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February 25, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Goodbye Maya

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.


    Last night I found out about the death of Maya Young.  It never stops being painful and depressing to see that another transwoman has been murdered.  I pray that we can find a way to stop these atrocities.  I hope that we can bring an end to all the hate and aggression and even the micro aggression flung at trans-people.   Rest in peace Maya Young.  I hope your family and friends have all the support they need during this difficult time.

February 22, 2016

Writing Update February 22, 2016

Top down view of the top of a decorative circular table topped with a purple legal pad, a red pen, a bottle of black india ink, highlighters, a dip pen, and a square of white card stock with editing writen on it.  Ink splatters across the card stock and there are grammatical correction symbols in red ink.

    I've come to a point in writing my current project where I feel it is time to start editing. I came to this decision in the last week and now I'm gathering together all the different drafts sections and saved files.

    I am also looking for all of my notes and research. Lucky for me I'm pretty sure they're all in the same account.

    Not only will I be rereading scenes and deciding what parts to keep and in some cases how to blend them together best. I will also be filling out the outline and putting in foreshadowing.

    I expect this to be rather stressful and time consuming. But I also expect it will be fun. And, for me, that's one of the great things about art and writing and creation.

 Tata, 
 Lilian 

February 18, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: I Am Grateful For Music

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    This week.  Hm.  This week indeed.  If you read my post this past weekend you know that I came off of my antidepressants.  So this week has been rough.  Mostly just emotionally.  But things have gotten better.  and that is good and I am very happy for that.  I had a few days that I couldn't do anything.  But I am productive now and I can feel happy.  Music has been a big help.  As I am writing this I am listening to music in fact.  Music is a wondrous thing.

February 17, 2016

Is Art Hard?

Vintage black and white photograph of a little girl sitting at a typewriter with a cat plushie.  The girl has the cat positioned so it looks as though the cat is the one typing.
Image from Graphics Fairy

    “Stop pretending art is hard.”

    This is an idea I have a lot of feelings and often confusion around.  The two places I am used to hearing this from are GISHWHES and Amanda Palmer’s Ukulele Anthem.  At first when I heard the statement I didn’t totally understand what it was saying or talking about.  Maybe it was the idea that some people think art is some elusive thing that they can’t do.  Maybe it is the idea of some people thinking themselves better than others because they can do art.  I am not sure.  I know that I have had some trouble with some of the ideas that are related to this.

February 14, 2016

Depression: 8 Things To Do On A Low Day

Image is made to look like an old Polaroid of a cat sitting on a bookcase with hearts drrawn to the side of the cat on the Polaroid and "Meow! Meow!" written on the bottom white space.

    I took my last dose of my antidepressant Friday.  I knew that I would have issues for a while after I stopped and today I am feeling pretty shitty.  So I am making a list of things that can be done to try to feel better when you are having a low day.

  1. Paint your nails
  2. Take pictures of the cat or what ever furry, scaly, or feathered friend you happen to live with.  
  3. Drink a glass of water.
  4. Go for a long walk. 
  5. Listen to a podcast you love.  
  6. Listen to music.  
  7. Actively avoid things you know will trigger you.  
  8. Play a silly game
    That is all I can think of for now and I have done all of these things today.  I feel better than I did at some moments today.  Here's hoping tomorrow is a better day.  

 Tata,
 Lilian 

February 11, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Fallen London

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    Chatting with my roommate the other day about games and free to play games she told me about this lovely game called Fallen London.  She showed me a video from Extra credits about it too.


February 4, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Feelin' Good

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    With canges to my medication I have had some mood and motivation issues this week.  But for now.  Right now, I am feelin' good.  I made some good sales this past weekend, which were really encouraging and I picked up a fairly inexpensive clay extruder.  I am looking forward to trying it out.  In the past few weeks I have been coming to realize that I love collage as an art form.  I enjoy setting things up and getting pictures of it and then altering those pictures.  I need to get down to learning to use Gimp.  It should give me more options than the program I am currently using.  Though I do love the ease of using Pixlr Express.

February 1, 2016

February Try-Its

Roses in circle, stems facing faded out center.  Hearts in bottom corners.  All on red gingram fabric with cras stich design.  Image faded with yellow tone to look old.  Words read: February Try-Its


    Well February is here!!!! Whoot!!! I survived January!!! LOL I did some good work in January, but I didn't get to work on everything I wanted to.  We often don't get to.  But we can keep trying.  Here is some of what I will work on in February.

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