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Hitting the road… with my face

Well no, not that hard though! But you know those days when everything seems to be going slow, and no matter what you do, nothing seems to help? Yeah, I’m having those days right now, or maybe even weeks. I stopped Inktober about a week before being done, because it was becoming too stressful for me, and although I had ideas for the prompts, they just didn’t make it to the paper. I’m glad I entered for the first 3 weeks though, as it was a fun experience, and I got to do so much more than just drawing! I’ve learned that it doesn’t take much for me to get started on something. A little drawing will do, and the motivation comes crawling 🙂

The past 2 weeks have been a little lazy on the creative front though, as I’ve been more concerned about other stuff. Boring stuff like cleaning up the house and getting ready for Christmas. Oh, and I’ve been raiding second hand shops like an idiot! I want to make my own paper, so I bought most of the tools I need from second hand shops, and don’t need much more to get started, other than maybe paper scraps, haha! I also want a label punch, so that I can punch a label for my handmade stuff that I want to sell, of course from the homemade paper. I just really like recycling, and giving my stuff a personal touch, so I thought this was a good idea, instead of printing business cards that all look the same, and will be a waste of paper anyway. Yeah, I expect customers to throw them away, but I still want to leave my mark, and make it a personal experience for both of us.

So, why have I still not opened the shop? The thing is that I’m working on it right now, but I’m keeping the storefront closed until I’m all set and ready. And because of an annoying issue, this might still take a while. I’d really like to advertise local, as it’s possible to post flyers in well visited grocery shops, and I can see from other flyers that there is in fact interest. But when selling local, I don’t want to use my own personal home address, because people could (and will) see it as an invitation to stop by my house. It wouldn’t mean anything if I had a registered business, or if I just had an office that wasn’t part of the actual house (yeah, you can actually have that!), but since it’s a hobby, I’d not want someone from the nearby town to show up on my doorstep, as it would just result in me calling the police, and yadda yadda… But looking at what a P.O. Box costs at PostNord, I can see that it’s impossible to get one, as their prices literally scream “We only want big businesses to rent a box, so fuck off peasant!”. This forces me think of other things, which I’m currently working on too. Yeah, I’ve got a plan, but I’m not sure if the one I want to include in this plan is going to agree with it being a GOOD plan, although I’m fairly positive about it. I’ll find out one day, when everyone has time for a talk, and that part seems to be the hardest one XD

Other than that, I’m actually not doing much right now. I have yet to watch the rest of Mushishi, but I’m not in a hurry anyway. I did however, get my Bard to lvl 70 in FFXIV, and then my boyfriend had the wonderful idea of leveling my Paladin next. Ugh, I’m not a good tank, so I do dungeons as Summoner instead, leveling both at the same time, but with each their own method of gaining EXP. Tedious, but tanks need leveling too…

Little Witch Academia – Review

So I finally watched the last episode of the first season of Little Witch Academia, and it was fun! I had previously watched the 2 movies, so I was really looking forward to the start of the series, but it just took me sooo long to watch it all, because I had tons of other stuff I wanted to do. At first, I found it to resemble the movies quite a lot, but after the first episode, the new story started.

We follow Akko on her way to the academy, but since she is just an ordinary human, and not at all anything that resembles a witch, she has a hard time even finding it. She tags along with 2 other students, Sucy and Lotte, who help her get to her destination, as they are all going to the same place anyway. It is at this time Akko finds out what a struggle her new life will be, as it requires her to be able to fly on a broom to even enter the academy, which she can’t do.

As she arrives at the academy though, she gets paired up with Sucy and Lotte, and they get to share a room together. While Sucy is into mushrooms and weird brews, Lotte is the more invisible and silent type. It doesn’t take long for Akko to get her newfound friends into all sorts of trouble, because of her lack of magic powers and knowledge, but they stick together and get by. It is being revealed, that a teacher named Ursula is in charge of Akko, as she is the only one who believes in her.

While Akko is dreaming of becoming a great witch like her idol Chariot, she actually obtains her old magical wand, which is part of something way bigger than the little new witch can handle. She grows with every challenge though, which she decides to manage in her own peculiar ways. It’s not easy when being an ordinary human though, and having a rival who is good at basically everything, the famous daughter of a long line of witches, Diana; things get spicy at the academy.

I found it to be a joy watching Akko, Sucy and Lotte find each other, and witnessing how their friendship keeps growing with every obstacle they manage to overcome. Diana is also a great counterpart to Akko, and although she is stuck up, she’s still kind of likable, as she makes mistakes which she cannot correct alone, leaving her to sometimes relying on Akko’s weird ideas.

Of course it’s not all fun and games, as there is a bigger story behind it all, which I cannot wait to see in season 2. I will not spoiler anything in this review, but believe me when I tell you, that if you also watched the 2 movies first, then you know nothing of what is to come. So go dive into the weirdness of Akko and her friends 🙂

Vacation time, lazy time, and other times

I should totally have put up one more post for auto-publishing, but I didn’t think it would take so long for me to get back into writing one again. Sooo, autumn vacation is over, people are getting sick, leaves are falling, people are getting sick, and Christmas isn’t that far away. Oh, and people are getting sick. This will just be a random post about my current thoughts and activities, so nothing special, you can skip it, haha!

Let’s start with Inktober! I was actually doing really great, until vacation time hit, and then my boyfriend got sick. When he’s lazy, I’m lazy, so I got nothing done the last 4 days, ugh! I feel awful for not having done one drawing a day, as my streak was awesome. But I did the drawings last night, and will post them on Instagram today. I’ve noticed how doing a tiny drawing a day has actually made me active overall. I feel like doing something more after being done with my drawing, and it has led to me making more bracelets again. Chainmaille is really fun, so I’m sticking to that for a while, although I’m also planning some washer bracelets. On top of that, I’m also working on displays for bracelets and necklaces. If I succeed in making them pretty and useful, I will write tutorials on how to make them yourself, as they are made with materials almost everyone has lying around or can get for cheap anyway. Being creative and crafty is so much fun!

From my Instagram.
From my Instagram.
From my Instagram.

But as the title states, I’ve also been pretty lazy. We started watching the new Star Trek Discovery on Netflix, and despite what people say about it, I think it’s absolutely brilliant! Yeah, granted, Michael is a shitty main character, but the focus isn’t that much on her anymore, so that’s nice. We also watched Star Trek Beyond, and although it was riddled with flaws, it was still a really great movie. Aaand I’ve finally gotten around to watch the last episode of Little Witch Academia, the first season at least, and will write a review for it here soon (next post I believe). Castlevania has also been dragged through my lazy eyeballs, and although it only had a few episodes for starters, I’m eager to see what will happen next. The pacing is a little off, but overall, I found the story to be interesting, so I hope they’ll make more episodes sooooon! Yesterday, I started watching Mononoke and Mushishi, and while I’m not sure if I want to continue with Mononoke, I’m sure as hell gonna finish Mushishi! It’s absolutely wonderful!

Since the last 2 weeks were vacation and sick time (not for me, I’m fine, yay!), I haven’t really played much FFXIV. Got a few hours for myself, and did the challenge log as good as I could, but that’s it, ugh. Monk is lvl 70, and now I’m on Bard, because why not. Deadpool is still alive and kicking as a retainer, and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of him again. Having those extra 20 marketplace slots has made it so much easier to level crafting, as I don’t clutter my inventory with all the stuff I want to sell. Playing is my way of getting rid of stress, and often the sole reason I even turn on the PC. And I need to play for DAYS now to get back to normal!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. Vacation time and Netflix, hooray. It’s November soon though, and the time for me to buy Christmas presents. That means, that it’s also time for others to buy presents, and I better get my shop up and running for the shopping rush! Not that I’d expect any sales, but it would be fun. My goal was to have it up and running when summer was over, but I just never got around to it. Maybe because I’m still unsure of how Storenvy works, as it really keeps me away from actually doing anything. Ugh, I hate myself for that. I just need to kick myself in the bum and get it done!