Inspiration · She's Crafty!

#woodworking My Husband Builds Things!

My husband is an amazing wood worker!

His attention to detail and artistic eye constantly amaze me with the things he creates. Whether it is as seemingly mundane as some shelves for our craft shows or as brilliantly designed as the birdhouses and swords and shields it is always well thought out.  He is patient in his design and execution where I am much more of a fly by my pants sort of painter–we do have to work hard to coexist with our different outlooks on crafting but in the end we mesh pretty well!

If you want to see him in action please check out his YouTube Channel! Even if you aren’t a woodworker yourself it is pretty entertaining!

I hope you have a great weekend! Woohoo!

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Did I mention my husband ALSO does amazing paint jobs?! Because he does–that is all painters tape!

 

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Inspiration · She's Crafty!

#Halloween

So as Halloween approaches and this Mama becomes Super-Crafting-Because-I-Don’t-Wanna-Pay-An-Arm-And-Leg-For-A-Costume-Mom!!

This Year I have Super Cupcake Princess to create, and Little Gray Mouse, in addition to my Fabulous Witch Hat! My daughter told me I had to be a witch–still not sure how to take that! HAHA! But I am going to be a cute anime-esque witch with a full skirted mid calf black dress with purple and green underskirts and my combat boots and of course my hat! Let’s break out the ribbon and glue gun and go to town!

I hope everyone else has a happy Halloween, however you choose to celebrate!

Process pictures will be next week!

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Inspiration–I didn’t make this! I like this but perhaps with purple and green ribbon. Simple but elegant! Maybe I’ll throw some goggles up there 
Inspiration · Writing

Character Description: Spencer Montaire

History

Spencer Montaire is from Achelon City: City of Hope formerly Children of Destiny (I will never not cringe at that title!) and I am going to reference THIS post as to the history of the writing project itself. Basically Spencer was my token boy in the group and foil for Luna–sort of. Looking back on things he really wasn’t developed at all. I mean, in 8th grade I was barely able to understand myself let alone boys so how would I know how to write male characters and make them interesting?

He represented fire and I knew I wanted him to be thoughtful and moody as opposed to the hotheaded stereotype of most fire Elementals but that was about as sophisticated as it got!
Evolution
Not much changed with him until this most recent incarnation of my story and really the changes in his character are what set off this new interest in the story. At one point I had Luna and Spencer hook up but that never felt right–too forced and formulaic. They always worked better as friends and partners. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I was pondering why I didn’t like any of the romantic pairings I had for him it dawned on me: it’s because they are women and he isn’t attracted to women. It was as if after all these years I had finally hit the right set of tumblers on the lock and Spencer’s entire character came flooding out in a way that finally made sense.

Of course I have some trepidation at writing a gay character: will I make his character believable? Will I accidentally make fun of gay people somehow? I feel mostly confident enough–don’t focus on the fact he is gay. It is part of who he is but not the defining attribute. Focus on his relationships male and female and hopefully he won’t become a caricature of anything. We will see. That is obviously what revisions will be for! And lots of talking to others–something I am always for! I want to be more inclusive in my writing; it can be awful vanilla, I think, and this will help me start.

What I like best about him:

He is a painter–using the rich colors to work through his grief, or try to work through his grief as well as capture how he sees the city around him. In this incarnation he comes to Achelon City to start over following the death of his last partner and is really struggling to overcome guilt and grief. It is through his partnership and ultimately friendship with Luna that he starts to heal.  I want to show this process within the larger story develops.

Visual inspiration

 

This is the first piece of artwork I saw that REALLY inspired me for this version of Spencer’s character. Not only are the physical characteristics spot on but the intensity of this person matches Spencer perfectly.
Mmm, shoulder harnesses. Hehe! littleulvar.deviantart.com is a fantastic artist!
This piece of artwork was what really inspired me for Spencer’s past and his relationship with his partner. I just like the closeness of these two.
It is such a WEIRD coincidence that the man on the left looks SO much like Spencer and the man on the right looks JUST like how I pictured Xir, god of fate–down to the eyepatch! I am not kidding! I want there to be several scenes with Spencer in a bar and this strange fellow shows up they talk and Xir subtly influences Spencer and the direction of the case.
Give him sandy blond hair and Sebastian Stan could TOTALLY be Spencer!
I’m not really sure what the eye shadow is for but I liked the expressions
General Music Stuff · Inspiration · Popular Music

Tonight, Tonight

Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth
And our lives are forever changed
We will never be the same
The more you change the less you feel
Believe, believe in me, believe
That life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain
We’re not the same, we’re different tonight
Tonight, so bright
Tonight
And you know you’re never sure
But you’re sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light
And the embers never fade in your city by the lake
The place where you were born
Believe, believe in me, believe
In the resolute urgency of now
And if you believe there’s not a chance tonight
Tonight, so


#SmashingPumpkins
Inspiration · Prattling · Writing

789: mundane beauty

Writers, artists, actors and musicians all seem to see the world a little…differently–it comes with the territory of working in the arts. Yes, scientists also see the world differently as do mathematicians, engineers and super models but as I am none of those other things specifically I will stick with what I know! Ha!

I drive thirty minutes one way to work every day–add that up and its ten times a week I am on the same stretch of road. Granted having my daughter in the car keeps it from getting too boring but over the course of time it can get a little, well, mundane. This is where my super power kicks in: pattern recognition. I have always enjoyed patterns of things–wether it’s numbers, colors, canned goods on shelves– anything! This has helped me keep long repetitive drives from getting so boring (I used to have an hour and a half commute–yikes!) and I feel like this only aids my writing. Life is in the details and being able to pick out the small beautiful differences in real life helps when you want to instill small beautiful differences in your writing, art, music or performance.

Now I know this isn’t some earth shaking, game changing revelation that is going to change how people write forever! However, in recognizing personal skills I hope to hone in more with my own writing.

Life is in the details.

Art is in the details.

Have a splendid week!

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And this is just because it’s funny and I like it! Haha! 

 

Inspiration · Movies · Personal Opinion

456: fearless weirdos

So this post may be a slightly self indulgent opinion post–but maybe not.

Some Background:

I have a half hour commute and most of the time that is spent doing what I call ‘head writing”–writing out scenes in my head. Some mornings, however, are rough, and on such mornings my mind tends to wander and ramble about things I enjoy: music, television, books etc instead of intense creativity. This rambling of the mind coupled with my deep rooted need to analyze EVERYTHING I tend to try to pinpoint what acutely specific reason causes me to like or dislike something.

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Some More Background:

Having recently purchased a new vehicle with a spiffy sound system and an AUX input, Toddler and I have been jamming out to Styx, Journey, Led Zeppelin, and best of all Queen. Freddie Mercury’s wide range, poetic lyricism as well as witty ‘middle fingers to the establishment’ really just jive with me–and really the guitar riffs are just awesome all around! That coupled with several different articles about Freddie Mercury and Queen popping up on my social media pages has made me think the universe wants me to think on this a bit: Why does Queen speak to me so much as music and more broadly what is it about 80’s adventure/sci-fi/action movies that appeal to me so much?

This article really helped the epiphany come to fruition. It talks about Queen’s connection to some strange and ‘weird in that 80’s sort of way’ science fiction movies and ends with a wonderful quote.

“As Freddie showed us, it takes a handful of fearless weirdos to keep things moving forward.”

Suddenly it all made sense: 80’s movies never felt the need to explain the weirdness (for the most part) they just were what they were–quirky, odd, dark, strange adventures. To me most of the movies today that even come close in strangeness feel the need to give so much exposition and backstory as to why things are weird. I get it, times change and people want to understand the villains not just watch them cackle and wear terrible prosthetic makeup and outlandish skull armor (Here’s lookin’ at you Skeletor!). I love that these films from the 80’s were fearless in their strangeness. Watching these movies growing up and listening to these artists (Oh, to have heard a duet between Bjork and Mr. Mercury!) let me know in a subtle subconscious sort of way that I should be fearless in my own weirdness and never feel the need to explain why–to be myself no matter what anyone said.

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I was very young in the 80’s itself so I did not really get much of this till late 90’s when I was old enough to be aware of differences in culture through decades and I understand there were a lot of terrible about that decade–AIDS epidemics, recessions,  terrible drug wars, rock bottom economy to say the least. I am, however, glad there were these pockets of fearless weirdos to show that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

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General Music Stuff · Goals! · Inspiration

26: hypnogogic reverie

hyp•na•gog•ic (ˌhɪp nəˈgɒdʒ ɪk, -ˈgoʊ dʒɪk)  adj.1. of or pertaining to the period of drowsiness between wakefulness and sleep
reverie (ˈrɛvərɪ) or revery  n, pl -eries

1. an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming: to fall into a reverie.

2. (Music, other) a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream

3. a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream

So together this phrase means “an absent minded daydream that comes right before sleep”. I cannot tell you where I saw this phrase but it struck me and I have decided that it will be my made up electronic band name whenever I get around to writing music. 

You laugh, but writing music has been a dream of mine since starting violin lessons al those years ago but instead of sweeping symphonies I want to play with a mixture of electronic and natural sounds. Somewhere between Brian Eno’s soundscapes and Moby’s more popular beats. Mellow but with conviction–inducing a sleepy atmosphere but catching enough to keep you right on the edge. 

Daydreams in music form. 

Moon’s Chateau by Daniel Merriam