Movin’ on up

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Yep, I’ve gotten some pretty good news in the last 12 hours or so. Some of it I can tell you, some I have to keep hush-hush until next week ๐Ÿ˜‰

First off, the news I can’t tell (because spoilers) : Got a great new opportunity that, while it won’t make me any more money, will look good on bios and resumes and should be a lot of fun.

Secondly: I made my first sale on my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadMindCreationsย Have to get it ready to ship out today so it can be on the way to its new owner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also have to figure out how much it weighs with packing, because I don’t have an official postal scale. I wonder if my husband’s kitchen scale will do the trick……

So today’s starting out exciting. Work will be work, but hopefully with this stuff in the back of my mind it won’t be too bad. Yeah, I’ve gotย das boot, but I think I can handle the hassle if it means I have these other things to look forward to. I might even treat myself to a little something later today (with the small amount of $$ I got from the sale lol). This might even spark more creative activity that’s kind of gone to the side for quite some time. Need to make more goodies for the shop.

My husband wants me to make some purses for the Etsy shop like the sugar skull Stormtrooper one I made for myself, but I’m debating on that. It’s a pain to make, but if I can figure out a faster/cheaper way of making it I might give it a go. Might. We shall see.

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Halfway points

First revisions are roughly halfway through…steampunk mask is roughly halfway through…making progress on different fronts, but still a lot to do in my creative worlds.

I’m really liking how book 1 is coming along, but I’ve noticed that some parts are better written than others, so maybe I’m, like, quarter-way through? I want to finish the first run-through before I go back and tackle that issue, so maybe I’ll still consider this halfway. Or not. I have no clue. Math and writing don’t always sync up.

The mask is going along great as well, but I have come to a screeching halt as I realize that the rivets I have are too long for attaching the thicker leather pieces to the suede. They’re fine for the harness that I’m going to make for the phoenix breastplate, but after testing some scrap leather I’ve discovered that nope, they’re not going to work for the mask. So back to the drawing board–or rather, the craft store.

Later on today I’m going to finally start piecing together the steampunk pants for my husband’s Cyclops cosplay. Since I’ve hit a brick wall with the mask, I really have nothing else to distract me.

Gods, I hate sewing pants.

Taking an Internet/revising break right now. Have to get these things done as well. Sure, there’s more time on the “deadline” I’ve given myself for the book, but it’s also just as intensive as the cosplay. Perhaps not as physically intensive, but if I get stuck on this I can’t just go to the other room and stare at the pattern instructions to visualize how the difficult part is supposed to go together. Wouldn’t it be nice if authors could do that? Just buy some formulaic patterns for their novels, find the right “fabric” and “thread” and just pin the pieces to each other & throw them into a machine that puts the finished project together….Well, I guess some authors kind of do that. Hell,ย I’m kinda doing that. Dystopian setting, main character, love interest(s), conflict, action, resolution…Never mind lol

Don’t get me wrong; it’s still hard work. Creation of any kind is tough. You’ve got to balance, edit, build, break down, add, erase, etc.

I guess I should get back to cosplay soon. Those two steampunk outfits are far from halfway over….

Creative challenges

It never fails. I can’t do something, so naturally Iย want to do it.

I’m talking about artwork and crafts, and I have an idea in mind for something for my steampunk Dark Phoenix cosplay that I can’t implement until after my in-laws come to visit this weekend. I mean, I can draw up a paper mockup but that’s not getting the actual project done now, is it?

The same goes for making a phoenix wall hanging sculpture to sell on Etsy and sewing my husband’s Cyclops cosplay pants….it seems like I’ve regained my crafting drive right when it’s least convenient.

At this same time, I’ve once again stalled on my WIP. It’s not too bad of a stall….just decided to take out a chapter that wasn’t flowing with the rest of the story, which means taking out the lead in from the previous chapter, rewriting the chapter to fit, and of course rewriting the beginning of the following chapter (and possibly rewriting the majority of the following chapter). I know a lot of “experts” say to just get the story down and worry about rewrites later, but that’s not how I operate. I want it to flow, and if I can’t get it to flow I can’t envision the next step in the narrative.

I’m going to give myself a few days to see if something clicks on the WIP. You never know; it could happen. I’ve surprised myself before.

So there’s my creativity for you: I want to do all the projects Iย can’t do right now, and the one project I can easily do I’m stuck on. Maybe I should just play Bloodborne for a while until I get bored with dying.

Grand Designs

The first sketch is drawn up for my first phoenix wall sculpture and I’m pretty excited. I have to work around my work schedule and the time I get over at my parents’ house (since apartment neighbors frown on excessive fumes from heat sealing, contact cement, and spray paint).

Gotta start scanning art to my computer too. Now that I have a quality scanner that scans & prints larger-sized images, I can take advantage of that and make my own art prints. I may start making more clay designs in coming weeks as well. I had planned on getting at least one new item up in the Etsy shop each week, so I have to start producing more stuff. No product, no $$. Basic economics.

Since I don’t have the time this morning to actually start cutting foam for anything, I may sketch up something else to make as well. I’ve considered a dragon sculpture, and I’ve gotten some suggestions of things like a flying unicorn or even a flying pig! (I gotta admit, the pig thing’s kinda funny….And I happen to know where I can get bright pink craft foam) ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, of course, I’m going to retake some of the photos of the things I’ve already listed on Etsy. I want to get better quality images, with good lighting, that showcase the art.

But first thing’s first: shower. Then doctor’s appointment. Then work.ย Then artsy stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

Work of Art…Friday?

It’s not alliteration, but it’ll have to do. I haven’t had any new art to show in a while, but the new printer/scanner I got has me excited about drawing again. Here’s a little something I cooked up in the wee hours this morning:

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A tad off-center, but overall I like it. I’ve been experimenting a lot in the past year with more abstract, fluid shapes instead of drawing lifelike details. I think it’s a better style for me, and I kind of like the ink drawing/coloring. It’s a little frustrating at time (can’t erase, after all), but it’s also a little soothing. Sometimes I try to ink out specific things, like the dragon with flames above, or sometimes it’s just random shapes, like this:

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That one was scanned on a different printer/scanner, but you get my drift. Just letting the forms take shape as they will, and maybe thickening the lines/curves if I goof up a bit. Turning those mistakes into happy little trees. Or something.

The great thing about this new printer is that I can scan and print different sized images (not just letter or legal sizes) to be able to scan and print more of my art, and even make prints on photo paper. I mean, it was a pain trying to scan 11 x 14 images at an office supply store, then paying for the scan and paying even more if I wanted it printed. Now? Now I can do it myself, at home, whenever I want. And yeah, I have to pay for the photo quality paper–but it’s all mine.

I will probably post more art in the coming days/weeks/whatever. Some will be brand new, some will be older stuff that I couldn’t scan previously. I may even reinstate my “Work of Art Wednesday” (and bring back that good ol’ alliteration). ๐Ÿ˜‰

A tad behind….

Okay, so more than a tad behind.ย Really behind. Like, 3 1/2 years behind.

I’m talking about getting my wedding photos printed. I’ve been meaning to since the day after we got married, but I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. Why, you ask? Well, there are several reasons. 1) I’m a known procrastinator. 2) Expensive to print at Wal-Mart/Walgreens/etc etc. 3) I didn’t have the super mega awesome printer that I have now.

I’m loving the way the photos came out. They’ve been on our Facebook page for our wedding, but there’s something about seeing them printed out that feels great. And all nice and neat in an album? Even better!

Next on my plans for the printer is to print a few samples of my art and see how they turn out. If they turn out looking nice, I’ll print them on photo paper and be able to have actualย prints that I can sell to people, rather than just the plain paper drawing/painting/etc. I might even be able to make and sell (or give away) prints of the painting I did for the cover art of my novel. That might be nice, being able to have a giveaway deal…might garner some interest in the book and if I can sell the prints even better, because that means more $$ for me (however little lol).

Nothing much else to report. It’s been a slow few days. I got started on the cutting of the fabric for my husband’s Cyclops cosplay, but then my serger kind of is acting up and I want to troubleshoot that when I get a chance–most likely this weekend–and see if I can jigger it to where it’s behaving before I start sewing any pieces together.

Work of Art Wednesday

I haven’t done this in a long time, but I’ve gotten some new artwork drawn and I’d like to share some of it.

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I really like the forms on this one. It’s for an RPG book called “Quantum Collapse,” to be put out by D3 Adventures. I’ll be posting the art I did for them on DeviantArt here soon…well, eventually. Some of them might even be available as prints! ๐Ÿ™‚