It’s the 21st, which means we are in the last stretch of NaNoWriMo (also, Thanksgiving is this week. Eep!). Some of you are already winners. *throws confetti* For the rest of us struggling to get our word counts up (and for the winners too), here is some inspiration in the form of pictures.
All pictures are taken from Deviantart, with links to the respective owners pages.
According to the Magical Random Gods, Claudie is the winner!
Claudie, if you want to e-mail me at cnicoll85 [at] hotmail [dot] com with your sketch choices and your character descriptions, I will get started on them.* Also, be as specific as possible.
Also, I promised bookmarks to two people, and those winners are:
Tricia and Margo!
Send me your addresses and I’ll send those out right away.
That is all. Now back to my Japanese dramas.
*This will not get in the way of me catching up to you. Or you, Tricia. You either Sierra.
It’s the 1st of November, which means NaNo! Also my birthday (not today, but soon). I’m in a pretty festive and giving mood, so to remedy that, I’m doing another give-away. Since the last one was so popular, I’m going to do not 2, but 3 character sketches to the lucky winner!
Like before, it will be 3 sketches of your characters in any style you choose (head shot (like picture left), full body, color, black and white, etc.).
But wait! 2 runner’s up will get bookmarks of my new collections, Terrifying Beauty and Steampunk Fairytales! Once I decide which pieces will be turned into bookmarks, I will post them.
The contest ends November 9th at 11:59 PM. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite thing about NaNo. The winners will be randomly chosen.
EDIT: You do not have to be participating in NaNoWriMo to enver the contest.
Ok, now back to writing.
Does anyone else obsessively update their word count?
So, I kinda dropped the ball on posting for the last two weeks. I had all these posts planned having to do with witches and ghosts, but my creativity kinda got in the way. Besides furiously trying to finish this re-write before NaNo, I’ve been staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to work on two new art collections (and an all nighter reading Lola and the Boy Next Door, which was fabulous, btw). The first collection is titled Terrifying Beauty, which will be a conglomeration of the light and dark sides of mythology. For instance, the darker side would be drawings of The Dullahan, the Banshee, and that creepy Indian vampire child.
The second collection I’m really excited about (hence the late nights). It’s called Steampunk Fairytales. The name kinda says it all. I’m working on a Snow White drawing, and let me just say that I thought hands were the bane of my existence. But no, it’s gears. Gears suck. Once I’m finished with this one (which feels like never away) I’m going to start on an Alice in Wonderland (or two!) drawing. I have vague ideas for Beauty and the Best and Cinderella drawings, and maybe a Little Red Riding Hood one. We’ll see.
What fairytale do think would be awesome steampunked?
Also, I have a give-away coming up next week, which I’m super excited about. I’ve got some wicked cool goodies to give away!
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Is anyone dressing up this year? What are you going to be? I’m going as Amelia Pond. Easy enough costume for a last minute choice.
With all the pumpkin talk recently, it got me remincing about years past, and since I got nothing inspiring or insightful to say today (I had brilliant thoughts last night, but the sleep gremlins seemed to have muched them in the middle of the night), I am going to tell a story, a memory plucked from the past. I even have pictures. A good story isn’t complete without pictures.
The tale begins on a clear October day, a few years ago. The sun was shining and fluffy clouds scudded across an azure sky. The leaves were exploding in a riot of color, and in a fit of brilliant insanity (the two generally go hand in hand, do they not?), my friend Mary and I decided to paint pumpkins. One thing led to another, and admist fit of giggles, we had decided we were going to give these beautiful works of art to our friends and family. A la ding-dong doorbell ditch.
Gleeful of our plans, we headed off to the local farm, picked our pumpkins, and brought them back to my apartment. A few hours later, we had our masterpieces and doodles whimiscal flights of fancy completed. We were ready to brave the night.
I was the driver, Mary the runner. The night was clear, the air laced with the scent of dead leaves and only a hint of oncoming frost, as drove to our destinations. During our escapades, we outraced dogs, tripped over lawn gnomes, and braved dark, winding paths to bring these autumnal delights to our friends and family.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.
Does anyone have any fall memories they want to share?
A few weeks ago, I won Sarah’s (aspiring sub-creator) giveaway for the Wonderland Blogfest, and one of the prizes included this beautiful handmade Celtic paper. When I first saw the paper, I was like a five year old with a box of brand new crayons and an empty wall. My eyes lit up and my hands itched with the urge to scribble all over them, and scribble I did. My immediate thought was elves and wizards, and while I haven’t drawn them (yet), I was up late the past two nights furiously sketching away. I have one completed, and a second one that is giving me hell. Let’s just say My Preciouses, that hands are the bane of my artistic existence.
Are you excited about them? I am. I have special plans for the Lorien sketch, and I have a few ideas of what I can do with the others. All to your benefit, of course.
I’m probably going to be scarce again next week. I need to step up my job hunting as the imminent move to Boston looms closer. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Every fall I get these romantic notions about moving back to the Boston area, and this year, I decided to jump ahead and just do it.
I finished the character sketches for Charleevale, and as promised, here they are:
Everybody, meet Calista and Kalor.
My camera is misbehaving today, so the pictures are a little fuzzy.
Also, last week, S.B. at Writing the Other, gave me the Blog on Fire award. thanks S.B.!
People who deserve this
I have consulted the Random Powers That Be, and divined a winner.
Charlee, if you want to e-mail me at cnicoll85 [at] hotmail [dot] com with your choice of color or b&w, head shot or full body (you can do one of each if you like), along with the descriptions of your character(s). Please be as descriptive as possible so I can accurately portray the characters–hair and eye color, hairstyle, skin tone, body type, clothing style, personality, genre, and anything else you can think that might help.
I’ll try to start on them this weekend, but I’m babysitting Hurricane, Tsunami, and little Squall so it might be a little to tough. Now excuse me, red gatorade just exploded all over the kitchen.