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December 27, 2018

Highlights of 2018

This week's Top Ten Thursday is 'highlights of the year.' I'm such a slacker that I didn't really do much this year. Every year I try to do more but I always ends up doing less. So my highlights aren't all that amazing but to me actually finishing something is an accomplishment, heck, even half finishing something is worth mentioning.

01/ Re-Launch my 'tea rain girl' shop at society6 — still not promoting it as much as I should but at least my art is out there

02/ Updated my computer to the (almost) latest Mac OS — now I have constant permission problems that just refuse to go away and also one of the apps keeps crashing every time I quit it but at least I'm more up to date

03/ Still blogging — sometimes I feel a bit lackluster about blogging so I would sometimes quit but then somehow something triggers me back to blogging so even if I do quit several times a month I would always un-quit later

04/ Finished reading books that I have had on my side table for years — some books I just dread finishing even though I have been really excited to read them

05/ Finished a few art pieces that I have procrastinated on for years — like books, I seem to pause just when I should continue on

06/ I have not deleted a single post from this blog — nothing to brag about but since I have a tendency to delete posts, I thought this is a pretty good accomplishment though there are only less than 40 posts so maybe I shouldn't be so proud of myself so soon?

07/ Almost finished writing a novel — still writing it actually but I'm going to finish it no matter how long it takes

08/ Finally realized 'of course' is not spelled 'of cause' — I have not noticed my misspelling for a long while so I don't even know when I started to misspell it but now I can correctly used the phrase which is kind of a silly accomplishment but no one corrected me so...

09/ Started Instagram — I was going to quit but decided to continue because I don't know, it just seems a pity to quit so soon

10/ Walked the Brooklyn Bridge — I started this habit/tradition a few years ago of walking the Brooklyn Bridge as a sort of a celebration/tribute to my birthday and had been walking it every year and always in winter but never on the same date. I actually get a little freaked out whenever I walked near the bridge where the floor change from concrete to wooden panels and if you have ever walked on the bridge, you know it actually bounces sometimes whenever a cyclist or a cart goes by, it's pretty scary considering how high up you are and I have deep fears about heights. I usually stop somewhere after the first tower but this year I walked all the way to the end and still, there's really nothing there, just buildings but I walked back feeling quite invigorated.

What are your highlights for 2018?

For more Top Ten Thursday, visit Tamara here.

December 25, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Books & Bookish Gifts

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning.'  I don't really celebrate Christmas but I do like presents. Here are the ones I want, at least, for today.

01/ Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — there are web photos that shows a green version but I like the yellow version

02/ The Folio Society edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & illustrated by Charles Robinson — there are a lot of editions of this book but most of them are badly designed but this Folio edition looks nice

03/ Portuguese Brazilian edition of Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte — I can't read Portuguese or even recognized the language but I really like the cover of this edition

04/ Macmillan Collector's Library of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — even though they are tiny editions, I like the simple way they design the covers

05/ Metro Sleepwalking by Jimmy Liao — I can't really read Chinese but I love Jimmy Liao's work and have almost all of his books, this one I really like to have

06/ The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden — I have not read a single page of this series but I like to and there's the gorgeous covers, the above is for the UK paperbacks but I also like the U.S. versions as well

07/ Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy — Marilla before Anne of Green Gables? I definitely want to read this, I hope there are bits about Matthew in there

08/ Gift Certificates
— for more books of course

09/ Book Shelves — I do need a place to put books but honestly, shelves are just excuses for me to organize and reorganize my books

10/ Blank Notebooks — one could never have enough notebooks

~ For more Top Ten Tuesday visit That Artsy Reader Girl here ~

December 18, 2018

My favorite things for winter reading

'bedtime story'
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Winter 2018 TBR but instead of that, I'm going to list favorite things to have around for winter reading.

01/ hershey's milk chocolate with almonds nuggets — for some reason, I find eating chocolate better in cold weather and it's nice to have it as a snack while reading

02/ hot chocolate — what is reading without something warm to drink?

03/ pillows — something to lean on if you don't have a comfortable couch which I don't know

04/ blanket scarves — actually maybe this should be blankets but I really find no difference between blanket scarves and regular blankets, either one is good to keep yourself warm while reading a chilling book or two

05/ comfortable clothes — because scratching yourself while reading is not fun

06/ clock / dictionary / bookmarks — I sometimes find these three things to be very helpful

07/ a bed — I think it's the most cozy place to read from if you don't have a comfortable chair or couch plus there is the upside of falling asleep while reading

08/ notebook and pen — for that certain thought or words that you have to write down when reading

09/ handkerchiefs — for those with a runny nose during winter like me, it's good to have a handkerchief or two around and also if you end up crying over a scene or two, it would be useful too

10/ books — it's naturally the first thing you should have for a good reading experience but some people like audio/ebooks but I prefer paper books

What are your favorite things to have around while reading on cold winter days or nights?

~ For more Top Ten Tuesday visit Artsy Reader Girl here ~

December 13, 2018

Fiction: A Holiday Story

This week's Top Ten Thursday is to write a Holiday Story using the following ten words: 1. Cards, 2. Decoration, 3. Elf, 4. Jolly, 5. List, 6. Miracle, 7. Rudolph, 8. Snowflakes, 9. Traffic, 10. Wrapping paper

Fiction: A Holiday Story

The elf's green eyes keeps wavering between Hunter's face and the streets around them. Hunter Rudolph smells candy canes coming from the elf. The elf isn't an elf but he wears a green shirt with light green tights and a green hat with a white pom at the end. He takes the dollar bill from Hunter and drops four quarters into Hunter's hand. Then he walks off.

Hunter searches around for a phone booth. If only he has money to keep a phone. As he looks around him, he begins to feel dizzy. White smoke begins to appear all around him. He couldn't see anything. When the smoke clears, he finds himself fumbling with a large piece of wrapping paper in red with white snowmans. His hands automatically wraps the white box. All around him are people dressed in greens and reds, all of them short.

Hunter sticks a white bow on top of the wrapped box. He looks around him - toys litter the floor, rolls and rolls of colorful wrapping paper and ribbons are stacked against one wall. The other have shelves with tapes, scissors, colorful bottles and white mugs full of red pens and green pencils. Traffic flows almost rapidly with people going in and out of the double doors. Above paper snowflakes dangles from thin wires - not much decoration but with everything else, the room couldn't stand to have more.

A tall man with a beard walks around with a roll-up list in his hand. He keeps using the word 'jolly' as he walks around the room adding this and that comment. When he stops at Hunter's station, he smiles at Hunter. He hands Hunter a small 3x2 card. On the card it reads, 'Eat more candy canes,' and on the bottom corner it says, 'sniff me.' Hunter holds the card up toward his nose and sniff. It smells of candy canes.

An image of an old man dressed in a gray coat and a felt dress hat on his head and walking the streets in the snowy night appears to Hunter. A realization hits him. He shouldn't be here. He's not an elf. And yet, when he sees a reflection in the mirror across the room, he looks like an elf - pointed ears, small structure, even a pleasant face. He has no shadows under his eyes and his sking appears smooth and fresh.

A girl elf hands him a mug with white smoke coming out of it. "Your favorite - chocolate chocolate mint. After work, we're going dancing at the Jolly Reindeer. See you there." Hunter nods and grins at her. She smiles and then wheels a cart full of mugs down to the next person.

Hunter takes a sip. It is delicious. And it is his favorite. He wonders if he should stay. He recalls all the debts, the awful people at work, his run-down apartment, his ex-wife pounding at his door every month for her alimony - maybe he should stay here for awhile. After all, this is better than his life. He sips the rest of his drink and then he starts wrapping presents.

~ Visit more Top Ten Thursday at Tamara's blog here ~

December 2, 2018

7 Things: hand writing, social media + blogging platforms

bunny naps
01/ I just finished the above piece today. I really like creating these drawings. I'm thinking I should do more of them. They are kind of easier to create and I don't have to think too much about backgrounds. (Click on the image for a larger view)

02/ I want to redo all my old artwork. I can't seem to let go of the imperfections and mistakes I made with each piece. I know I can't perfect every little line or curve but when I see mistakes I just had to fix them.

03/ I finished NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) but I didn't finish my novel. I'm sure I have written at least 50,000 words but I didn't type them in so I can't tell how much I have written but that doesn't matter since I actually wrote a lot. Although now I worry I can't read my own hand writing when I do type in what I wrote. 

04/ I must be very anti social media because I'm starting to hate updating my Instagram page. I guess what I don't like is that you have to sign in to see and do just about everything, like can a person view who's following them without signing in? I mean, is it really necessarily to force people to sign in all the time? I'm not those people who uses their phones much or stayed signed in all the accounts so that means I only sign in when I need to so I suppose all this signing in and sign out drives me nuts enough not to sign in too much. Can't people surf the net and be anonymous anymore?

I know it's great that people can share their creation around the world with just a click through social media and on their phones but I find the more people are scattered, the less unique each format seems to be. So I have been posting what I posted on my blog which now that I think about it, it's not good because I'm basically repeating myself and I hate that. Do people use Instagram to promote their stuff? Because that's the only reason I'm using it. I do not see it as a place to connect with people, it's just confusing to me because everything's in the same space - comments, replies, smily faces, symbols, bold, unbold text, hashtags and others. I know I can learn to use Instagram better along the way but honestly, I don't have the patience. I'm thinking of quitting by the end of the year but it's undecided.

05/ Recently two bloggers that I've visited a lot switched from Blogger to Wordpress and that makes me sad because there is one less Blogger blogger. It's strange but the problems these people encounters while using Blogger, I have never had them which I suppose it's why I don't know understand the switch. When you think about platforms, Wordpress does sounds a bit more modern when compare to Blogger. I don't believe that to be true but I can't deny how Wordpress seems to move faster than Blogger in terms of updates and such (and also, there are two versions of Wordpress which I find confusing). I've tried Wordpress in the beginning but I didn't like the interface so I quit that. I've been a Blogger user as long as I've been blogging so I doubt I would ever switch. But it's still a bit sad when a Blogger user switch to Wordpress.

06/ Movies watched in November:
The princess and the matchmaker // The Suspect // The Pirates
The princess and the matchmaker — great movie though it has a more tv feeling as if this could have been a show instead of a movie

The Suspect  lots of action scenes that I find are just too long, not sure I like this movie but it's not terrible

The Pirates this could have been funnier but it's still enjoyable, I really like the scenes with the whale

07/ Blogging has brought me back to creating art and writing fiction so I'm always going to blog, at least, I can say that today, I don't know about tomorrow.

What's your mind today?

November 23, 2018

New Art #7 + Holiday Giveaway

~ color me coral ~
This new art is titled 'color me coral' which you can see why. I had wanted to work more more this but decided I like it this way. Also, this comes in a notebook format. I just posted the artwork so you may not see it yet. If there is an art piece that I posted here that you would like to get as a print or other formats, let me know in the comments. Check out my art shop over here. 

holiday giveaway
To thank my readers, here is a holiday giveaway: 10 (US) dollars off on anything you purchase at Society6.    
The Rules:
1 - To enter, just leave a comment. And if you like, tell me about your favorite artist or artists.
2 - One winner will be chosen at random. He/she will get a 10 (US) dollars Promo Code (by email) to use toward any purchase at Society6. The code expires on December 31, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.
3 - Last day to enter is November 30, 2018.
4 - Any questions, feel free to email me at lissawrites(at)gmail(dot)com

November 19, 2018

the tea rain girl

'the tea rain girl' - closeup
'the tea rain girl' - closeup
I have joined the land of social media namely Instagram under my pen name yk faith @ the_tea_rain_girl (the link is at the bottom of the page). I had set it up on a desktop and used and will continue to use safari's developer tool to post. I don't know if I'll ever use Instagram on a phone because I have all my artworks on my computer and I just see no reason to transfer them to my phone. Perhaps I'm old fashion but I don't like working on a small screen and typing on small buttons and viewing web pages on a small screen. I'm more used to working on a computer screen though it's only like 12" wide. Just so you know, I will probably post whatever I post on this blog so you won't miss much. Those of you who are on more than one social media platform — don't you find it exhausting having to update at so many places? I don't blog much these days so having another platform might not be a good idea. Who knows, I might just quit in a month or two. (And if you want to use Instagram on a desktop, check out this tutorial.)

November 14, 2018

The Postmistress' Mail Forest

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'the postmistress' mail forest'
This week's Scribble Picnic is Forest. I started this piece last year so you can say I took a year to finish this piece but it's only the last few weeks that I worked on this. The story is this creature (I don't have a name for her) - half human, half tree, some bits of bird - is responsible for mail delivery and this is her office. So that's the story or something like it. [ Click on the images for a larger view.]

For more Scribble Picnic, go here.

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November 13, 2018

Writing, Not Writing — NaNo 2018 Update

I would update you on my NaNo progress with a word count but I can't because I haven't been counting words at all. But I can say I did a lot writing and a lot of thinking.

I started writing digitally but then switched to writing by hand into a notebook. I found that it is easier to put down my thoughts this way and it almost keeps me from editing my writing. I would show you my notebook pages but my hand writing is terrible and there are so many crossed out words and misspelled words, that I would be embarassed if you see them so no photos.

This time around, I seem to think a lot more about the characters and what's going on than before. This of course make me keep changing everything but that's not a bad thing though I think I might be thinking way too much and not writing enough. Maybe I should join in some of the writing sessions that are going on at NaNo but I don't know. No matter where you are, when you write, or who you write with, the work is still yours alone. But it's nice to know other people are writing too and probably having the same problems.

(My user name at the NaNo site is lissa26 if you want to add me as a buddy.)

If you're participating in NaNo, how are you doing?

November 3, 2018

Books Read in October

Here are some books I read in October.

01/ The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare > link
I guessed how it would end but it didn't make it less enjoyable though this did seem like a very short read.

Favorite quote: "There is no escape if love is not there."

02/ The Keepers of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger > link
Just some thoughts:
- I hate the preface - like I need a preview of what's going to happen? No, I don't. It just makes me have high expectations and it's just so unnecessary
- What's with the licking? I can't count this as magic because it's ridiculous & kind of unsanitary
- Too much explanations from other people to Sophie, so she's new to the world but does everything have to be explained? Can't Sophie discover them?
- Nothing happens until chapter 30, well, nothing I thought worth reading - this is a fantasy book and yet all they seem to talk about is day to day school stuff
- What's with all the love thoughts? She's barely 13 and already there's a bunch of love interests?  I see future quad-angles and it's sure to make fans scream for mercy and also isn't it weird that the boys are older than her and yet, they have interest in her? I'm not saying older boys wouldn't like younger girls but this is kind of odd to me.
- I just don't like that everything revolves around Sophie, anything that have to do with anyone involves Sophie, it's all Sophie all the time. If I like her, it might not be so bad but I don't. She's too perfect, too self-involved, even her sacrifices didn't seem like sacrifices. All the conflicts she have with other people is a waste because everyone eventually likes/accepts Sophie. Sophie is accident-prone and the joke about her getting injured a lot (which she does but she recovers so it's like it never happened) is not funny at all. We are to believe her being accident-prone and failing some classes makes her imperfect but it doesn't. And how many special abilities does she need anyway?
- I often found middle grade books to be entertaining even for adults but this is a bit on the dull side, so many school-related things and the constant talk of things Sophie have yet to learn/know is annoying. Secrets are keep from her for reasons, I guess, will probably be revealed in the other books but knowing that is not any less annoying.
- This is not a bad read but it's not my cup of tea so I won't be reading the rest of the series.

03/ Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen > link
I would not normally read romance, at least, if that is the genre but I love fairytales and this is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. There are a lot of details/back stories that I could do without but overall, a very enjoyable read. But one question: why does Daniel seems a bit dumb at the end? The solution is right there and yet, he didn't believe his own feelings, for a man with so much capabilities, for someone whom have gone through so much, he sure gives up easily. Would it be a spoiler if I tell you there is a dragon in this book? Because there is and I was surprised by this but I like it.

Favorite quote: "My mother believes in soul mates. Two halves of the same whole and all that rot. I am hoping I possess my own soul in its entirety. So much simpler."

04/ Beauty & the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen > link
I only wanted to read this because the author's other book (Kiss of the Spindle – see above) had been a fun read and also because this is a Beauty & the Beast retelling. This book, however, is not a fun read. There is one thing in it that I have avoided like the plague – vampires – I do not like reading about them, they freak me out. Every time the word is used, I gloss over it. I could ignore them for the first half of the book because they aren't mentioned as much but for the second half of book, even when they don't mentioned them, I still think in my head one of the characters will suddenly be revealed as a vampire or one would show up suddenly so this sort of make reading the second half of the book a bit uneasy. The romance isn't all that great – one moment they are strangers with hardly any fun banters between them and the next, they are suddenly in love. The steps in between is not there or if there, is kind of vague. I didn't like the beast aka Blackwell or beauty aka Lucy – one is always sulking about his miserable life and doing nothing about it and the other is so stubborn, so determined that she puts herself in constant danger and the various ways she gets injured just makes me wonder why she didn't die at the end. Okay, so the romance might not be all that great but the mystery is sort of great, that is, until they start talking about vampires. I honestly thought there would be very little mention of vampires and I'm not sure why I think that.

Spoiler -->
The villain is simply someone who wants to marry her cousin because she loved him but then it became her way to survive, by marrying him, she would have the resources to continue to live as a vampire which seems like a secondary thing because she actually loved her cousin to which I say - Stop It! Stop falling in love with your cousin! But then her revenge is kind of dumb when you think how it got started. I sort of pity her just a little. And kind of wish they didn't kill her in such a gruesome way. End Spoiler.

Beauty & the Clockwork Beast could have been good but it's bogged down by too many things - vampires, shifters, ghosts, murders, steampunk, and stuck in between is the romance. If only the author have kept the story in one focus or just the romance and steampunk, it would have been better. 

Read any good book lately?

November 1, 2018

NaNo and a Book Cover

book mockup from covervault (click on the image for a larger view)
I have done NaNo a few times and succeeded but whatever history I have isn't on my NaNo page anymore which is kind of sad because I would like to see what I actually did. But I have never created a cover for any of those supposed novels so I try for one this year.

The artwork is one my older pieces but the objects here aren't really in the story but I like that they could be.  A Clockwork Journey is still a working title though it sounds right for now. Y.K. Faith is my pen name in case you're wondering who that is. Does it sound weird to you? I have been trying to come up with a good pen name for years but I've never found one that I really like. This one comes close. So I guess you're wondering why I don't use my real name. That's because I don't actually like it and also, I really love the idea of having a pen name. This is the synopsis that I came up with for A Clockwork Journey:

A young woman named Eddy tries to escape her past by moving forward only to end up somewhere unexpected.

It's vague and uninteresting so I'll rewrite this as soon as I know what exactly I'm writing. Here are some links to what I have written which prompted me to want to finish the story:
The 1st Eddy story
A Clockwork Journey - part 1
A Clockwork Journey - part 2

I'm not those people who writes outlines and know how the story goes from beginning to end. I usually just write what comes up. I write up random ideas that sometimes comes in the middle of the night which is probably not very efficient but it seems to work, most of the time. I have some vague idea of how it should end but as with most ideas, they don't always form in the way you want them to so it could all be different by the time I finish.

My user name at the NaNo site is lissa26 if you want to add me as a buddy. I would link you to my NaNo page but unless you have a NaNo account, you can't see it which makes no sense to me because not everyone's doing NaNo or have a NaNo account.

I just read this really good post and I thought I share the link: 10 Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

So are you doing NaNo and if so, do you already have a cover?

October 30, 2018

Favorite Spooky Reads

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Halloween/Creepy Freebie. I don't like to be scared so I don't read horror or anything creepy, well, occasionally I do but almost by accident (#4 is a lot creepy with talks about dead bodies) which is why I can't even come up with 10. Here are five books that may not be scary but they are spooky.

01/ Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt > link
Favorite quote: "It is life that hurts you, not death."

02/ Chime by Franny Billingsley > link
Favorite quote: "Say something, Briony; say something! The Briony mask always had something tart or amusing to say, but the underneath Briony could think of nothing. The clock tut-tutted in the silence. How slowly it spoke, so slowly that between tick and tock came the sharp silvery plink of rain on glass."

03/ Monstrous MarcyKate Connolly > link
Favorite quote: "I finally understand. The monster in the story is me. I am the abomination. I am monstrous."

04/ Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi  > link
Favorite quote: "She was a girl who rarely spoke for fear of spontaneously combusting."

05/ The graveyard book by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Dave McKean > link
Favorite quote: “People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.”

Read any spooky books lately?

October 28, 2018

Freak Out and Write on

freak out and write on

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." - Stephen King

Why do I write? I could give you a lot of answers but none of them would really explain it. Sometimes it's a compulsion. Sometimes it's a just a need to put something down. Sometimes there's no reason, I just want to write. I don't always feel like a writer even when I'm writing. More like someone who just writes then kind of forget about it until I do it all again.

You would think I have some advice on writing after all these years of writing but I don't. All the advice I can tell you is to read a lot. Here's two books that I think are inspiring but they are not guide books because I don't believe there is only one way to write and there are no right or wrong advices, it's what we choose to believe in that matters.

• On writing: A memoir of the Craft by Stephen King — a really good memoir on writing

• Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg — this could get you motivated or get interested in writing

And More Reading
Here's a few web links about writing that I thought is helpful:

• NaNoWriMo Prep: 5 Tips For Pantsers

• 10 Tips for Writing Worldbuilding

• Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now

• The Hack’s Guide to Writing an Outline

If you have any helpful links or books, please leave a note in the comments. Happy writing!


I am doing National Novel Writing Month this November in case you don't know. My user name at the NaNo site is lissa26 if you want to add me as a buddy.

October 21, 2018

To write or not to write – that shouldn't be a question should it?

I've decided to join in National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo or NaNo (NaNoWriMo is too odd for me to use) this November. NaNo is where people from all around the world write their novel or 50,000 words within a month. Supposedly by joining NaNo, I'm sort of making a commitment to write at least 50,000 or more words but not to finish a novel (it will be a long while before I get to that point).

I'll be working on A Clockwork Journey (a working title) which is basically about a young woman trying to survive whatever comes her way which means I have no plot so I'm just going to write whatever comes into my head. NaNo is really just writing and not to stop and edit or think so you just write no matter how terrible or good bad it is. I did write a few parts to A Clockwork Journey — here are the links:
The 1st Eddy story
A Clockwork Journey - part 1
A Clockwork Journey - part 2

And if I got to something that is worth posting, I'll post it here. I may regret saying this as I have a habit of changing my mind at the very last minute so I may be writing a different story than the above.

So let's meander toward some writing this year by doing NaNo together. My user name is lissa26 if you want to add me as a buddy although I must warn you, I doubt I would check the NaNo site that often.

More about NaNo over here.

October 17, 2018

The fairy's gift

'the fairy's gift' - closeup
This week's Scribble Picnic is Bottle. This is part of a larger piece but the other side isn't finished, actually even this that I'm showing here is not finished. So she (the fairy) is not really holding a bottle, it's more like a bowl and she's collecting stars. And that's all the explanation I have for this piece. For more Scribble Picnic, go here.

'the fairy's gift'

October 15, 2018

Leia in Wonderland

'leia in wonderland'
I finally completed 'Leia in Wonderland' after months of procrastination. I don't even know how that happened. One moment I was so happy working on it and the next, I stopped to do something else and I never got back to it until now.

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I'm not much of a fan of Alice in Wonderland but I am a fan of Star Wars, mostly the original movies. For those of you who are Star Wars or Alice in Wonderland fans, you might know some of these things in this piece:
- the chewbecca doll, I call it the chewy doll here
- the gray sphere on her ring is like the death star
- her hair although it is not exactly princess Leia style but it's close
- the cards
- the teapot/tea cup

(Click on the images for larger views.)

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October 14, 2018

Seven Things: cold weather, instagram, technology & other thoughts

01/ Cold weather — the temperature dropped a lot this week and I'm wearing layers which is really the only way I prepare for winter and maybe put on a scarf like the chicken above if it's really cold. The chicken came about because of Scribble Picnic otherwise, I really wouldn't have done any art at all.

02/ I'm now using YK as my signature on all my art pieces. YK is the initial to a name of a doctor character in a tv show. Why am I using this? I'm not really sure but I just like the combination. I used to have no name on my art but I did use LB/lissablue on occasions but mostly I leave out a name. Now I think having one is kind of nice even if no one knows that's me. Well, you know because you read this...

03/ I'm thinking of joining Instagram but I hate using a phone to post. I know there are desktop options but it just seems like a lot of work and I'm not even sure you're allow to post illustrations but people are posting them so I guess you can. I really don't like the square photo format - it seems a bit limited plus the way the photo pops up with the sidebar info seems so much like facebook and I hate facebook and also seeing hashtags annoys me. But then again, I should be at one social media beside my blog to promote my art but I don't know.

04/ Movies watched:

The Great Wall > link— an entertaining movie full of ugly monsters and some delightful banters. It's a shame there aren't more fun scenes because it's just so serious and kind of bland. And it's a bit predictable what they have to do to stop the monsters but only because I see enough movies that uses similar methods but it's still quite an entertaining movie.

No highway in the sky > link — good movie but it just ends too abruptly, a little more future storylines would be nice but we do get a happy ending even if it seems like someone cut the movie before it should end.

Skyscraper > link — I honestly didn't care much about the kids or the wife but it's really all about the dad played by Dwayne Johnson as Sawyer - without him, this movie would have sucked - but Sawyer is so deadly serious that it sort of make his character a bit boring but there is some minor humor which does nothing. I know it's not a comedy but some humor would have made this movie less stiff. It's too bad the villain is so bland and his minions are just like him so you can't even enjoy watching them either. If only they make the villain take revenge on Sawyer for the event that happened 10 years ago or even that female cop that doesn't trust Sawyer's wife, she could have been the villain behind all of this but nope, she's just another cop. And the event that happened 10 years ago really didn't have much impact on the current story - sure it brought Sawyer where he is today but it didn't mean much since the present situation have nothing to do with it. If you're a fan of Dwayne Johnson, you might like it otherwise, it's just an okay movie.

05/ Technology = Removing/hiding all the useful features — that is what I think whenever I update my Mac OS. Since updating (or upgrading - not quite sure the difference) to the new OS namely, Sierra (not High Sierra and yeah, it took me a couple of years to update because I didn't feel the need to update at all). My computer doesn't work as well as before because I am constantly searching for answers to all the errors and missing features instead of actually using the system. The most annoying is the permission errors - when you don't have permission to save a file or open a file in certain apps because apparently, if the app is not made by apple, there is some restriction from using the app and opening files from that app which can be fixed but somehow no matter how many times I fixed it, the error returns. Now I can't go back because the old systems aren't even available for purchase (Why isn't it available in the U.S.? annoying but there's no answer) and even if they are, my computer isn't made for older systems. There is ways to revert back but it takes a lot of work and time and it's not even worth it because eventually you have to upgrade even if you don't want to and that's why upgraded my computer. I'll probably upgrade/update my computer in ten years which I think that's how long it will take me to get used to the new OS.

06/ Challenges/Memes I participate in now and then:

Top Ten Tuesday — hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl — all about books > link
Top Ten Thursday — hosted at Part-Time Working Hockey Mom — various subjects > link
Scribble Picnic — hosted at Michael MacVean Illustration — illustrations of all types > link
Words for Wednesday — hosted at various blogs most recently at Elephant's Child — writings of all types > link

07/ Anyone doing NaNoWriMo in November? For those who doesn't know, NaNoWriMo is where you write 50,000 words (not necessary a whole novel) in one month along with just about a million other people around the world. I'm still thinking about it but I probably won't do it. Check it out here.

What's on your mind today?