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One Change At A Time

So, I was thinking of the New Year for this, but then I thought again. Why wait? That’s why I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. If you’re already thinking of something you’d like to change, why wait? Why put it off? That’s a sign it’s not something you really want to do anyway. I also think people overwhelm themselves with trying to change too much too fast.

In my pondering I came up with an idea. I read somewhere that it takes between 16 and 20 times of doing something to turn it into a habit. I decided to take one thing a month that I’ve always wanted to do or know that I should do and take 30 (or 31 as the case may be) days to turn it into a new habit.

For the month of November – and it’s fitting since this is also NaNoWriMo – my change is to write every day. I know. I know. I’ve been writing for years. I’ve even finished a few manuscripts, but I’ve never made it a habit to write every day. Even doing the strenuous task of NaNoWriMo, I took days off. I procrastinated. Even if it’s just in a journal, or jotting down a few ideas, that is my goal.

I’m going to write everyday.

And so this isn’t words only, here are a couple of pictures from the month of October. I’m off to write now!

At the Pumpkin Patch

 

Halloween

 

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No, I Haven’t Forgotten

I know my blog is still here, but damn I’ve been busy. I’ve been busy with things to do and busy with thoughts bouncing around my skull stealing time away from other thoughts. I do plan to revive things around here. It’s just going to take some doing.

Just Finished Reading – Series Reread

I have this habit, before a new book in a series comes out, I reread the entire series first. I find it helpful because it reminds me of what happened and I’m more prepared for some minor plot point that might play out in a larger way in the new book. I also like that it gives me a reason (as if I really need one) to reread a favorite series. These books have been out awhile so I’m not watching for spoilers, so if you haven’t read them yet, be warned.

On Nov. 1st, Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire was released. It is the fourth book in the Wicked series, so I am rereading the first three before I buy the new one.

First in the series is Wicked: The Like and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. This book is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book begins with the Witch’s parents awaiting her birth. She is born green and with a set of nasty little teeth. Her parents name her Elphaba (which is a play off the name of the author of the original Oz books). The story has the barest resemblance to the original with handfuls of familiar names and ideas. It can be hard to read, with prose so florid that it seems almost another character in the story.

Second in the series is Son of a Witch. This book follows Liir and tells the story of when he left Kiamo Ko with Dorothy after the Witch is killed. He becomes a soldier, is horribly injured, meets a girl, and uncovers a plot hatched by the new Apostle Emperor, Shell Thropp (who just happens to be the younger brother of Elphaba). This book can be a little convoluted and moves kind of sideways. It’s much easier to understand on a second read, but Liir is an interesting character and only at the end is there any real evidence either way that he is Elphaba’s son.

Third is A Lion Among Men  and, you guessed it, it is the tale of the Cowardly Lion, who only makes a fleeting but significant appearance in the first book. The story is in the present, but has a lot of backstory. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the book is the backstory of the Lion, whose name is Brrr. Now knowing that there is a fourth book, upon rereading I think this book was just set up for Out of Oz. It is interesting and there are a couple of interesting twists that make it worth the read.

So, now I have to go buy the fourth book. Maybe I’ll go get it, stay home and read it this weekend while all the insane are out battling crowds of crazy people. 😉 .

Crafting – For the Holidays (Partial Stash Bust)

I got a new magazine and it had a lot of good craft ideas. One of those is a wreath. I decided to make one for fall and then one for Christmas. I made the fall one first. It was good for getting rid of some of my craft stash, since the wrapping on the wreath got rid of an entire skein of yarn. With the exception of the orange and yellow, the other felt all came from stuff I already had. The wreath is 14″ and the flowers used less than a yard of felt total.

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DragonCon “What I Did” Part 2

Sorry for the delay on this one – but finally, the rest of my trip at Dragon*Con.

Day 3 – Sunday

Sunday was more panels and cruising the dealer rooms/art show. I actually did purchase some prints – to be shown off further down.

Panels

Switching… Young Adult to Adult and Vice Versa – This was interesting. It was three authors who have written both adult and young adult and they talked about the differences between the two.

Spotlight on BelleBooks & Bell Bridge Books – This company was the sponsor of the Writer’s Track at DragonCon and this panel was a collection of their editors and writers.

What’s Coming Next From DelRey – Adding to my TBR list!

Knowing Your Audience – This panel discussed a lot on audience and how to revise/edit and about author branding.

Editors and Agents Speak Out – A lot of this was stuff I already knew about submission, etc, but it’s always good to go and here exactly what they’re looking for.

 

I bought these for the kitchen.


Day 4 – Monday

Last day of the Con, last chance for the art and dealer rooms too! Of course, usually by this day I’m kind of ready to get home too.

Panels

Who Wants To Be  A Writer – Agents, editors, and authors discussing the business

Market Trends in SF/Fantasy/Horror – this was the only panel I was disappointed in. I actually got up and walked out because the panelists were such downers. All they could talk about was the decline of the publishing industry and how hard it was to get in the business and how they saw no future in writing. After all the positive talk of the rest of the weekend, this actually made me angry to hear.

Peter David – Jeff and I always end with this one. Peter David is not only a great author, but I think he missed a calling as a stand up comic. It’s always so much fun.


I just got this one because I really liked it.

 

These are for Chloe's room.

 

So, that’s my trip to DragonCon for 2011. We had a blast and I can’t wait to go back next year.

 

More Music (and an apology)

I am such a bad blogger… I know, I know. I haven’t even put up pictures from Chloe’s birthday yet, but I’m going to get them soon, I promise.

For now, here’s one of my favorite songs from a band I discovered the first year I went to DragonCon. They are Abney Park and I love, love, love their music. This isn’t the best video in the world, but it’s enough to give you an idea of what they’re about. I encourage everyone to give them a listen.

Making A Switch

Two blogs are starting to get on my nerves, so I’m putting everything here and trying something new. We’ll see how this goes. It’s a part of the need to simplify my life and take things down a notch. I may go back to having a separate art blog, but for now everything will wind up on this page.