Stop Failing at Halloween

Stop Failing at Halloween

It has come to my attention that many people in my neighbourhood do not know how to decorate for Halloween. It seems that the only thing most people really know how to do is Christmas.

Folks, stretchable spider web is NOT garland. You don’t wrap it around trees. You don’t string it between things in thick ropes. You don’t put it up in clumps unless you’re making a spider egg sac.

Do not use any colour but white unless you plan to have a blacklight on it. Seriously. It looks stupid. Spider silk is universally white regardless of the type of spider.

I know this is a cheap decoration to buy, but if you’re not planning on using it properly, don’t bother. Take the time to stretch it out like it’s supposed to be or leave it on the shelf and get yourself some streamers.

Forging a Writer

Forging a Writer

Wordsmith am I.
My craft I know.
My trade I ply
by forge-fire glow.

And scathing spark
oft touch my face.
Kiss’d in the dark,
I hold my place.

My muscles quake.
My eyes are dry.
The heat does bake
the tears I cry.

In silence, birth,
by hammer’s ring,
steel from earth
my soul I wring.

By anvil’s clamour
I shape my art
I raise my hammer
and strike my heart.

Of pieces that fall
I beat the blade.
My bread is gall
e’er I be paid.

Pass me through fire.
Perfection I need.
A sword of desire,
for this I bleed.

Softling dear,
burned I your dreams?
Shame, I can’t hear,
above mine own screams.

Two posts in one day? Say it ain’t so! Well, I was randomly inspired to write about what it means to me to be an author. I usually don’t spit out stuff that rhymes so this was interesting.

Home Made Ginger Tea

Ginger tea VS cold season: GO! 

So, I mentioned in an earlier post that was making some ginger tea in the dehydrator. I decided to share this arcane knowledge with the rest of the world because the tea it produces is absolutely divine.

What drove me to make my own tea? Well, where I live, it’s difficult to get your hands on just plain ginger tea without paying around eight to twelve dollars for 20 sachets at a health food store. There’s all sorts of blends: ginger & lemon, honey ginger, ginger, lemon & honey, ginger, lemon, mint & fennel (EW.), ginger & chamomile …

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STOP MESSING WITH MY TEA DAMNIT!

Ahem. Sorry. As I was saying, sometimes, I just want a tea that aids in digestion or calms an upset stomach. Yes, you might want to add some lemon to it if you have a cold, or some honey if you’ve got a sore throat, but most of the time I just like the clean, spicy flavour of ginger. Continue reading “Home Made Ginger Tea”

More Editing! Woo!

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Here! have a random picture of Beaver Lake Park! The mountain is gorgeous this time of year.

This is a quick update to tell y’all that I just finished editing chapter 9 of Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy. I think I have time to plough through chapter 10 before I have to run off to ninjutsu class. Yay! Almost halfway done and lookin’ good!

We Need to Talk

This is not okay:

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(Image credit: Art of LomoNavojo)

Why am I posting this on my work blog? Because it’s an important issue that needs to be discussed.

When is it okay to strip your friend naked in front of strangers or new acquaintances without their consent? Pretty much everyone would agree: never. So why do so many people do it?

I know what you’re thinking. 

“What? This is a thing now? I didn’t hear about this.”

I personally know several people who have had this happen to them and continue to have it happen to them at work, at school, out shopping, at parties, everywhere. It happens to trans people. It should go without saying that what’s in a person’s pants is no one else’s business but it apparently needs to be said. This is a sad state of affairs.

What’s even sadder is that many people don’t even realize what they’ve done and don’t understand why their friend is so upset when it happens. Kindly allow me to remove the mystery.

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Something to Be Thankful For

Wonderful news! In less than two weeks, Alex fully edited all 19 chapters of Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy. Spectacular work! Now I must buckle down and implement the necessary changes and it will be back in his hands for a second round.

I must admit, I’ve been sweating over the winter deadline a bit, but no more! Feels great to be back in action after a nice, restful Thanksgiving long weekend.

Samhain Decorations

Hurrah! I finally finished my wall display. And in all the days I’ve been working with my art scalpel with never an injury … I cut my dang finger on the extra paper  that I was stuffing into the recycling. Go figure.

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It looks much better when lit obviously but I won’t be able to snap a photo of that until after sundown. The boxes are all repurposed from things I’ve bought like a kitchen scale or laptop or what-have-you. Painted black. The pictures are cut from old calendars while the mask and pseudo jack o’ lantern (Box o’ lantern?) were my creations. Hurray for reusing things!

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