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June 9, 2019

Seven Things: Just some thoughts on summer & writing

'bonny and kat'
01/ I love revisiting my art and see them almost as if I made them yesterday. The above piece was done two years ago and yet, I still think it's one of my better pieces. I have titled it 'bonny and kat' but it really is a sort of representation of me as an artist if I have an octopus as a muse and friend. But the things here are some of my favorites like the onion rings and french fries, the shelves and piles of books, candies, chocolate, unworn shoes, plant-like trees, box of stars and the colors of mostly blue, green and mint are what I am drawn to.

02/ I'm thinking of changing my name to my pen name (yk faith) which I have been using on all my artworks (it's the yk markings usually at the right of the artwork but sometimes stowed in various places). It may seem like a bad idea since everyone knows me as lissa on the web but I think maybe it's time. I do want to at some point use a name for my books (that is, if I ever get around to finishing them). You might ask why I don't use my real name. Well, I kind of like the idea of pen names. That way, people can judge my work by my work and not by my name. I see a lot of people with blogs or websites with their name on them and this seems to be the norm. This might be me too except I really don't like to have my name as the title. I rather prefer phrases. So I won't be setting up a blog or website with my name any time soon.

03/ I don't think I'll participate in the WEP/IWSG Challenge again since participating writers are the ones to vote for the best piece and that means reading every entries in order to make a fair vote. But now I see that I can't do this because there are genres/stories which I simply do not want to read and it's not fair to other people if I vote when I won't read all the entries. Then again, this kind of challenge is good for me and yet, I just don't know.

04/ Sometimes I think I spent way too much perfecting things instead of finishing them and it's why everything takes me so long to finish anything. Is it good to want to perfect something or bad that you want to perfect something to the point of not finishing it?

05/ If you have been reading my blog, you know I've been posting this long fiction titled, 'April Gale.' I love writing it and yet, I know I need more editing on them but I decided to just put them out there anyway. I don't think I'll ever put out a series like this, at least, not in any other form like a book or an ebook. I tend to either forget about it or I just became hopelessly lazy and not work on them. But somehow putting it up on a blog actually makes me want to finish it. After all, I have spent months writing it and I hate abandoning it while it's incomplete. I have thought of quitting it a few times but then ideas came to me and I thought I might as well continue it. If not for the three readers, then for myself because I have too many incomplete projects already.

05/ I don't hate summer. Well, I do hate summer but only because of the hot weather. There's just something about hot weather that makes me lazy and unable to think too clearly. I have to endure two to three months each year of this hot weather and yet, I have not adjusted after so many years. I mean, it's not like I don't know it's coming. It's not like I couldn't escape now and then, it's just there's simply no way to avoid the weather unless I move away which I won't do any time soon. Also, it's hard to decide what to wear during the summer. Some places have air conditioners on that feels like you're inside a freezer and then when you go out again, it feels like a sauna and sometimes the weather just changes without warning. But it's not bad because it doesn't last all year.

07/ I just re-read the The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling. I remember loving the series but with this re-read, it's not as great as I remember it. I mean, the first three books are as great as I remember it but the last four was not as great. I think the movie versions are better but I'm probably spoiled by them and I suppose it doesn't help that I actually saw the movies before reading the series. But the visual always gets remember way better than words because as I was reading, I keep picturing the actors' faces.

What are you thinking about these days?

15 comments:

  1. I would be sorry if you didn't take part in WEP again. I have found it to be an encouraging and supportive group. The voting for the favourite piece is new, and I don't much like it. With luck it won't stick.
    Love your art work.
    I am NOT a fan of summer. Multiple Sclerosis loves it, and thrives.
    I have never seen the Harry Potter movies, but would agree the first three books are my favourites.

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    1. it's too bad that I didn't join in the WEP challenge in when that rule wasn't there. I just didn't want to read all the entries, though I will for this month's challenge. anyway, no matter who does the voting, it's still like a popularity contest in a way because we can't stop ourselves from being bias.

      hot weather for some people can be very bad, I hope it's not too bad for you.

      you really haven't seen the potter movies? it's almost exactly like the books but there were slight differences like the characters do not wear colorful robes which is something I didn't remember from the books at all. I hope you get a chance to watch the movies- there are eight them as the last book is split into two parts.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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    2. Reading all the entries has been strongly encouraged from the start. They are short pieces, so even genres I don't like doesn't take up too much time. I
      I rarely watch movies, and particularly not movies of books I have read. They never match the pictures in my head.

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    3. I do plan on reading all the entries because I want to support the writers though I have already read two pieces that perhaps it would have been better if I haven't read them.

      it's true, movies don't always match the books they are based on but the harry potters movies comes very close.

      if I haven't been watching movies all my life, I probably would be like you. I guess I'm spoil by them but sometimes the movies (and tv shows), gets me to read books I would otherwise never read.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  2. I am enjoying the weather we have had a good couple of days.

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    1. it's good you're enjoying the weather.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. I'd like to eat octopus rings, but I would not like an onion muse - as my muse is an owl ;) I like your decision to continue April Gale. When you finish it, you can always ask all of us to proofread it, I dare bet we're all nerds enough to actually do it. And the dragon Tim, why don't you draw him? If I had your talent I would. Well I will anyway, but as my drawing is not for the net, you'll never get to see him. I lovve Summer!!! Have a nice day.

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    1. um, not octopus rings, you mean onion rings? onion for a muse is not too terrible. actually, this art is brought out by a prompt which is octopus so that is why he (and I consider this creature a he), though only one person questioned how an octopus can stay on land and not die, well, this is a fictional creation.

      I wouldn't might having someone proofread april gale when it's finished though it will be a long while until that happens.

      I don't think I have the talent to draw Tim, I base my descriptions on what I have read from books but maybe some day, I'll try to draw him.

      I don't mind summer, it's the hot weather that makes me dislike it.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  4. Being retired one season is pretty much the same as the next aside from the weather, and living in Los Angeles the weather doesn't impact me that much either. But I hear you about the heat of summer.

    Your artwork is wonderful!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I hope to retire someday to a place where I don't have to worry about the weather.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  5. Hello again Lissa! Long time no visit.😊 We've been busy with a big move so unpacking is on my mind these days. It feels SO good to downsize!! Wishing you a wonderful summer. I hope it isn't toooo hot in NY.👒

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    1. It has been a long time hasn't it? I'm happy to hear from you. Right now is not so hot but it is warm here.

      Thanks for dropping by & have a lovely day.

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  6. Another whimsical, dreamy piece. I love how the octopus' tentacles mirror your strange trees/plants' branch, only upside down.

    I don't function well in the heat either. It's not a brain thing though - it's physically taxing for me. But in my little corner of the world the worst heat doesn't last long (though it's far much hotter than it used to be when I was younger).

    I plan on reading the whole April Gale story, but right now I'm a bit overburdened. Later though, definitely!

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    1. I have not thought about the octopus tentacles at all. I just like trees and plants shaped like them.

      It is a good thing that seasons don't last long especially summer.

      Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  7. This is certainly one of your most memorable pieces and it's def fun to see it again here. But then again, so many of your pieces are incredible. So many come to mind that it would be super hard determining a top 5 even for me. :)

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