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Friday, 27 December 2013

Creatively Speaking - I Needed A Box

Just a quick post today - I bought my sister a necklace for Christmas but it didn't come in a box.

So I made one out of old Christmas cards.

There are loads of videos out there that show you how to do this... you might even know how to make a box like this already. But this is the tutorial that I used:

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Cards

The other week I mentioned making Christmas cards.

Well I will now show you some of the fruits of my labour - how I changed this...

in to this...

Now I'm not going to give you a step by step tutorial on how to make these - get some card and let your creative side out - that's as tutorial like as this is going to get.

But I'll give you a list of things that I have used to make my cards:

glue - a couple of types
confetti - snowflake shaped, holly shaped
old Christmas cards
glitter glue
tissue paper

I think that's it.

One piece of advice when making a selection of cards - have a theme. My theme was snowflakes/wintry scenes. Having a theme makes card production a little bit faster.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Weekly Writing - Where I've Been Going Wrong

I had an 'Oh' moment this week.

By 'Oh' moment I mean one of those Oh so that's why that happened... or didn't happen moments.

I have recently finished reading 2k To 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, And Writing More Of What you Love by Rachel Aaron.

Now my 'Oh' moment occurred when I was reading the part where Rachel talks about plotting:

For plot I need: the end and the beginning, in that order. Figuring out the end of a book is my number one priority.

(And if you want to read more advice from Rachel, or more about 2k To 10k, you can visit her blog - Pretentious Title).

So I read this sentence I had my 'Oh' moment because this is something I failed to do with my Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 - I had no idea how it ended in April and I still have absolutely no idea how it ends now. My characters were just wandering blindly towards some unknown goal - not good.

This is not the case with my Victorian thriller mystery as I knew 'whodunnit' from the beginning. But my Camp NaNo steampunk extravaganza I have no clue...

It's all very well writing NaNo 'by the seat of your pants' but if you don't know where you are going your inspiration and enthusiasm can splutter and die.

I think I may need to plot more carefully in future.

Friday, 13 December 2013


I cut out some paper snowflakes the other day and I was surprised at how some of them turned out.

Well it's always a surprise really - you don't really know whet it will look like until you unfold them.

But some end up looking like this...

I think this one is quite pretty

This one was a bit weirder

And this one ended up looking like a cog.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Weekly Writing

I didn't do a weekly writing post last week as I didn't have anything to tell you... so there didn't seem to be much point in wasting your time telling you... well nothing.

I've had a lot of nothing this year. The last time I wrote anything more substantial than scribbled ideas was April. I dragged myself kicking and screaming a little further in to editing the first draft of my NaNo 2011.

But I've got a feeling that 2014 is going to be different.

But having had what could be deemed a 'bad year' (although I've had worse... just not writing wise) this video struck a chord...

Sunday, 1 December 2013

NaNoWriMo Countdown

NaNoWriMo 2013 is now officially over (at least it is in the UK and anywhere in a time zone ahead of the UK).

And what better way to celebrate than to tell you that there are now

365 DAYS

to go until the start of NaNoWriMo 2014?