cemetery, but this one is my personal favorite.
  6. Dream quilt.  This was my first (and probably next to last) attempt to make a full size quilt.
  7. Seaglass necklace.  This piece was created by me for me.  The seaglass came home with me from a trip to the Carribean several years ago and finally found a home as part of this peice.  I’m particularly sentimental about it.
  8. Fall broom.  Autumn is my favorite season so I am perpetually making little fall decorations.  This one is my favorite, well loved enough that it hangs inside the house the other three seasons.

So there they are, a few of my favorite creations.  Give me a few days, a little creative time, and I’m sure I can add to that list.

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Works In Progress – Stars, Blogs, and More

Winter is usually my slow time, but I’ve been fairly busy this year trying to catch up on some creative works. Here’s a run-down on what’s been happening.

The latest projects for Harvest Moon Designs are shown here.  I’ve been working on some variations of  the beaded star necklaces that I initially created last year.  I’ve been playing with colors and bead types and having too much fun with it.  As soon as I can free up a bit of time, I’ll be taking better photos of these so that I can get them posted in the shop.  The earlier versions of these, all in variations of red, orange, and yellow, have already found good homes.
I’ve also managed to get some writing accomplished, although it’s mostly in the form of blog posts.  I’m trying my hand a travel-related blog at the moment, although I haven’t entirely decided where I’m going to go with it (no pun intended, I swear).  If I ever get it whipped into something readable, I’ll post the link here.  I’ve also been busy adding chapters to the online version of At Scythe Point.  That’s more of an editorial/IT project than actual writing and a boring one at that.
In the works are several more wands.  By in the works, I mean that I have the materials purchased, but they’re sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  I thought I’d be able to get through them in January, as I had three long weekends off of work.  Unfortunately, the crisis with my feline and then a terrific cold kept me sidelined the entire month.
More later, as I have time.  Until then, hope that you’ve been able to get some creating of your own done.

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