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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!

Inktober 2017

Sooo, I’ve decided to join Inktober this year! Not because I want to showcase great art made with ink, because I’m unable to produce something like that, but to get better at traditional media, and maybe get a more steady hand when drawing. I also want to try and be consistent, and hopefully learn from that experience, in order to use the things I learn in other contexts.

I went and read the official 2017 prompt list, and decided to try and stick to it, instead of coming up with stuff myself. Discipline I guess? Anyway, I bought a little package with 4 ink pens in different sizes, and will hopefully have learned how to properly use them by the end of the month. I then grabbed one of the sketchbooks I had lying around and never used, and started sketching my ideas for some of the prompts, as I tend to forget what I had in mind, or change my mind along the way. And it’s sooo hard!

As of right now, I have the first 13 days sketched out, and it took me 3 days to get the ideas. While some prompts are easy, like ‘poison’ for example, I had a really hard time coming up with something for ‘crooked’, and my boyfriend even helped me with ‘teeming’. I have so much work to do still, and this is a hard month for me to find time, because my boyfriend has vacation soon, and he doesn’t want to just sit at the table and wait for me to get done with a drawing. So… I’ll probably have to cheat, and draw the images I need to upload during his vacation beforehand, or else I’ll get stressed too much to do anything.

But hey, I chose Ghosty to be my model every day, which has both advantages and disadvantages. He’s fairly easy and quick to draw, which is the good part, but… the ideas I come up with have to fit into his world, which is the hard part. I usually go for a funny or lighthearted tone when drawing him, putting him into situations that are usually nerdy pop culture or everyday life (for anyone but him). Some of the prompts won’t always let me do that though, so it’s not only the ink that’s a bit darker this month, but also the overall theme. Or at least some times…

Anyway, we’re now 2 days in, so I’ve uploaded 2 images already. Swift and Divided were the first 2 prompts, and I did my best to try and depict them with Ghosty. While ‘swift’ was easy (I luuuuurve the Netflix series The Flash!), I struggled with ‘divided’, and am not 100% happy with the outcome. I won’t be happy with all of them anyway, so this is a feeling I’ll have to get used to during this month.

Okay, enough talk, I have to come up with more ideas as long as I have the time to do so, so yeah. Until next time, which will be a review of Kakegurui 🙂

From my Instagram.
From my Instagram.

Writing that… Light Novel?

Last week I watched a video of The Anime Man, which was an interview with the author of a light novel that caused his breakthrough as a writer. I didn’t watch all of it, as it was a bit of a drag I think, but one thing got stuck in my head. He wrote like 16 light novels in 9 months! Okay, so he was single and unemployed, and he said he had all the time in the world, but still, 16 ideas and stories done in 9 months, that impressive!

It made me think of my own writing, or lack thereof. You know that feeling when something is bothering you, but you can’t quite pinpoint what exactly it is? Yeah, that’s what I felt about my own story so far; something. It didn’t feel like a real novel to me, so after watching the most interesting part of that video, I thought a lot about what I’ve been doing. Then, few days ago while gathering in FFXIV (I always read stuff while gathering, else I’d die from boredom), I decided to read up on light novels, and found some very interesting articles.

Until now, all I’ve been reading about were normal novels, so it was quite refreshing to read about something with no rules or limitations. Or well, novels don’t have those either, but light novels have more freedom it seems. Then I realized what has been bothering me all this time; my story is very dialog heavy! The story is being told through dialog, and not by what is actually happening. On top of that, my characters are very much inspired by anime and manga. Light novels rely on dialog instead of actions, are inspired by (and sometimes adapted to) anime and manga, so… I’m writing a light novel?

I let that new thought sink in for a few hours, and while doing so, it felt like a heavy burden had been removed from my shoulders. The burden of feeling like what I’m doing isn’t nearly as good as it should be, and not wanting to move forward with it because of that. But I wasn’t at fault; it was just me thinking in the wrong lane. I’m not writing a normal novel, I’m writing a light novel!

Then my thoughts went back to the video I watched, and that the author wasn’t just concentrating on one story for starters. As weird as it may sound, I also watched a video about the psychological aspects of Boku no Pico. Yep, Boku no Pico… And one thing there made me think about something I’d like to write about; observing random people. So I went and wrote a very short first person story of 1½ pages, where people are being observed by someone sitting on a bench. It’s a story with very little dialog, and it was refreshing to write it! I might publish it on a site at some point, but right now I’ll just leave it be.

Writing something very different than what I’ve been working on the past months has revitalized me, and new ideas for my main story are finding their way to my notes. I still have tons of other stuff I want to do before I write again, but I feel much better about what I’ve done so far, and it will surely help me when writing the rest of it 🙂