Made-It Monday

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Well, I haven’t made much lately that’s really ‘arty’ since my ‘spare time’ has mostly been consumed with book edits and formatting and such like. And whatever energy is left over after all of that has to be devoted to food, because I’m on an extremely strict elimination diet and finding ways to eat the same 20 foods for every meal without going mad is pretty much using up any leftover creativity. Ha.

So today, for Made It Monday, you get book formatting. These are some of the opening pages of Liana Brooks’ forthcoming novel, Bodies In Motion; you can read the draft chapters on her website for free – they’re releasing two per week and I think at present we are about 2/3rds of the way through the book.

The novel comes out on Sept 19 (20 in Aus) and you can preorder through all the usual suspects – or if you want to preorder a print copy and you live in the US, you can do that here.

Yay! Pages!

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Oh Golly It Works Just As Well In Reverse

And now I’m wondering how many other Disney songs fit this exact pattern and could be overlaid……. Probably all of them. I mean, stories have plot structures and most movies use the same plot structure, so why shouldn’t all key Disney songs have the same structure? Makes sense, really.

General Updateriness, New Releases, That Sort of Thing

It’s been a while since I did a generic ‘HEY HERE’S AN UPDATE ON ME AND LIFE’ kind of post (it’s been a while since I did any sort of content-heavy post, shh) so HA, that is what we are having today. And I’m probably going to ramble, because the brain, she is rambley today.

So. If you are following my books with rabid fervour (ha) note that it will be harder than usual to track a print copy of Where Shadows Rise in the next six weeks, because the files were updated with a bunch of typos corrected. (I just typed ‘typos correctly’. Clearly this was a Necessary Thing. >.< Oy, and also vey.) Amazon should have the update by the end of the week, and you can always grab a copy through Inkprint Press immediately (in the US) or from my site here (for Aus).

In more exciting news, Book 2 in the Sanctuary series (Through Roads Between) is up for pre-order!! You’ll get to know more about both the magics of Sanctuary/the Valley, AND about Scott in this book – which I know a lot of people will be excited about :o) You can pre-order the ebook anywhere pre-orders are had, and you can pre-order the print copy here in the US and here in Australia – and buying through me or Inkprint entitles you to the ebooks in BOTH mobi AND epub for FREE! Woohoo.

Yay book! It is pretty!

ALSO in related news (and speaking of related LOOK THERE ARE TWO MATCHING BOOKS SITTING TOGETHER LOOK THEY ARE SO PRETTY), I’ll promo this more in the coming weeks BUT there will be a giveaway for anyone who has left a review of Where Shadows Rise to win one of multiple ebook copies of book 2, or one copy of the print book. Reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, or any other book retail site all count, you can probably have multiple entries for posting your review in multiple places, it’s open international, and your review doesn’t have to be 5 star, just fair πŸ˜‰

And also coming soonish is a novella about tigers, religious prohibitions, eating people, and inter-species war – but mostly it’s about redemption, and how no matter how much you think you’ve screwed up, you’re worth redeeming. More details on this in a month or two – it should be releasing around late October/early November, all things going well*, so keep an eye out.

* All things not going well it’ll be out Q1 next year πŸ˜‰

I think that’s about all the updating my brain can handle right now. I’m doing this super-stringent elimination diet because Health Reasons, and I’m in the middle of withdrawal funk, and although the fog is clearing slowly, I’m really, really sick of the approximately twelve foods I’m allowed to eat πŸ˜›

Yay books! Woohoo!

 

Made It Monday: Party Garland

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Shockingly enough, the only thing I’ve made recently is – yep, you guessed it – more cake. Unfortunately, I finished it late at night and forgot to take a photo of it before leaving for work the next morning, and Husband didn’t know I wanted a pic so didn’t take one before he and his workmates devoured it.

I hear it was tasty.

Anyway.

So instead of cake (again), you get a party garland that, yes, technically I made several weeks ago, but NEVER MIND πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ This party banner was great – so easy to make. I bought 40cm each of green and pink broadcloth (or whatever was the cheapest fabric – it cost me about $5 total for the fabric, maybe less) and a roll of cotton rope from the hardware store (about $5 again, but I only used a third of it). I tore the coloured fabric into strips about an inch wide (yes, tore, not cut, this is all about efficiencies) and then, starting from the middle of the cord, did a simple loop/hitch knot thing to tie the strips on*, alternating colours. I’d been planning to put some cow print fabric in there too, but I couldn’t find any for less than $15/metre, and I wasn’t willing to pay that for a cheap party decoration.

* Fold the strip in half, lay it over the cord, loop the two loose ends under the cord and up through the folded bit of the strip itself, and pull tight.

It took about half an hour from start to finish, and the kids think it’s pretty cool because it also doubles as a wrap-around tie-up grass-style skirt for dress-ups πŸ˜€

Green and pink party banner

But since we pretty much never close that small window above the dining table, they can’t use it for dress-ups at the moment, because it’s still up πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

That Perfect Girl Is Gone (But We Have THE BEST Disney Mashup To Console Us)

I love this so much. Every six months or so I dig it out for some occasion or another and rewatch, just for the glory of Zac Effron letting it go… πŸ˜€ You’ve probably seen this one before, but go on. Watch it again. πŸ˜‰

When Famous Paintings Come To Life (Dust My Shoulders Off – Jane Zhang)

So this is a super cool thing I found because someone had gif’ed the “The Scream” portion of this music video and it is SUPER, and then someone in the thread linked to the full video and YAY! Such a happy song! So cheery and determined! And what an AWESOME music vid, with all the famous paintings coming to life! There’s some serious hard work gone into some of the scenes in particular and wow, yay, much happy.

Here. Enjoy and be happy for a little over three minutes πŸ™‚

Dealing With The Blues

Extract from a random conversation with Liana Brooks on learning to live with negative emotions – sharing because…?? I don’t know? Someone else might find it useful? My brain is a weird place and I feel you deserve full disclosure of that? Something. πŸ˜€

 

this is different

it’s not bottling

i know bottling

i come from a long hereditary line of bottling

this is just… acknowledging that the feelings are there but that that doesn’t mean they have to be in charge, right

yes, okay, i’m feeling blue

it’s kind of a light summery aqua, not a navy, so it’s easier

but it’s like

okay

there is blue

this does not actually change anything

yay blue

hi blue

blue is fine

blue is not in charge

red is not in charge

purple is not in charge

blue is not in charge not because it’s blue, but because it’s a feeling, and feelings don’t get to be in charge

they get to help

lots

they get to advise

but they only get to be in charge when I decide they are in charge

and right now, nope, not in charge

so

yes, i see you blue

you are there, and you are blue

and you can go and sit in your little blue corner and be blue, and that is fine

but while you do that, i’m just going to be over here being competent

and you can join me when you’re done, m’kay?

/nod.

/endrandom.