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I'm a writer, a crafter, a nail polish mixatrix, a tea drinker, an unconventional life-liver, and a cool chick.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Linkery - May 24, 2016 at 02:38PM


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May 24, 2016 at 02:38PM
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Linkery - May 17, 2016 at 04:42PM


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May 17, 2016 at 04:42PM
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Monday, May 9, 2016

How not to write


There's literally hundreds of posts a day talking about how to write. Everything from big fancy posts to tiny detailed single-skill posts.

This is the opposite of that.

This is a litany of all the things that can keep a person from writing, all the things I've learned about this past year while I haven't been writing enough, and I know it.


  1. Have your life implode around you.
  2. Have stress run so high that you can't think about anything but the next item, and make sure the next item is always something more important than scribbling words on a page.
  3. Develop a chronic health condition--one that involves pain and / or brainfog is especially useful for not writing.
  4. Wait so long between writing sessions that you feel like you've forgotten how you do it, that you've forgotten what you were doing to begin with, and make sure that it gets so awkward that you then put it off longer.
  5. Overthink everything, especially if the need to get it right keeps you from doing it at all.
  6. Lose the thread of the story over and over again.
  7. Start new stories and abandon them after a few pages or a few chapters instead of finishing the original story you were writing all along.
  8. Waste time because your mind can't focus enough to work.
  9. Cry about it a lot.
  10. Compare everything you're doing to everything you love and come up short, so that you feel like a fraud.
  11. See the basics of your idea already published, or read a book that is so totally something you would have written if you'd gotten there first, and soak in the discouragement that brings.
  12. Worry so much about building a career that you can't actually get the work done that a career is built on.
  13. Forget how to daydream and let your mind drift under the weight of all the stress.
  14. Stop brainstorming and keeping notes. Stop keeping pen and paper next to your bed. Stop waking up in the middle of the night to scratch down ideas in the dark.
  15. Read less and less.
  16. Get so overwhelmed with the weight of everything you haven't been doing, that you keep not doing it.
  17. Slowly drop all your other creative endeavors until you're at your lowest common denominator of yourself.
  18. Doubt yourself. Doubt everything.
  19. Don't take the risk of letting anyone see your work; feedback and encouragement will just make you want to write again.
  20. Give up, over and over and over again.
And there's more. There's always more reasons not to write than to write, and it's easy to just be another person who used to write. 


But that's not me anymore. I'm getting back on this dragon.

Wish me luck.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Reasons why I'm itchy



  1. The summer is an awful time for having sensitive skin
  2. It keeps swinging between crazy-hot and kind-of-cold, and it's messing with my internal thermostat
  3. I'm apparently very tasty to every biting insect within ten miles, now that it's warmed up enough for them to come back
  4. I'm allergic to common household items now?? 
  5. And clothes???
  6. Sweating is the worst
  7. My pain disorder manifests as whole-body itching when I'm not actively hurting, which is SO NOT THE BEST OMG
  8. I haven't been keeping to my diet well enough to not be all up in arms in all my systems
  9. Metaphorically, I'm really restless and want to go somewhere new and interesting, and that's kind of an itch in my brain
  10. POLLEN, bane of my existence



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monthly Me - May 2016


I had a really good April--I got to sell my stuff to actual people who's faces I could see, and I got to meet Felicia Day and didn't die or pass out or anything, and my favorite show came back. May has lots of awesome geekery lined up, and I'm back to working with my friend to crit stories (once a month to start, since we're both slow and behind on everything), and at the end of the month is my birthday.

But still I'm starting May feeling like a train wreck.

I think it's because of how little sleep I got last night. Summer is not kind to my poor itchy skin, and the weather is all over the place--crazy hot and humid in the same week as like 60s and dim. Back and forth, like it can't decide, and it keeps throwing me off.

This month's goals are all about recentering, though. Getting back to creativity. Getting back to how I know I need to live--especially with eating and moving, two things I tend to forget to do. Remembering to look up and pay attention to the world. Remembering to get stuff done so I can move forward. Because I know I've said it every month, but I really am done with not liking the life I have, and I'm gonna force the world to give me the life I want!

I'm also getting back to Beacon, finally, now that the craft fair is done eating up all my attention, and I'm aiming for the end of June for that publication. I really like Beacon, even though the book is being such a pain in my butt, and I hope you all like it as much!

I've been bringing back all the stuff I used to like doing that I haven't been doing because I've been so miserable--book reviewing, TV reviewing for TVGA. Listening to music. Writing, Drawing. Writing letters with actual pen and paper and stamps! I love real mail.

I'm working on expanding my shop, and getting back on that ol Dragon of Inspiration, and despite the train-wreckiness of this particular day's headspace, I feel like it's a thing I can do.

What're your goals this month?


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Dispatch from IG - April 30, 2016 at 11:33AM


You guys, I love this woman so much. #samireadsbooks2016 #booksread2016 This puts me at 14 books in 18 weeks, so I'm only 4 behind my goal! via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SVzztr

Dispatch from IG - April 30, 2016 at 11:24AM


#booksread2016 #samireadsbooks2016 Sometimes you just have to re-read childhood favorites, ya kno? (There's one more to go!) via Instagram http://ift.tt/1XZH80n

Dispatch from IG - April 30, 2016 at 11:07AM


I don't remember where I got this comic, but I love it. via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SBfXZz

Dispatch from IG - April 30, 2016 at 11:04AM


Another good one of the Ultron nails! #mcu #marvel #incidentaltwin #itflashback #nailpolish #fandomnails #fandompolish #etsy http://ift.tt/1abYRXD via Instagram http://ift.tt/1TlrCYR

Dispatch from IG - April 30, 2016 at 11:03AM


Hey look! It's that Ultron polish I made! #itflashback #incidentaltwin #nailpolish #fandomnails #fandompolish #etsy http://ift.tt/1YY1PKx via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SBfXch

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:37AM


I feel like my mini-bottles are getting smaller, but they still look good! #Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", with @delushpolish DP02 stamping plate and @mpolishes Carol & Frost Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart #hpbloggers via Instagram http://ift.tt/1O0moAc

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:36AM


It's almost steampunk-y isn't it?? #Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", with @delushpolish DP02 stamping plate and @mpolishes Carol & Frost Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart #hpbloggers via Instagram http://ift.tt/1VX04Q6

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:34AM


😱✨✨#Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", with @delushpolish DP02 stamping plate and @mpolishes Carol & Frost Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart #hpbloggers via Instagram http://ift.tt/1O0mnwa

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:33AM


So awesome! I need to get some nail stamps. #Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", with @delushpolish DP02 stamping plate and @mpolishes Carol & Frost Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart #hpbloggers via Instagram http://ift.tt/1VX01Us

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:32AM


🔘⚪️⚫️#Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", with @delushpolish DP02 stamping plate and @mpolishes Carol & Frost Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart #hpbloggers via Instagram http://ift.tt/1O0mnfx

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:31AM


Macrooooo! #Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", a #Limitless inspired beauty! Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart via Instagram http://ift.tt/1VX01E6

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:30AM


💖💖✨✨ #Repost @manisandmakeovers with @repostapp. ・・・ Incidental Twin by @pirategirljack "On NZT", a #Limitless inspired beauty! Go to link in bio for more info. 💖 #nailart #naildesign #nailpolish #nails  #manicure #manicures#mani #art #design #polishlove  #nail#naillove#nailswag #naillovers #nagellack #naildesigns#nailartdesign#nailartdesigns #thenailartstory #nailpromote #nailporn #nagellack #nailaddicts #indiesrock #indieswatch #indiepolishaddict #indie #indiepolishnailart via Instagram http://ift.tt/1O0mmZ0

Dispatch from IG - April 29, 2016 at 11:28AM


Last year today was a #itflashback -palooza! #nailpolish #indiepolish #fandomnails #fandompolish #incidentaltwin #etsy #firefly #hobbit http://ift.tt/1abYRXD via Instagram http://ift.tt/1VX03ff

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dispatch from IG - April 28, 2016 at 05:20PM


Who would have this notebook? Cassie? Cole? Ramse? One of the Messengers?? #12monkeys #12MChat via Instagram http://ift.tt/26yolPO

Dispatch from IG - April 28, 2016 at 05:15PM


I think I'm in love with the Evil Supply Co. via Instagram http://ift.tt/26yndLT

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