wyld_dandelyon: (Creative Joyous Cat)
I did a couple of gift-paintings for someone over on Flight Rising, which were delivered as electronic images. They aren't interested in the physical paintings, so I'm pondering what to do with the canvasses.

But anyway, I haven't been sharing creative stuff enough, so as an intention to both do and publish more creative work next year, I'm sharing them here:





I do like how much most of the people over on FR enjoy art, and how welcoming they are to artists at all levels.
wyld_dandelyon: (Happy Moth Artist)
If I have a new year's resolution, it's making room. Getting rid of stuff I don't use or need. Getting my home writing office not only minimally set up, but pleasant and inspiring and efficient. Paying off old debts and refinancing the house to make room in the budget. But most of all, making time.

The conventional wisdom is you shouldn't quit your day job. In one of the best books on writing that I bought before becoming a single Mom, Nancy Kress writes that quitting your day job doesn't mean you will write more.

But I've had asthma and allergies since puberty. I've always had to guide my life around the fact that I run out of energy long before I run out of dreams. When I'm working full time, running errands, and taking care of life, that's often all I can do--and if I get sick, it's more than I can do, so even just a cold (even if I don't come down with bronchitis or a sinus infection) means I spend weeks trying to catch up on stuff like groceries, laundry, and dishes. You know--essential stuff you can't do without.

Adding the food allergies hasn't helped. I can no longer carve out a bit of extra time by buying fast food or convenience food--or even most restaurant food. This no wheat and no corn thing is really inconvenient.

The answer, to me, is obvious--if I can only do so much, and I want to write fiction, I need to choose to spend my time writing fiction, not letters and pleadings and the like. Regardless of conventional wisdom, I know that I do write more without a day job. I did while unemployed, even though a substantial amount of time was taken up trying to find employment and being depressed and worried about being unemployed. The next step, for me, is to make writing my day job.

And now, with my finances in order and Obamacare a reality, I can make this happen. Soon.

Wish me luck!

Deirdre at Capricon 2014
wyld_dandelyon: A cat-wizard happily writing, by Tod (wizard writing)
I don't feel inspired to do a 2011 retrospective. Maybe this weekend.

Right now, I'm feeling more like looking forward, considering: What goals should I have in the new year?

One friend, seen at the New Year's Eve party I always go to, said he thought perhaps he should aim for more hugs in 2012. That sounds like a good goal to me. I don't know if it will get more stories written, re-grow my guitar calluses, or further any other of my long-term creative goals, but friends are important too.

I'm going to keep my 10-submissions-a-month goal that I started last year, and have already copied the spreadsheet, renamed it, and entered the first submission. I didn't make that goal every month--some months I did more and lots fell short--but it helped me focus in a positive way, when I wasn't too busy to look at it. There were also times that everything I had on hand was out already.

That leads to a clear conclusion--I need to write more. To that end, I think I should log into the chat room with the other [livejournal.com profile] toonowrimo  writers more often.  The only problem with this is there's rarely anyone in the room between dinnertime and what should be my bedtime.  So if there's anyone else interested in writing from 7 to 11 CST, let me know.  I think I'll try to do at least one word war regularly, meaning at a minimum more days than not.

Speaking of bedtime, I need to put a higher priority on sleep.  Being too tired is too much like writer's block. Who cares if it's 7 p.m.--if I'm tired enough to sleep during what is normally my most creative time of day then I should treat myself to actual proper sleep-in-a-bed.  I must remember that exhaustion--which is not the same thing as working past dawn on a night when the Muse is whispering in my ear and I can sleep in the next day--leeches away my time and creativity.  Staying up always seems more attractive than the face-hugger, but for the most part, that's a lie.

I am, of course, planning to keep my day job in 2012. Paying the bills is a good thing, and so is health insurance, even if that keeps getting more expensive and covers less every year.  I also like having a job where I get to help people who, through no fault of their own, have been hurt. (I admit, I still do like writing fiction better. Too bad as a culture we have fallen into the attitude that nearly all creative work should be available for free.)

That brings me to another rather free-form goal--to keep stretching my skills as a storyteller, including not only my writing, but my art, music, and ancillary stuff like promoting the small-press publications I'm in.

I've committed to running the next Torn World contest, answering questions and cheerleading and trying to fill in for Ellen while [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion  is on maternity leave.  If you folks want to give me a gift, enter the next Torn World contest and harass me for links to background information or snag me in a chat room to brainstorm before sitting down to create something for the contest.  That contest will be another Fauna of Torn World contest, so stories, poetry, art, and metafiction about sea monsters, invasive insects, cute pets, and strange wildlife will all be welcome!  (If you want to give Ellen a gift, enter this month's contest, whose theme is Fashions and Fads--you're welcome to ask me for information, links, or brainstorming this month too!). 

As to my own Torn World projects, I plan to finish Wild Snowy Chase very soon, and then turn my attention to some of my other characters.  Lalya in particular has been neglected; I need to plot out more of his story and immerse myself in it for a while.

I do want to work on the Feather-Blessed Dragons story--I owe that to [personal profile] meeks  for the wonderful art she made for it, but I've been wanting to find time for it anyway.  I'd also love to finish Clockwork Dragon, and I have some ideas for stories to submit to upcoming anthologies too.

I also still want to put some of my short stories out as an e-book anthology, and maybe a few as freebie singles, but I have not yet figured out what to do for cover art.  Maybe if I can carve out more time for art, I will succeed in making some.  I'm still leery of spending money on it, since I still have bills to pay off and deferred house fixing stuff that's been on hold due to being unemployed for so long.  But that might eventually be the solution. 

In short, 2012 will be another year where I dream big and try to make a bunch of those dreams real. 

It's bedtime for me now--I have to work tomorrow, after all.  This weekend is Sketchfest, so I'll be doing some art--but in between sketches, does anybody want to war?


wyld_dandelyon: A happily sleeping purple, green & gold dragon (sleeping dragon)
I welcomed in the new year by finishing a story just before the submission deadline, reading it aloud, tweaking it, and sending it in. I really prefer having a few days or weeks to get some distance before doing a final revision and sending something in to an editor, but a deadline is a deadline, and I figure it's nice if a themed publication inspired a story to actually finish the story and send it in to them.

Then I was ready to head off to bed, and remembered that the bed frame broke this morning. Oh, well, it was old when we got it. However, we had to finish disassembling it and set up the mattress and box spring on the floor, and re-make the bed.

We would have doubtless done that sooner, except I discovered that some of the radiators weren't radiating heat, so we had to go around and bleed the dumb things again--something My Angel did most of, while I tried to finish the story.

I'd love to know why it's so much harder for me to write science fiction than fantasy.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
It's been a busy year. A year ago the Torn World site opened to the public, and I've been active on the editorial board all year. I've also been working on Torn World stories, art poetry, and worldbuilding.

Over the course of the year, I've had 26 stories, 11 poems, and 14 pieces of art published there, as well as more art, illustrating some of the worldbuilding articles onsite. One of the stories, Building a Home, which was Dini and Lalya's debut story, was featured in ErgoFiction.

Despite how busy I was with Torn World, I also did other writing. Deep Dreams was published in the Best of Friday Flash 2009, and Vibrations of Battle, Vibrations of Joy was published in Crossed Genres. And my story, Boney Fingers, survied several edit requests to be accepted into Magicking in Traffic, while another story, co-written with RJ Astruc, was accepted into another anthology. Though, of course, I collected many more rejections than acceptances.

I didn't do everything I set out to do; I didn't finish Fireborn, though I did add to it. I also didn't finish Clockwork Dragon (though I did get our boiler replaced, so we have heat again).

And I started a new diet, trading hours spent reading or writing fiction for hours spent reading ingredient lists.

I started the year unemployed, and have had three different long-term temporary gigs, though the first one ran doctors' appointment to doctor's appointment. I'm going to miss the people where I'm working now; the last day of work there is scheduled for January 7.

I'm still pondering New Year's --not resolutions-- goals, I suppose. I want to getg back to the Feather-Blessed Dragons stories. I want also to finish Clockwork Dragon and Fireborn. I'd like to collaborate again with RJ.

I'm definitely continuing with Torn World, and with writing and submitting shorter things.

I had toyed with the idea of making at least 100 submissions in 2010; I didn't quite make that, even counting Torn World. This year, I'm toying with trying to manage at least 10 submissions a month. I suspect that having a shorter tracking period might help keep me focused. And I also want to do more music and more art, and get my house less cluttered and in better shape.

Oh, well, it's late. I can sleep on this stuff before deciding on which goals to tackle first.

If anyone has thoughts, ideas, or preferences, you're welcome to share!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
It's been a busy year. A year ago the Torn World site opened to the public, and I've been active on the editorial board all year. I've also been working on Torn World stories, art poetry, and worldbuilding.

Over the course of the year, I've had 26 stories, 11 poems, and 14 pieces of art published there, as well as more art, illustrating some of the worldbuilding articles onsite. One of the stories, Building a Home, which was Dini and Lalya's debut story, was featured in ErgoFiction.

Despite how busy I was with Torn World, I also did other writing. Deep Dreams was published in the Best of Friday Flash 2009, and Vibrations of Battle, Vibrations of Joy was published in Crossed Genres. And my story, Boney Fingers, survied several edit requests to be accepted into Magicking in Traffic, while another story, co-written with RJ Astruc, was accepted into another anthology. Though, of course, I collected many more rejections than acceptances.

I didn't do everything I set out to do; I didn't finish Fireborn, though I did add to it. I also didn't finish Clockwork Dragon (though I did get our boiler replaced, so we have heat again).

And I started a new diet, trading hours spent reading or writing fiction for hours spent reading ingredient lists.

I started the year unemployed, and have had three different long-term temporary gigs, though the first one ran doctors' appointment to doctor's appointment. I'm going to miss the people where I'm working now; the last day of work there is scheduled for January 7.

I'm still pondering New Year's --not resolutions-- goals, I suppose. I want to getg back to the Feather-Blessed Dragons stories. I want also to finish Clockwork Dragon and Fireborn. I'd like to collaborate again with RJ.

I'm definitely continuing with Torn World, and with writing and submitting shorter things.

I had toyed with the idea of making at least 100 submissions in 2010; I didn't quite make that, even counting Torn World. This year, I'm toying with trying to manage at least 10 submissions a month. I suspect that having a shorter tracking period might help keep me focused. And I also want to do more music and more art, and get my house less cluttered and in better shape.

Oh, well, it's late. I can sleep on this stuff before deciding on which goals to tackle first.

If anyone has thoughts, ideas, or preferences, you're welcome to share!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
My Card Draw is still open!  If you want a reading for the new year, for a project, for one of your characters, or for whatever reason, please drop by!  I'm still working to accumulate enough money to replace this laptop.  The new exterior fan has reduced the number of times it is crashing while I'm writing, but not eliminated them, and the computer is being slow and balky besides, probably due to all the unscheduled shut-downs.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ideealisme , [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion , and [livejournal.com profile] xjenavivex for recommending me to their friends.

The New Year's Eve  party at Lytheria was fun; I got to sing a bit and also talk to people I haven't talked to a lot over the year.  Thursday night, despite the holiday my singing partner came by and we practiced a bit.   And then last night after the party my gut got mad at me, probably explaining why I slept through until after 4 today; wonder what I ate that I shouldn't have?  I was being VERY careful!

I've been thinking about goals for the new year and accomplishments in the old, but I want to get caught up on readings first! 

Will I see you there?
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
My Card Draw is still open!  If you want a reading for the new year, for a project, for one of your characters, or for whatever reason, please drop by!  I'm still working to accumulate enough money to replace this laptop.  The new exterior fan has reduced the number of times it is crashing while I'm writing, but not eliminated them, and the computer is being slow and balky besides, probably due to all the unscheduled shut-downs.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ideealisme , [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion , and [livejournal.com profile] xjenavivex for recommending me to their friends.

The New Year's Eve  party at Lytheria was fun; I got to sing a bit and also talk to people I haven't talked to a lot over the year.  Thursday night, despite the holiday my singing partner came by and we practiced a bit.   And then last night after the party my gut got mad at me, probably explaining why I slept through until after 4 today; wonder what I ate that I shouldn't have?  I was being VERY careful!

I've been thinking about goals for the new year and accomplishments in the old, but I want to get caught up on readings first! 

Will I see you there?
wyld_dandelyon: (great wizard by djinni)
I've decided to throw this open a little early. I plan to leave it open until sometime on January 1; if it's not the 2nd and I don't have a "closed" sign at the top of this post, you're welcome to request a card (or three, in the case of Torn World readings).

Of course, the usual disclaimers apply -- a card reading can't substitute for professional advice. If you need a doctor or lawyer or financial planner, etc., that's not me. If I can provide some entertainment, or help you get in touch with your own higher power(s) or inner muse(s), on the other hand, I'm glad to be of service.

Decks:

I'm going to offer three-card Torn World readings again.  You can have a reading from the Kuleilyi Divination Disks, much as Bai-Kunabei might give if you were to get a reading from her.

If you would like a Guide, I have the combined combined deck I made out of Susan Seddon Boulet's Goddesses and Animal Spirits.

To bring meaning out of chaos, the Fantasy Showcase Tarot featuring art collected by Bruce Pelz, where each card is by a different artist (or, in one case, two artists).

For inspiration, guides, whimsy, and sheer beauty, Brian Froud's Fairies' Oracle.  (Though some of the advice provided by this deck last time was quite practical.)

And finally, because five is a magical number, the Shapeshifter Tarot.

Rules:  Do I need rules?  Ask what you want to ask, the way you want to ask (within the limits of polite behavior, anyway).  Let me know which deck you'd like me to  use.  My cards have always been respectful of the creative life; feel free to ask about creative projects if you wish.

Payment:  No payment is necessary, but this does take time and energy.  Any tips will be gratefully appreciated and applied to the "Get a Laptop that doesn't crash when it overheats" fund, which still has a long way to go.  And if things get busy, I'll do readings for people who tip first.


I hope you all have a wonderful new year!
wyld_dandelyon: (great wizard by djinni)
I've decided to throw this open a little early. I plan to leave it open until sometime on January 1; if it's not the 2nd and I don't have a "closed" sign at the top of this post, you're welcome to request a card (or three, in the case of Torn World readings).

Of course, the usual disclaimers apply -- a card reading can't substitute for professional advice. If you need a doctor or lawyer or financial planner, etc., that's not me. If I can provide some entertainment, or help you get in touch with your own higher power(s) or inner muse(s), on the other hand, I'm glad to be of service.

Decks:

I'm going to offer three-card Torn World readings again.  You can have a reading from the Kuleilyi Divination Disks, much as Bai-Kunabei might give if you were to get a reading from her.

If you would like a Guide, I have the combined combined deck I made out of Susan Seddon Boulet's Goddesses and Animal Spirits.

To bring meaning out of chaos, the Fantasy Showcase Tarot featuring art collected by Bruce Pelz, where each card is by a different artist (or, in one case, two artists).

For inspiration, guides, whimsy, and sheer beauty, Brian Froud's Fairies' Oracle.  (Though some of the advice provided by this deck last time was quite practical.)

And finally, because five is a magical number, the Shapeshifter Tarot.

Rules:  Do I need rules?  Ask what you want to ask, the way you want to ask (within the limits of polite behavior, anyway).  Let me know which deck you'd like me to  use.  My cards have always been respectful of the creative life; feel free to ask about creative projects if you wish.

Payment:  No payment is necessary, but this does take time and energy.  Any tips will be gratefully appreciated and applied to the "Get a Laptop that doesn't crash when it overheats" fund, which still has a long way to go.  And if things get busy, I'll do readings for people who tip first.


I hope you all have a wonderful new year!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
I was awakened very early, by my current schedule, to pay the oil delivery guy. 

And then, well, I was awake.  And yesterday's mail told me that my unemployment payment this week was partial, which probably means I've reached the end of the extended payments.  I'm hoping that the extra extension is in effect already, otherwise I don't know what I'll do for money when the small amount I've been able to keep set aside from my tax return this year is gone.  Anyone want to commission me for anything, now's your chance!!!

Being awake, and assuming that the unemployment office is closed until next year, I set to working on something that I can do, and got about 2000 words in on the Grandmother Marie story, bringing it nearly to 2900 words.  It's somewhere in the vicinity of half done now; I wanted to finish the first draft today, but eventually the fact that I hadn't gotten my 8 hours sleep set my eyelids drifting downward, and I returned to bed.  I've got to figure out a real title for that story!

Now my bath is running, I entered the SF Reader short story contest, and I'm packing stuff so I can draw icons as thank-yous for the donors who've supported me the most in cash and comments this year at the New Year's party at Lytheria. 

And then I dropped in to the creators' forums at Torn World and noticed there's banners to use for Torn World -- it's opening VERY soon now, in 2010.  But 2010 is now just hours away!  I'm not sure exactly when Ellen will declare it officially open, it could be as early as Midnight in whatever Alaska time zone Ellen lives in, but here's the site:  http://www.tornworld.net  Check it out!!!

There is already some public content on the site, and there will be more--fiction, poetry, and artwork.  And there will be significantly more content for subscribers, as well as a system of credits so you can vote with your cash to let us know which pieces you like best.  You will also be able to adopt characters, and to contact writers and artists to commission stories or artwork about them, if you don't want to write a story yourself--and your character will be able, in the stories, to interact with other characters in the Torn World.  I'm very excited to see how this will all work in practice!!!  There's a system to have stories approved as "canon", or officially part of the Torn World, which includes checking with the owners of any character in a story, so if you own a character, no one can marry them off (for instance) without your approval.

[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion  has been working hard to get the site ready, and the other creators have been beta-testing things for months, so we're all excited to be welcoming new people there!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
I was awakened very early, by my current schedule, to pay the oil delivery guy. 

And then, well, I was awake.  And yesterday's mail told me that my unemployment payment this week was partial, which probably means I've reached the end of the extended payments.  I'm hoping that the extra extension is in effect already, otherwise I don't know what I'll do for money when the small amount I've been able to keep set aside from my tax return this year is gone.  Anyone want to commission me for anything, now's your chance!!!

Being awake, and assuming that the unemployment office is closed until next year, I set to working on something that I can do, and got about 2000 words in on the Grandmother Marie story, bringing it nearly to 2900 words.  It's somewhere in the vicinity of half done now; I wanted to finish the first draft today, but eventually the fact that I hadn't gotten my 8 hours sleep set my eyelids drifting downward, and I returned to bed.  I've got to figure out a real title for that story!

Now my bath is running, I entered the SF Reader short story contest, and I'm packing stuff so I can draw icons as thank-yous for the donors who've supported me the most in cash and comments this year at the New Year's party at Lytheria. 

And then I dropped in to the creators' forums at Torn World and noticed there's banners to use for Torn World -- it's opening VERY soon now, in 2010.  But 2010 is now just hours away!  I'm not sure exactly when Ellen will declare it officially open, it could be as early as Midnight in whatever Alaska time zone Ellen lives in, but here's the site:  http://www.tornworld.net  Check it out!!!

There is already some public content on the site, and there will be more--fiction, poetry, and artwork.  And there will be significantly more content for subscribers, as well as a system of credits so you can vote with your cash to let us know which pieces you like best.  You will also be able to adopt characters, and to contact writers and artists to commission stories or artwork about them, if you don't want to write a story yourself--and your character will be able, in the stories, to interact with other characters in the Torn World.  I'm very excited to see how this will all work in practice!!!  There's a system to have stories approved as "canon", or officially part of the Torn World, which includes checking with the owners of any character in a story, so if you own a character, no one can marry them off (for instance) without your approval.

[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion  has been working hard to get the site ready, and the other creators have been beta-testing things for months, so we're all excited to be welcoming new people there!

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