Monday, October 29, 2012

This is Why I Do Not Like Swimming Pools

Kazehana and I had an amusing conversation on Facebook after I posted this picture:
from: https://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB
So I turned it into a picture book:
"Lol, then how do you feel about the ocean?"

I actually hand-drew all but the last one of these....



"...perhaps, but I've got Cthulhu looking out for me, and he could kick the Kraken's bottom."








"We should be in for some serious tidal waves."


"Pickled or braised?"
I feel like I should try and get this published. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

a plague on all your houses

 I feel like I shouldn't be posting because I'm off my face on cold medicine and I know I'm about to start rambling...

 Don't do drugs, kids. Specifically, don't do drugs that go up your nose. Forget the loss of brain cells, financial ruin and general ruination of your life, forget the strain on your loved ones, forget the possibility of overdose--the serious lasting effect of putting scheisse up your nose is the constant congestion. CONSTANT. Like imagine having a cold for the rest of your life. 

 AND THEN when you actually do get a cold, it feels like there's a raging forest fire in your sinuses. And nothing helps. Humidifier, Lemsip, Sudafed, Nyquil, Vicks--just throw them away because they're not going to bring you any comfort. Except the Sudafed, because if you take enough of it, you'll be so loopy you won't care that your sinuses are on fire.

 (I have a cold, if you haven't guessed that already.)

 I got a random text the other day from a guy I haven't spoken to in many many months. There was a time we were almost sort of maybe dating, but 'twas extremely brief and we haven't spoken since. 

 Then he sends me a text Saturday night asking if I was in his town, because he claims saw someone who kind of looked like me and had the same car that I do.

 I said no, I was in Maine. So he asked what the heck was I doing all the way up in Maine. I said we were generally eating, drinking, and being merry. He asked what sorts of merriment we were up to. I mentioned lots of lobster, and trying to get into the Shipyard Brewery for a tour, but then complained that all the tours were full up already. 

 The boy then suggested I use my womanly wiles to get us into the tour. Because I'm beautiful and have a fantastic body. 

 Ummmm...... what?

 I feel like this was a drunken bootycall. (Or bootytext, I guess...) Bootycalls make me feel cheap, so this kind of pisses me off, especially because he and I were never intimate in any shape or form, so there's no reason for him to think I would come running because he complimented my shapely physique. 

Am I overthinking this? Idk. My brain's fuzzy.


 Maine was awesome btw. I took one photograph.
view of the wharf outside a shop window
We ate lots of seafood. We also found these ridiculous Christmas ornaments and had a 20 minute laughing fit over them:

There are tons of them. I want them all. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

ahoy

I am off on a holiday to Maine at 6.00 tomorrow morning! I was going to do a proper post before then, but time got away from me and I'm also quite lazy, so no proper posts until I get back on Tuesday. 

Instead, y'all should tide yourselves over by checking out my newest writing project. I'm trying to get as much feedback as possible. This project is record breaking, as I only started it a month ago and already the first novel is nearly finished. o.O

So until I return from the Great North, here is a picture of my cats bullying each other:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

some autumnal recipes...

So I came home depressed yesterday and started drinking, which led to some drunken baking to use up the rest of the can of pumpkin in the fridge. 

And I made Pumpkin Scones Two Ways

The first recipe is for what I think of as traditional scones (those lumpy shapeless things your Irish/English/Scottish relatives make to go with tea). They're not sweet, but they are nice toasted and buttered and jammed for breakfast, or just anytime with a nice cup of tea. I came up with this on the fly.

You will need:
- ~2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pumpkin
- ~2 - 4 tbsp of dark brown sugar (depending on your tastes)
- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice
- 7 tbsp. butter, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp milk

Optional: copious amounts of wine:


To make:
- Preheat oven to 375 degreed F

- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and however much of the spices you would like (I used like maybe 1/2 tsp... Idk I never measure things anymore...).

- Cut the butter into little cubes and toss them in with the flour.

- Crumble 6 tbsp butter into the flour with your hands (the same way you would for making shortbread) until there are no big pieces of butter left.

- In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin, egg, milk, and 1 tbsp of melted butter, and mix in the brown sugar. Add that gradually to the flour.

- You will now have a big sticky mess. Using extra flour to put on your hands, turn the dough into lumps about the size of your fist. Arrange on a cookie sheet.

- Bake for between 10 to 12 minutes. They don't look incredibly attractive (apparently), but they're lovely and fluffy and delicious. 


The other pumpkin scone recipe I found here. I made some small changes (used light brown sugar in place of 1/4 cup white, and dark brown in place of 3 tbsp light brown). I also added some allspice. And since I didn't have half & half, I instead used 2 tbsp melted butter mixed with 2 tbsp 2% milk. 

I also had some issues cutting the dough because by then I'd had like half a bottle of wine. The nicest looking ones:

They were quite delicious.

I am off now to Petco to find a windowseat for my cat.....

Friday, October 5, 2012

do you believe in fairies?

I know I'm going against my own rules of not posting until I'm caught up with commenters, but it's been a while and so I figured I should post lest anyone mistake me for dead.

Thank you all so much for your comments with choosing photos for my portfolio!! There are definitely a bunch that everyone seems to like, so that was a huge help. ♥

Insomniac#4 posted a fun author/book survey, and so I'm tagging myself. :) While we all wait anxiously for the publication of A Tale of Fairies, (and YOU'RE ALL WAITING ANXIOUSLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU), here's some fun stuff about the fairies:


The Rules:

Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog,

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
I don't really know who else is a writer of fiction, so I'll do the same thing Insomniac did: if you're working on a book, you are hereby tagged.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
 A Tale of Fairies. That's the best I could come up with. I'm open to other suggestions. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I honestly don't even remember. And the final product is waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy different than the original idea/outline. Chapter 2 (which you can read here, with the rest of the AToF preview) was the original beginning, which began as me playing around with characters and settings without really having any plan to expand it into a novel.

What genre does your book fall under?
Middle grade contemporary fantasy I think? 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 OMG I love this. 
I'm not taking the actors' current ages into consideration, or things like height or whether they're even actors.

Charlotte:
Elle Fanning

Hallestrina:
Lauren Holly

Arcangela:
Nicole Kidman, pre-facelift

Gregoria:



Saturnine:
Antonia Prebble, but with lilac-purple hair.


Jackfairy:
Brian Molko, but blonde

Davey:
John Cena

Melusine:

Elk, my lovely illustrator.


The Tesla Fairies:
I don't have a photo of the actual person, but she kind of looks like Milla only with larger eyes, larger lips, and a slightly rounder face.

The Locust Man:
Tilda Swinton. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 A bunch of fairies fighting for the title of Fairy Queen kidnap some humans to help their quest, one fairy taking a US Marine out of a mental hospital, the other taking a 9-year-old girl; and the ridiculousness escalates from there.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 Self published, because I'm sick of form letter rejections. Seriously I could wallpaper my entire house with the amount of rejections I've gotten. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 Just over a year, I think. Maybe a year and a half. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 I have no idea. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Everyone loves psychotic fairies.