February 27, 2014

Things I Love Thursday: Internet Window Shopping

Pusheen Balloons T-shirt from Hey Chickadee

    Life has felt busy this past week.  Here are some of the things I loved and some of the things I have love finding.

  • Receiving letters in the mail
  • New shops to check out:  (disclaimer: I have not bought from any of these shops yet, so I can not personally vouch for them)
    • MissVioletLace Wigs and crystal charms along with other pretty things.  I need to take some time to go through this etsy shop that Lacy talked about in one of her recent post.  
    • Here is another shop lacy talked about.  Hey Chickadee.  They have some really cute accessories, but I especially like the Pusheen and cat shirts.  
    • Found Spree Picky through another lolita in my community.  They have wigs and dresses and even a white purse that is perfect for me.  
    • Another shop I learned about recently is Fairy Angel
    • For some geeky skirts and scarves check out Rooby Lane
  • This weeks 8tracks: 
  • Catching up on some of my anime
  • This gorgeous house. Though not all the images are from the same house together they would be so wonderful in a Gothic lolita / Addams family kind of way.  
  • This post written by Matt ''Starman'' Morrison on Superheroesque called Being a Hero
  • The newest Gothic & Lolita Bible is out. 
  • Hanging out with a friend.  

    So what did you love this week?  Did life keep you busy?  

February 26, 2014

Minecraft FTB Survival Island

   I had taken a little break from playing Minecraft.  More specifically Minecraft Feed The Beast Ultimate Mod Pack.  I had loved Minecraft and moved with my gaming group up to Technic and Tekkit.  I seemed to have enjoyed the single player Technic more than some of the other people in that group.  For me it was all about the challenge level.  It was more difficult than vanilla Minecraft.  The fact that I was AFRAID to take my toon outside after dark in that game made it enthralling.  I also loved the Mo’ Creatures mod.  Stuck in a desert and need food?  Kill a snake and cook the egg it drops.  Horses, foxes, and bunnies added charm and fun.  Some of the monsters like skeletal horses and ogres were downright frightening.  I actually turned ogres off as they showed up on my second night in the game and decimated a significant area of the village I was staying in.  There was so much content to explore.  Volcanoes, wind power, traveling to other worlds (I got myself into trouble with that one).  But before I had finished exploring everything my group moved to Feed The Beast.  

   I have been gaming on my own lately and Feed The Beast is overwhelming in the possibilities.  I really had no idea where to start in the different mods and there were so many of them to choose from.  I would also find items and materials only to look them up and find out I was way too close to the beginning of the game to actually make use of them.  Having no idea where to start and not currently having a server to play on I would lose interest.  One of the things I love to do in any form of Minecraft is build.  I would build little temples, shrines, houses and other buildings.  One of the guys I used to play on a server with built a castle.  It was immense and on the edge of a snowy forest biome and a desert.  Another person built a highway and hidey holes along it.  It was always fun to travel across the world to see what everyone was building.  On one server I built a farm.  The farm took up several chunks and was complete with a large fenced in area for the animals, a mushroom cave, wheat field & other plants, and a farm house.  The farmhouse was so much fun to build.   It had two main stories and a loft with a bed so anyone could stay.  It also had a basement where I kept storage and a bathroom.  Yes I build a bathroom.  This was one of my favorite builds.  I am a bit sad that I did not take any screenshots.  While I can still do this on a single player game, there is no one to show my work to and share it with.  And there is no one else building to go see their work.  So I lost interest for a bit.  

Minecraft FTB Island With One Tree
At Spawn

   After several weeks of not playing, but gushing with a friend about how fun it is and what mods she liked, I started a new game.  I just deleted the other saves and decided I would start from the beginning and build up supplies.  I entered a seed.  I selected to have the nice little bonus chest at the start.  I spawned on an island with a single tree.  First of all, thank goodness for the bonus chest.  Second of all, this is great!  This is the perfect challenge to keep me busy.  And it did.  I have since created a small forest atop my island home, mined my way to the bedrock, and created a farm of plants to both sustain my toon’s hunger needs and make up for the fact that there are no sheep.  It takes 48 Henequen Leaves to make one bed.  And that is right, there are no sheep.  No animals at all.  Save the spiders that spawn at night.  I started to toy with Thaumcraft.  But I need feathers and I will be needing leather.  So I have been building up my supplies so I can go on an expedition for the mainland or at least a better stocked island.  This to has kept me very interested and invested in the game.  It also helps that I am looking at one mod to focus on in the moment and not hopelessly looking at the whole of possibilities.  I have already built a little room with an arcane worktable and a desk that shall later be used for research.  I am not sure what direction I shall set out in once I go on my expedition, but I am anticipating many more hours of fun, exploration, adventure, and building.  

Minecraft FTB Island With Planted Forest
Current Island

   Anyone else play Minecraft or one of the mod packs?  What are your favorite activities in the game?  What mods do you love?  Any suggestions for my expedition?  Or what game are you really into at the moment?  

February 20, 2014

Things I Love Thursday: Friends and Music

Bouquet and end table
A peak at the sitting room and the lovely bouquet.  

    This had been a fabulous week.  I had an after Valentine's bash with friends to celebrate all forms of love, including self love.  I hung out at a friends and tried new things.  I got some tables that make my sitting room look more complete.  Maybe I'll do some photos later on.  I really enjoyed myself overall.  Here is my list:

    How did you fare this week?  What things made you laugh, smile, or bubble over with joy?  Tell me about it.  

February 13, 2014

Spotlight: Superheroesque

    Today marks the launch of a wonderful project from two amazing geeks called Superheroesque.

Superheroesque Icon
Image from Superheroesque

Who are these geeks?

    They are:  Mia Moore who blogs over at xo Mia about style, cosplay, and as she words it "Living the Geek Life."  If you are interested in trying out cosplay she has a great Cosplay 101 feature.   Liz Locksley is a "geek self-love blogger" who has fun blogging at Fluffy Bones.   She is a body positive advocate and cosplayer.  To learn more about Liz and Mia check out their individual blogs or check them out at Superheroesque.

What are they doing?

    They are combining geekiness and self-love.  They are creating a community where it is not only safe to be your geeky or nerdy self, but it is encouraged.  Their mission statement is "to encourage every geek to become their own superhero through a happy community of self-love and pop culture."  What is not to like about that idea.  Do you want to be your own superhero?  I do!

Where can you find this nerd friendly community?

    Pop on over to their awesome site, Superheroesque, and see what they have in store for you.  Click onto their About Page to find out more about them and their goals for Superheroesque.  From the About Page you can also catch a link to them on one of your favorite social media.  They already have some great stuff up on some of their social media outlets.

Things I Love Thursday: Self-Love

Mockingbird nest?
I bet it's a mocking bird nest.  

    It has been an interesting week.  And I have something fun to announce to you all if you haven't already heard.  A new project is launching today that I am seriously going to be checking out and following.  Superheroesque!!!  Definitely check them out.  It is about self-love and being your geeky/nerdy self.  And those are two things I can get behind.  Here is my list of things I loved this week.

Texas Mountain Laurel
The Texas Mountain Laurel is starting to bloom.

  • Finding a nest in the Texas Mountain Laurel.  I think it may be a Mocking bird as I have seen those nesting in that same tree.  
  • The few hours of Texas weather we had this week.  Nice and warm.  
  • Having breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast spots.  
Tea and a nopales plate at one of  my favorite spots.

  • Nopales!! So delicious.  
  • Seeing some beautiful dresses coming out from my favorite lolita brand.  
    That is my list for this week.  What were the things that made you happy or smile?  Also go check out Superheroesque.  

February 10, 2014

A Different Take on Valentine's Day

Heart shaped rose wreath and lily of the valley
Image from The Graphics Fairy

As an asexual aromantic I find Valentine's Day and some of the notions that go along with it a bit . . . interesting.  The commercial laden, lovey dovey holiday can be a bit odd or even offensive to aromantics, people who are single, asexuals, and people who get tired of being bombarded by commercial holidays.  (And there are others I assure you)  Over the years I have formulated some of my own ideas about this holiday.  I am aware of people who vehemently view this day as Singles Awareness Day and others who will date someone just so they are not single on the day.  Over the years I have decided more and more that I feel it should be a day to express all love, not just romantic love.  As an aromantic I CAN love.  I love lots of people and things and ideas.  (Aromantics simply do not experience romantic attraction)  So one Valentine's Day I figure I can show my platonic love to my friends and family.  Think back on those early school days when you would bring small cards and candy or other sweets for everyone in your class.  At what age did we stop doing that?  And why?  Is there a notion in society that this holiday is reserved for lovers unless you are nine?  Or maybe I just don't see many people who continue the school day traditions of Valentine's Day.  

Vintage valentine baking
Image from The Graphics Fairy

    Then there is self love.  I follow Gala Darling and back in 2010 she declared February the month of Radical Self Love.  Self love is important no matter what anyone says and why not spend the lovey dovey holiday dotting on your number one.  You.  Not just buying yourself flowers and chocolates and wine.  But really caring and tending to yourself.  Eat well.  Fill the tub with your favorite bubble bath and bathe until tranquil.  There are lots of things that you can do to love yourself.  Take some time out of the holiday to be sure that you are happy.  

A while back I saw a wonderful picture on pinterest about Valentine's Day.  "Aromantic asexual in ur shops, eatin ur discount chocolate on Feb 15th." (See the pin here)  This gave me a wonderful idea.  Throw a party!  After Valentine's Day, so as to take advantage of the discount chocolate.  Not an anti-Valentine's Day .  Merely a fun, loving gathering.  Maybe even take some of the Valentine themes and use them in a new way.  Celebrate love.  All love.  Romantic love.  Platonic love.  Friend love.  Pet love.  Self love.  Fandom love.  Family love.  All love.  Just celebrate love!

Vintage friendship valentine
Image from The Graphics Fairy

I found a great post on Aromantic Aardvark while I was writing this post.   Valentine’s Day, Single’s Awareness Day, and What They Mean for Aromantics  In this post they talk about how romantic love is often held as the highest kind of love and how being single is sometime viewed as sad or a failure.  Check out the post for more on the subject.  They also mention Friendship Day.  I am not even sure if I have heard of this day before.  It sounds like a wonderful holiday to celebrate.  It is on the first Sunday of August.  That would be August the 3rd this year. I wonder if there are many people whom play up this holiday. It certainly does not get the commercial attention that Valentine's Day gets. Which is likely for the best. Here is Holiday Insights' page on Friendship Day. Maybe we can all make the first Sunday of August an awesome celebration of friendship.

However for now, perhaps we can change the tune of Valentine's Day. Make it less about who you are with and what they get you. Make it more about how much you love and how much you are loved. This includes how much you are loved by yourself. I am sure we could all love ourselves more. For more about self love and changing the tune of the approaching holiday check out these other bloggers. Mia Moore, from xo Mia, talked about starting a self-love tradition in her recent post, February Activities. Also check out the livestream Gala Darling did Saturday. It is filled with her great advice for surviving Valentine's Day.

What are your plans for the coming holiday? Are you going to do something different? Let me know?

A Little Slice of Life and Putting the Words Down

Distracted kitty lost in thought
It is hard to show your work when it is all in your head.  

    I have done a great deal of brainstorming for my current project.  It has been rather productive.  I have finally gotten a hang of some of the characters that took me so long to understand.  The plot is finally starting to become more coherent and logical.  The problem is I have very little to show for it.  I have not committed all these thoughts and ideas and changes to paper.  One problem with that is that the new information may very well slip my mind and disappear into the abyss.  What a frightening perspective.  I have felt so busy and distracted lately.  It would seem it is time for me to put my head phones on, ignore the world, and write until I am spent.  Do you have work you have been idly or actively putting off?

Writing Exercise: Buckle Down and Write

    This week think about some writing work you have been putting off.  Set aside at least 30 minutes.  More if you can, but at least 30 minutes.  Get yourself all set up, what ever your normal routine is.  (If you have one yet.)  Set a timer for your chosen minimum time.  Now ignore everything else and work on your writing until the timer goes off.  How much will you finish?  And once you are at it will you want to stop?

February 6, 2014

Things I Love Thursday: A Good, Yet Busy Week

Ace pride bookmark.
Ace pride bookmark.  

    It has been a rather busy week for me.  I really got tucked out.  This week reminded me how important sleep is.  I ended up sleeping at odd hours (for me) and sleeping through alarms too.  Have you been getting enough sleep?

    On to the list of joy!
  • It is absolutely great to hear about rulings like this that advance the rights of transgender people.  Why This Transgender Teen's Big Victory Matters 
  • Reading my friend Lacy's post Five Senses – Winter Edition got me in a music mood.  Check out her post to see her favorite winter things related to the five senses.  Here are some of the songs I love.  
    •  Everclear - Wonderful
    • Soggy Bottom Boys - I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) 
    • Butthole Surfers - Pepper
    • Both Johnny Cash and Unwoman's covers of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" 
    • Also from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the sirens' song, "Go to Sleep Little Baby!"  
    • Cake - The Distance
    • The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony 
    • The Cranberries - Zombie.  Oh my gods yes!
    • Goodness it has been a while since I heard this one.  Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
    • I always liked the sound of their songs.  Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
  • Taking time to piddle around on the internet and look at beautiful lolita dresses.  
  • Dancing in public.  Because I don't care what they think.  I'm having fun.
  • Robot Hug's Depression The Comic
  • This week I have a single 8track to share:  Mazurka by expfunc If you like classical, like I do, you surely will enjoy this.  
  • A little help from my friends.  Don't we all love it when we don't have to go it alone? 
  • Second hand treasures.  Be they thrifted, gifted, or found.   
  • Pinning.
  • Having tea with a friend.  
  • Random crafting.  

    Also this week I learned that it is more difficult to play the violin while wearing a tie.  What did you learn this week?  What did you love this week?

February 3, 2014

Writing Locales

     Do you have a dedicated space to write?  I have a desk with my computer.  I can listen to music and even open the shades a bit so I get some nice rays of sun while I work.  But I don't always work from my desk.  I like to do my brainstorming, outlining, and planing away from the distractions offered by my computer.  There are plenty of other places to do writing work or even actual writing.  The thing to think of is "What works for you?"  Or rather, "Where works for you?"  If you like to get plenty of sun and enjoy the myriad of outdoor sounds, you could try parks and gardens.  Even your own patio or backyard can serve as enough of a scene change to get your creativity in gear or sharpen your focus.  I often like to go to the coffee shop to do some out lining and brainstorming.  Especially when I am working on blog posts.  Part of it is the myriad of sounds.  My friend, Lacy, turned me on to Coffitivity.  It is a great site that gives you the sounds of being in a coffee shop.  Which can be great to work to if silence is not your thing.

    There are lots of different places to work.  There are libraries and book stores, if the tempting books won't lure you away from your work.  I have even gone to restaurants or buffets by myself and worked there over lunch.  Howard Tayler, creator of Schlock Mercenary, does a part of his work process at a gaming store.  There are plenty of options out there.  You just have to open your mind to the possibilities and be aware of the pros and cons.

    So tell me, where have you tried or succeeded in writing?  

Writing Exercise:  A New Locale

    Pick a location you have been in the last 48 hours.  Pick five words that describe the location in some fashion.  Now write a short piece or poem about a fictional location that uses those five words.  The fictional location does not have to be the same kind of place as the real one.  You only need to use the five words.

February 1, 2014

February Try-Its

Violets in a fancy box
Image from The Graphics Fairy

    Well February is here.  Time to make a new list of things I am going to try.  However, let me first take a look at how I did last month.  I did eat at the table more often.  It was nice to be more aware of my food and to look out the window and enjoy the view.  I did not make time for crafting.  I did spend a good bit of time being creative, both on The Sims 3 and with my writing.  I also got a hold of some supplies I needed for a craft project.  So hopefully I will get to that soon.  I didn't write and study every day, but I did most days.  You probably know from an earlier post that I decorated my sitting room.  I'd like to do some more decorating.  I think I will move to the office or the bedroom next.

    As for this month, I'd like to continue with my efforts to write and study everyday.  I'd also like to take another crack at learning to use GIMP.  November was simply to busy to really give the effort to learning a new program.  I'd like too be more creative this month too.  Do some crafts and maybe try some new things in the kitchen.  I am also going to give my best efforts to The Month of Letters Challenge.  I am looking forward to a fun February.

  1. The Month of Letters Challenge
  2. Learn to use GIMP 
  3. Try some winter themed recipes 
  4. Do at least 2 crafts
  5. Write and study daily

    Well that is my list for February.  Do you have any goals this month?  


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