Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Semester-long Blog Vacation

Photo by Jay Buangan

Hello, Dear Reader,

I have some wonderful friends and family and internet strangers who frequent my blog, but right at this moment I have:

* A brand new day job I'm trying to learn
* Several graduate courses I'm taking with a ton of group work
* A MG fantasy first draft I'm writing
* A YA sci fi I really need to revise
* My beloved MG Fantasy (The Storm Summoner) that I need to revise again and get back to querying
* Critiques to read for others
* A desire to revisit the French language before my trip to Paris with my sister this summer (!)

I strongly suspect I won't actually make time for re-learning French, but I have the best of intentions.

Point being: I have overbooked myself. I had a very similar list last semester, and I had a heck of a time keeping after this blog (far more late posts than usual), and so this semester I have decided to give myself a break.

My blog, which I've kept up consistently for the past five plus years, is hereby on vacation until the spring and summer school semesters are over.

I look forward to seeing all of you again in August!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Homemade Christmas

My husband and I tend to make our own Christmas trees. The first year that we did so, we bought a fake pine garland and wrapped it around his lunch box (which was vaguely Christmas tree shaped).

This year we got very high-falutin'. We used hot glued chopsticks as a base and used yarn to attach popsicle sticks to the chopsticks. Then we took that same garland from many years ago (maybe about 8 years ago) and wrapped it around our creation, which we had stuck into a beer bottle. This is the result:

We also created homemake presents in addition to a homemade tree.

I made Nigel a Bender head on a stick (if you know the character, this seems funny rather than creepy - he's a robot from the TV show Futurama who once sold his own body to make money from the scrap metal.)

Nigel made me an awesome little dragon out of construction paper, pipe cleaners, egg carton, googly eyes, and popsicle sticks.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pirate Dragons!

Because I missed posting last week, I shall share with you a photo of my glorious, crocheted dragon wearing a Pirate hat:

I feel this makes up for everything.