Lissa
Illness

I have been sick throughout this past week, and honestly, it’s just been kind of miserable. I had to miss school, and when you’re in as many honors classes as me, that means as lot of make-up work.

And as I’ve been sick, I’ve had a lot of time to think, because it’s not like I can much else.

Thinking though hasn’t given me any great insights, except a remind of how miserable I am, and how I need to write more stories to help counteract feeling miserable. Writing helps. That’s how I’ve dealt with stress, and heartache, and insecurity. I wrote and I drew and I created my way out of it.

Or I’ve started having panic attacks.

Creating is the better option.

 Lissa
Month

I haven’t posted in a month. A part of me wonders why I care, so next to no one reads my blog anyway.

But I write this blog for myself and not anyone else anyway.

I guess part of the reason for this blog is to make me feel self important. I convince myself that I have ideas and accomplishments worth letting the world see. It doesn’t matter if they actually do see or not; the fact that there is a chance is enough.

It also helps me review what I have accomplished throughout the week and give myself a part on the back and let’s me dump off random motivational rambles, because the only place they’re acceptable I’d fictional worlds and social media.

Honestly, I sometimes feel like social media is a weird sort of fictional world.

Anyway, I don’t really have a practical use for a blog. I keep one because I enjoy the action of keeping one.

 Lissa
A Ramble About Christmas Decorations

I enjoy decorating for the holidays. I’m not into stuff like giant inflatables, or really, giant anything in the way of yard decorations, but I do like decorating. I always decorate my room with some decorations I’ve picked up and made over the years, and my family has a Christmas tree along with a few other small decorations.

There have been times where I’ve felt like all the Christmas lights do sometimes feel like a waste on people’s electrical bills (especially those two houses on the corner who have more Christmas lights than pretty much the entire rest of the block combined) and as I said I don’t like how just oversized and ridiculous a few of the yard decorations I’ve seen.

There is such a thing as overdoing it.

But I do like Christmas decorations. I was mentioning some of my feeling about this to my eldest brother, and he told me he actually like Christmas decorations a lot to. Why? Because they made people feel jolly and happy. The world is capable of producing a lot of electricity, but it has struggled sometimes in producing a lot of happiness. And Christmas is in many ways a holiday about peace and happiness. That’s why it’s accompanied with giving and charities and trying to make sure people have warm clothing for the upcoming winter (my school does a yearly project of trying to get coats, hats, and gloves for needy kids). And that’s one of the reasons it’s awesome.

Religious or not, I think the vast majority of people can agree that spreading joy is one of the best things to do. I know a lot of people find Christmas chaotic, but I suppose that’s because, first of all, it’s over commercialized, and second of all, bringing joy is very tiring work even without it being over commercialized.

 Lissa
Artwork. Like, Lots of It.

 

It’s been so long since I’ve posted my artwork! So I’ve got a lot to catch up on.

 

Cat and Wolf Cover (official)

Final draft! Yes, I know it’s very similar to the idea draft, but I think the overall appearance is more magical girl-ish. Plus, you can see a few of the minor character’s animals within the words.

In the Spotlight

I did this picture as a practice for action poses. I’m not too fond of how the lighting turned out, but it is one of the best action poses I’ve ever done.
I still really need to work on action poses.Destroyed Barriers

I love this couple! This is Rogue and Rosemary from my story Dream Academy. They’re royalty from waring races, that end up falling in love while trying to break up his sister and her cousin who have fallen in love with each other.

Falling

I haven’t started on these two’s story yet, but they’re going to be the main character of one of my comics. They’re also my roleplaying characters from Pathfinder.
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of my sky.

Halloween Witch Re-Draw

It’s a little bit later for Halloween, isn’t it? I actually completed this about two days after Halloween, and am only now posting it.
It’s a re-drawing, but not of a picture I have posted online. The picture its a re-drawing of is one of my oldest pictures, and the first that got me into art. I was feeling kind of depressed about my artistic ability, so I decided to re-draw it to show how far I’ve come.
As it is though, this isn’t one of my best pictures. But it’s still way better than the one I drew in fourth grade.
His Excitement:Her Peace

I started this picture on me and my boyfriend’s 1-year anniversary, earlier this month.
Anyway, the picture was kind of based on our relationship. I’m weird and strange and energetic, and that excites him, coloring his world and giving him excitement.
He, on the other hand, calms me down. I’m intense, I’m emotional, and being around someone who isn’t helps me feel at peace and content.
It’s really nice.

 Chelle
Totally guilty of work avoidance…

At least, I avoided the part of work that feels like work. My copyeditor sent back Eyes of Infistar when I was on vacation last week, and this morning I did not start going through her suggested changes.

Instead I diddled around online for a couple hours while trying to convince myself to do the edits, and finally said “I think it’s not happening, why don’t I just write?”

So, a full day’s quota of words were written.

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 Chelle
One Cardgame down…

And one to go.

I spent the weekend doing a javascript version of the ‘Mages Wild’ cardgame on my website. (The previous version used php only, and when I added the Brownie Point system it became vulnerable to cheating.) When I finish javascripting the other cardgame I will be brave and open my site up to allowing anyone to become a member.

 Chelle
That Was Quick

Eyes of Infistar is at my copyeditor. (She reported that she was enjoying it and that it was nice to be working on something that is “actually good” which gives me a glow of accomplishment, but also makes me think that there might be some drawbacks to being a freelance editor-for-hire.
Sails of Everwind has been edited according to editorial demand and is ready to be reread and hopefully approved to go off to the copy editors next.
Lioness is being read by readers…

I just ran out of editing projects to work on. Looks like I get to start writing the next book already. Only a few weeks after finishing the last one. Awesome!

Fencing With Waves, it is your turn!

 Chelle
Behind the Scenes

I have just completed a major update for my website, removing outdated code from hopefully everywhere. (And that’s a lot of everywhere!)

For the past two weeks I have been writing (or editing) Monday through Thursday, and coding Friday through Sunday, and its been working wonderfully. I’ve been going around grinning, because it makes me so very happy to have both kinds of projects moving forward at a reasonable pace. Here’s to hoping that it continues working for me for months and months and months!

(Although, I do have to figure out how to work Art in there also, somehow. I’ve currently got 4 books all at the editing phase all at once. That means Cover Art will be needed. Eeep!)

 Chelle
Looking for Beta-readers

I think I have got Lioness to the point where I really need to get some outside feedback.

Here’s a go at a blurb for same, see what y’all think:

As the daughter of a wealthy merchant lord, Veldy grew up rich and sheltered, spending her days weaving and making lace. When her father convinces her to marry a nomadic lion hunter, she embarks on a bridal journey that will carry her deep into the dry and windswept highlands — facing physical hardships she previously could never even have imagined. But Veldy has far more to overcome than a harsh climate and an extreme change in lifestyle. Her bridegroom has many enemies — and not all of them are entirely human.

Anyway, the vital statistics: Lioness is a ~160K word story (I’ve currently got it split up into a duology), set in an Africa-esque fantasy world. (The same world as Cantata and Pavane, but on the other side of the continent). It could probably be considered YA. It’s got action, “cultural stuff”, and, of course, a bit of romance. And I’m looking for people who would be willing to read it and tell me what they think of the pacing, and whether I have any plot holes or I didn’t explain something well enough — that kind of stuff.

 Lissa
Rhubarb and Apple Cupcake

I haven’t spent much time inventing recipes. Actually, this recipe will only be my second attempt, and first successful one. It started when I wanted to make cupcakes my sister requested a rhubarb and apple. I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. I could find muffins, and full sized cakes, but nothing small and fluffy.

So, I made my own recipe.IMG_20170904_1507402_rewind

So, here’s the recipe:

Rhubarb and Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cloves

3 tsp. allspice

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup rhubarb (diced)

1 cup Apple (peeled and diced)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill muffin tin with cupcake wrappers. (This recipe makes about a dozen and a half cupcakes)

Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and the spices. In a separate bowl mix together eggs and buttermilk. Mix together both mixtures and fold in apples and rhubarb.

Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for about 12-16 minutes.

 

Suggestions:

I haven’t tried any variations yet, but from my family’s feedback, I think these might improve the recipe.

1. Add another half cup of Apple’s

2. Increase the amount of spices, particularly of the cinnamon.

3. Add gingerIMG_20170904_1507568_rewind