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May. 6th, 2009



Awesome Card-ness!

So, some of you all realize that I LOVE making cards. Yes. Card. As in greeting cards. But none of that pansy Hallmark stuff. I'm talking hardcore cutting-tiny-little-shapes out by hand and watercolor paper and sewing in other papers to the inside and hand inking thing and overly fancy writing.

I've made various cards and and it's a wonder they haven't killed me yet. Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger, 'eh? :P

The card itself is for my Fiance, Matthew. His birthday was a month ago, and I was waiting ot make his card until his gift got to me via mail. Since it didn't get here until last week, and he's getting here tomorrow ( :D :D :D :D :D :D ) I just got around to making it. ... yesterday. BUT IT IS MADE OF AWESOME

I'm going to go through and show you guys the progress...ish.


...soooo....anyone want some random watercolor paper and vellum letters and bits of words? :P
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May. 4th, 2009



Suggestions Needed!

Hey kids! I need some help. I'm going to be buying up some web hosting, and along with this web hosting I'm buying up a domain name. But I have no idea what this domain name should be!

I don't want to use my full name, since it'll be changing in a year anyway, and I don't want to use my maiden name professionally because it will only be professional for two months before I change names anyway, so I'm looking for something different.

I don't want it to be only about design, because that's not what I want to do for the rest of my life as I'm much more illustration focused. I also want this to be professional. So I'm a bit at a loss, since I don't feel like using just my first name wouldn't be professional.

Here are the suggestions I've already gotten:


MerelyIllustrated OR MerelyIllustrating


MereStudio OR StudioMere

MereDrawing OR MerelyDrawing

(In case you're wondering or don't get it, the "Mere" is a reference and play on my nickname: Myre. It's also clever. Because I said so.)

So far I'm leaning towards MereDrawing or MerelyDrawing

SO! What I need from y'all are either more suggestions or tell me what you like best! I'll edit/comment as you people talk at me.
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May. 1st, 2009

Belle book nerd


I've got a little list, I've got a little list

And I've been enjoying reading everyone else's, too! Such scholarly, writerly, varied interests you have!

Here are some of mine, which probably overlap with some of yours!
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Apr. 30th, 2009




My list of things that fascinate me! It's rather unorganized as I listed things as they came to mind, and it'll likely be changing as I come up with things. But this is as it is now!
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More to come



I lied. I want a post all my own!

ETA: Now with organization!

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Prompt: List

A challenge to all community members, with the hope that it will help us all produce more work over the next year.

Sit down and make a list. List things that fascinate you, the small private absorptions or passions that you don't expect others to notice --or the bigger ones you do. List list list.

Then post. We can use these lists for grist for development later in the year.

I'll post mine in comments.

Apr. 24th, 2009

doesn't mean what you think


Market links

Duotrope's Digest and Ralan both are very good links for a compendium of markets to send short stories to, novels etc.  Will be very useful one day maybe!

Apr. 23rd, 2009



Halp, or "Those D#$% Middle Passages"

I know we're all at very different places with our writing and art right now, but I wanted to present a problem to the community, and see what larger conclusions we could draw so I can crib from them shamelessly.

What do you do about middles?

This can be middle-of-the-process; it can be middle-of-the-story/work. It can be the middle character --the one who doesn't fall at either end of the spectra you've been using. How do you keep the tension (and your energy!) high? How do you make a character that falls into the grey spaces between still pop?

Corollary: The rising-action-climax-denouement model of a plot is useful in its way. But what do you do when you have a big hard tympani drum-roll of a plot point? How do you follow that up?

I have a pair of serious, life-changing plot points; neither of these are the climax. Where do you go from a sudden hammer-blow of tension? How do you channel the effect productively?

Right now my inclination is to let the blow fall and then reinterpret it in the following scenes --fill in the structures around it so that the reader comes to understand it as a more complex event than the initial appearance.

Thoughts? Comments?

Prompts will resume as soon as I finish my ISP. I'm sorry to have been such a lame maintainer this year, gang.

Apr. 18th, 2009

doesn't mean what you think


Hey guys. WAKE UP.


Is it just me or are we being UNPRODUCTIVE BECAUSE OF SCHOOL?

When I get officially rejected, I'll post my query, synopsis, and rejection letter from Neil Gaiman's agent for THE WITCH'S TOWER here. I've decided. 

Mar. 27th, 2009

doesn't mean what you think


Recorded Lectures, Panels, &c.

Hey guys, long time no see!  Currently procrastinating at work, but I'm finally feeling better(ish) from a 2 week illness and the sun is shining, so--

Anyway, I thought I would drop a mention here that I've recorded several lectures from Brandon Sanderson's Writing SF&F class. The ones that are small enough in size have made it to a box.  I have several others that are longer but still don't take long to transfer, so if you'd like them, either drop a comment, e-mail me, or find me on gtalk and I'll send 'em your way.

Joe, a friend of mine has also recorded a whole absolute ton of sessions at Life, The Universe, and Everything which is a local, but still highly respected SF&F Writing Conference that happens at my university every year.

I realize most of you don't get to listen to mp3s while at work, but if you're interested in them at all, there they are for you.

Also, Writing Excuses is still the best writing podcast I've heard so far. Granted, I've only listened to 4-5 other podcasts out there so there may yet be something better, but! *amused*

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