I Aten’t Dead

Art, everyday, Writing

In fact, I just hit 50K words on my nosferatu novel!

And I submitted a fantasy story to the DuoLingo call for stories! That money sure would help me out in buying ISBNs! Or, you know…gas.Various characters and critters (and even a car!) done in ink and marker, made of random shapes

I’ve been using Habitica to help me take vitamins and do art and stuff more consistently. You know it’s an effective program because within a week of joining, I cleaned my desk. (My desk hadn’t been cleaned for MONNNNNTHS and was just buried in papers.) I’ll try to use it to help me update my blog more consistently sheesh!

I’m enjoying Aggretsuko on Netflix (Japanese only please, they added too many swears to the English dub!) and the Great Big Story channel on YouTube.

I’ve been feeling pretty blah this year, but things are turning around now, thank goodness!

Tiny Update

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Heyo!

Life got busy this month (hello, holidays!), so I dropped out of Huevember for my sanity. Gingersnap Cat Christmas is up to 15K words and still going strong! I’m staying offline so I can try to finish it before December. Hopefully I’ll work up enough energy to scan some of the random art I’ve done.

Also, if you haven’t played STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME I recommend it. No ads, no microtransactions, just great Zelda-esque fun times. Also Dustin’s sprite is spot on and I love it.

Help a Therapy Cat named Punks

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Help Punks Get Her Tumor Removed!

Punks the Cat has a massive lipoma on her back between her shoulders that is limiting her mobility. We are trying to raise the funds necessary to get it removed. Visit our YouCaring page to read our story. If you can help, go to our campaign on YouCaring by clicking on the widget below. And please share. Each share means more than you know.

Punks is a therapy cat owned by Jennifer Amriss to help her with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and chronic anxiety. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

In my quest to figure out what to do for my latest webpage, I stumbled upon Ms. Amriss’ site and this plea to help get surgery for her therapy kitty. Our cat Pixel isn’t an official therapy cat, but he’s helped our family through a lot of tough times, so I wanted to pass word along in case you could help.

Resolutions, 2017

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I have two resolutions this year:

  1. Write at least 250 words a day.
  2. Learn to bake homemade bread.

I’ve attempted to bake bread two or three times before. Tends to come out…uh, let’s say dense. But now that my KitchenAid is here (in hot rod red, of course), I gotta try out that dough hook! Mom’s going to help me.

Having just finished writing an 400,000-word book (took 15 years) and two short stories (in 2 months), I know I can write! However, I’m interested in seeing if using Spreadsheet Voodoo to measure my words per day can increase my consistency (and maybe my output).

I kept the daily wordcount low to set myself up for success. Since I’ve started using my spreadsheets (Tuesday) I’ve written about 1K on My Frenchie Valentine (working title), and 2K on The Horror of Hriana (working title). So far, so good!

Any resolutions you wanna share?

3 things I discovered in 2016

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In 2016, I discovered many a new and good thing, including (but not limited to):

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Half-sleeve shirts. What did I ever do without them? (Answer: I either looked less-than-professional in plain ol’ T-shirts, or I kepr rolling my sleeves up.) Loved layering my black half-sleeve shirt with bright necklaces and loud cardigans/dusters.

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Krita. Photoshop CS2 began some strange voodoo in 2016–like making all the art tools disappear, whoops? So I sought out a replacement digital art program. Krita is free, it is awesome, and now that I understand it better, I love it.

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(Courtesy Wikipedia)

My cat’s personality type. Pixel J. Cat esq., an orange tabby, lived with my husband some 8 years before I married into the family. Though Pixel and I have always gotten along well, I find him puzzling at times. For instance, why does he ignore my corkboard of jewelery (which is currently on the floor, leaned against a wall), when other cats would go nuts destroying all the shiny things?

Then I discovered his personality type through the blog The Way of Cats. Pixel’s a “gamma” type cat. Here’s the Gamma explained:

These are cats who don’t know the environment can be changed.

Training them consists of anticipating their needs and letting them know how much we care. These cats hate to be a bother.

The Gamma’s retiring nature will bloom under dedicated fussing, and they must never be neglected.

Pammy’s blog has helped me level up in my cat mom skills, and for that I’ll forever be grateful!

Tune in next time when I announce my two goals for 2017!