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#MusicMonday Hehehe

I love Beethoven!


Inspiration · She's Crafty!


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!

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 

#WritingWednesday Lists

I love lists!

Which is good because my brain has always been going in six different directions all at once. (Hashtag Scattered. Hashtag MajorMomBrain). I have the typical to-do lists, books to read lists, movies to watch, colors to taste etc. But today I want to focus on list making for my writing process.

I like lists because seeing a task in writing helps make a task concrete, and therefore I am more likely to accomplish it. It also makes something that seems insanely out of reach more tangible and achievable–it takes the fear out of getting started. But Lainey, I hear you ask, shouldn’t you just write instead of taking up valuable time making a list of what to write about? I point you to above Hashtags–haha!

For short stories and small scripts I can definitely pants* with the best of them, however, for longer more involved projects I often feel myself getting lost and just circling around one writing task and never quite getting anything done. When working on a big project I like to both write the story AND work on world building sort of bouncing back and forth. It keeps my scattered self interested in the project and I feel that one usually informs the other and vice versa.  This is where lists come in handy. I like to make a list of world building elements/questions I need to address for the sake of the story that way when I get stuck on a scene I can go straight to my list without wasting much time, and more. importantly brain power.

Obviously, this system works best for me. Will it work for you? I don’t know–try it and see?

What sort of things do you use lists for? I’m always up for hearing new ideas!



*pantser = a term coined by NaNoWriMo writers that refers to “flying by the seat of your pants” in regards to just following where the story goes as opposed to meticulous planning


Shake Shake Senora #MusicMonday

So here is my first installment of Music Monday!

As usual Mondays are hectic–especially with two little ones to get out the door and in the car, but once we get to that point it is usually pretty fun in the car. One of my three year old’s favorite songs (at least for now) is Shake Shake Senora. Now the obvious reason I love that song is that it is the ending credits for my favorite movie of all time: Beetlejuice. Beyond that, however, it is just a fun funky song with a good beat and a good beat is paramount to starting the day off right!

I hope you all have a groovalicious Monday! 


Shake, shake, shake, Senora Shake your body line Work, work, work, Senora Work it all the time Dance, dance, dance, Senora Dance it all the time Work, work, work, Senora Work it all the time

Goals! · Uncategorized

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!


Brainstorming! #amwriting

Nothing like being trapped backstage during an estate planning event to get the creative juices flowing! Haha! (No really, I don’t mind my job! Love it in fact!) I’m not sure if this will make sense but here we go.

So I have struggled with how to end the Chronicles of Captain Stormhaven for a looooong time but I think I have figured out how I want it to end. It’s part Magnificent Seven, part Winter Soldier but I think it will work well for the overall story of Captain Stormhaven as well as be more different that this makes it sound.

The clues lead Winter and her crew to Sweet Destiny, Arizona Territory (still need to world build exactly how America works in this world!) and seemingly hit a dead end. The town has been under siege by a mad man and his mechanical monsters and the desperate townsfolk hire Winter and her crew to help them defend the town. They prep the town and it’s folks for fighting and in the process of the final battle Winter glimpses William although he is not the same man (half man half mechanical creature) and he doesn’t remember her at all.  

I know it seems like a kind of cliche western story but western stories sort of rest on cliches a little bit–archetypes is a better word for it. What is the difference between archetypes and cliches? Without looking anything definitive up to me it feels like archetypes are more positive in their perceptions and rooted in academic terms while cliches seems to focus more on the negative aspects of the thing or person being portrayed. The thing I like about cliches is taking them, establishing them within a story and then finding the ONE way to turn it on it’s head and create something new from it. 

Wow, that sort of spiraled into something else!