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Changing Things Up A Little

So life is crazy and hectic but I love my blog and want to do more with it–I am stuck at a crossroads of sorts: keep this as a once a week hobby blog or buckle down and really make this blog a creative hub. There is a lot to do if I want to do the second– starting with  MORE POSTS! I’ll get to the rest of my plan for global blog domination later, hehe.

I have tried posting every day and that just doesn’t work for me. The time spent on blog posts every day is less time working on my actual creative projects. It is a conundrum, I know. Posting once a week though seems like not enough to keep my readership interested and more importantly to grow my readership. SO  my compromise is this: Monday, Wednesday, Friday will be my main days for actual posts with Tuesday and Thursdays being reserved for extra tidbits I come up with but isn’t required.  Why are you sharing all this with us, you ask? Because writing things down and sharing them is a good way to create a contract with yourself.  Well, at least it is for me. If I put this out there as my plan I am going to work a lot harder not to disappoint.

So there we go.

Music Mondays, Writing Wednesday, and Fantastic Fridays (most likely visual arts related, but who knows!)

The second part of my plan for my blog is to devote a certain amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs. I can’t expect people to comment on mine if I don’t reciprocate. So we will see! 2018 is just around the corner and I want it to be a big year for our little Steamgear Tavern!

So random , I know!

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999: new year!

Holiday break was lovely but I am happy to be back at work and to have a bit of time to myself. I am feeling recharged towards upcoming projects and have even been actually planning things out! Here’s what’s coming up for 2017

  1. Finish editing The Grand Adventures of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates.
  2. Send said script out to beta readers for feedback.
  3. Complete a first draft of the sequel The Remarkable Journey of Sebastian Starling.
  4. Start major plot work on Achelon City Chronicles: City of Hope
  5. Get LK Designs online and in some stores in our area.
  6.  Make more art just for myself.
  7. Keep up my bullet journal and continue to find ways to get organized!


Yes, I know–that’s a lot of goals. But I long ago learned to temper my expectations to keep from being disappointed if I can’t check every little thing off my list. Any progress is better than no progress at all!

I’ve switched my blog days to Wednesdays so we will see if that helps me keep up with it better!

I wish everyone a wonderful, happy, productive year!

Happy bright colors for the new year! 
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333: my secret love

As my blog subtitle states: I am a Jill of all trades and master of none. I accept that about myself and after years of struggling to find focus have learned to embrace my wide ranging skillset.

I draw. I paint. I play violin. When pressed, I can act on stage. I do scenic design. I write. And not to brag, but I am pretty darn good at my job. However, my secret love–what I have discovered I reeeeeeeeeally enjoy doing is producing projects.


I said it.

I love being a producer. If I was filthy rich I would totally take over the film industry! Or at least some middle sized theatres–haha!

I really love getting an idea and bringing people together to make something happen. Wether it is a staged reading, a parody movie among friends, festivals etc.

That’s it. Just a revelation!


Smurphy by Steve Gamba


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24601: The numbers are arbirtrary

So I think updating once a week will be optimum for me. It gives me time to mull over what I want to say so I can make sure it is worthwhile.

All that to say I’ve been very busy! Crafty projects in the works and writing projects in the works. Let me break it down.


  • I finished Act 1 of The Grand Adventure of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates! Woot! I have gotten a LOT of really good feedback which is great for helping me figure out how to shape Act 2 as well as how to fill out some scenes and characters that are still a little stiff and lacking.
  • Started Act 2 of same play as part of Camp NanoWrimo. Although I am writing by hand for the most part it will be great to use Camp as a catalyst for Focus–argh, my dreaded nemesis! Harhar!  Hoping to at least get it roughed out so I can move on to Act 3 and detailing the entire draft during May.
  • Writing a quick 10 page play for Shakespeare’s birthday in two weeks–yikes! Better get on that! More details on that next week once I’ve got my idea fully outlined!


Crafting and Art:

  • Working to get ready for our first show of the year in May! Onwards and upwards!

More updates next week! ciao!

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24: rediscovering the joy   

I have many friends who do amazing things of all kinds. One thing they all pretty much do better at than me is reading. I don’t mean that in any sort of derogatory way to them or to myself. It is simply a fact. 

I don’t have time to read much. Or to be honest, I feel guilty when I read–I feel like I should be doing something productive towards one of my other creative pursuits. It’s dumb I know, and I am working on it. As a writer I should be devouring books, but it just hasn’t been fun. 

That being said I have made a goal for myself this year–a small one but a goal nonetheless!  

I will read 10 nonfiction books and 2 fiction books this year, by golly! This goal is two fold. First, I can finish these darn fiction books I started forever ago! Second I can read some of my nonfiction books that have just been moldering away on my shelves for an embarrassingly long time! And another advantage to this is that I will feel like I am learning something a feeling I miss, since graduating college and very much enjoy. 

Here’s to 2016! A year of rediscovering the joy of reading!

A wide variety of topics for sure!
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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
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40: onto the next

Christmas is over and tucked away till next year and now it is time to look to the future! 

I’ve shared some goals for next year and while I will constantly be evaluating and examining and working towards those goals it is time for something more concrete: a planner! 


Bullet journaling is something I am exploring as its great for when you have little time
I have had a planner every year to varying degrees of success. I am going to have to buckle down like with the blogging to make it a habit. I am making my own planner this year in hopes that it will make it more appealing by letting me have exactly what I want and need. We will see. 


This type of bullet journal is a little bizarre to me but I gavent discounted it yet!
The amount of resources on the Interwebs about journaling and planners is as vast as Saturn’s rings. I am not kidding! However, I have plowed through the realms of Pinterest finding articles and pictures that seem like they will be useful! 

With washi tape in hand I will see what I can come up with!

3 days and counting!


I definitely want to include this every day if I can!

I love the idea of using icons to help sort bits and bobs jotted down!