Archive for July, 2012

2012, July 30

LOST in the Writing World

Recently (at the time of writing this that equals to about fifteen minutes earlier), I was having a conversation with Milli Thornton about writing, birthday lunches and how they should be negotiable, introverts ruling the world and more oases of peace and quiet.
(Yes, I have awesome friends whom I can discuss world domination with.) ;)

I ended the comment-conversation saying that extroverts probably shouldn’t see us plotting that openly. After saying that, I associated non-writers, extroverts with The Others. I then associated writers, introverts with the passengers on board Oceanic flight 815. And then, I associated the Island to an oasis of peace and quiet for writers; which non-writers are inhabiting.
(Yes, that is how my mind usually works. And then some.)

The way I see it now, with all of this running laps in my brain:
writers are like the passengers. We crash on non-writer’s islands, build shelters, store thoughts and ideas on neatly stacked shelves, burn the fuselage with the dead bodies of the past weighing us down. We get inspired on quiet spots on the beach in the sun or under a palm tree’s shade and start living. We start writing.

The Others are mysterious, secretive sometimes, and are seemingly easy puzzles to solve. However, they are so much more complex. They seem to know at all times exactly which buttons to push on us writers. They are difficult to track, they conceal themselves quite effectively and will show up out of nowhere to disarm writers of their thoughts and dexterity. Their exact motives remain unclear.

Conclusion?

There will always be Others around us. But we’ve got to do our thing, type our own kind of stories, write our own special views, even if nobody else reads along.
(Yes, that last line is a play on the song from Lost.)

2012, July 26

Dear Thursday, 26.June.2012

"People will come in and out of our lives. Few will stay for the long haul. And even fewer will allow us to change and grow." via @laurenc129

 

I loved it! So I suggest you go read Lauren Cropper’s full blog post, Up to the mountain when it seems the world is against your dreams

2012, July 25

Let’s do some math. Okay, not really ;)

contrastCan you count to ten in good things you see around you right now?

I’ll start:

  1. food
  2. company
  3. camera
  4. drinks
  5. (laptop I’m currently writing this on)
  6. art
  7. books
  8. weather
  9. (enough) health
  10. garden

Your turn ;)

 

 

PS: as you may have noticed, I changed my background image here. It looks great on my laptop’s screen, but I wonder, how does it look on your device? (best in full screen)

2012, July 23

Pros and Cons of not babysitting over the summer

Pros:
no children talking to – AT! – me at all times (for no reason at all sometimes)
no tantrums and hissy-fits, no talking back, no yelling, no stubbornness (only from grown ups, but they’re easier to ignore)
no added stress of being responsible for a, not-even-my-own, kid’s life
no having to watch cartoons
no playground visits/running around in the melting hot weather
no wondering when the parents arrive home so I’ll remotely know when I get to go home
 
Cons:
no money
no money…
and have I mentioned the small inconvenience of having no money come from it?
 
I have two other jobs aside from this. But still, it’ll be missed…
How about you guys? Do you have an extra job you’ll miss over the summer?
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2012, July 20

Can you understand… – by Estrella Azul

Can you understand that I need my space?
To breathe, to unwind, to just be. To be me.

Can you understand that your constant concern and reproach bring me down?
That you make me feel guilty about taking time for myself. That it’s affecting our relationship.

Can you understand that I worry, too?
That instability is throwing me off track. That it makes me feel insecure.

Can you understand that I feel stuck?
That I sometimes don’t see the beauty people talk about seeing in me. That my soul is searching for something I can’t find right now.

Can you understand that some decisions just have to be mine?
About me. No matter how much a part of my life you are.

Can you understand that I love you?
That I want to keep loving you. That I don’t want to fight.

But for that, I need you to understand me.
No questions asked. No banter. No undermining my needs.

2012, July 18

Unique (Tropical) Travelogue – not only for travel writers

You know I’m a travel writer, right? (If not, you need to fix that immediately! Go read my travel articles. I’ll wait.) ;)

Well, as any self-respecting writer, I always have pen and paper with me. As any self-respecting travel writer, I also always have a notebook with me whenever I travel. And, as any self-respecting perfectionist, I wanted something pretty!

The notebook I chose to take with me on the first trips is kind of big. And has all sorts of writing in it, not only travel related. Over this summer I won’t be able to travel much and will mostly go on one-day road trips. I’ll be traveling light, with a small backpack. So I wanted a smaller notebook. And I found the perfect one. Spiral bound, half the size of my old notebook and quite thick for me to use for jotting down thoughts, names of places, ideas, etc. for many years to come.

Yet… I wasn’t thrilled about the cover. It was… plain. It didn’t look like something I’d call a travelogue.

Then, I remembered a tutorial I saw several weeks ago: Ways with Vintage Maps – Woven Notebook Tutorial. (I have an old Atlas from the sixties, which belonged to my uncle and couldn’t wait to see the light of day again.) It was perfect!

I turned my dull notebook into a unique travelogue which I absolutely love!

Here’s the tutorial. It can turn any old notebook into something very pretty, in no time :)

page woven map notebook cover page Unique Tropical Travelogue

Unique (Tropical) Travelogue

You’ll need two pieces of a Map/Atlas etc. that have a mix of watery and land mass areas to give a mix of colors. (I chose one piece with mostly land, Europe, and the other piece was mostly water, Black Sea).

Mark up strips on the opposite side you want to use to avoid ugly black marks. So that you can read the name places you’ll want one map piece to have horizontal strips and one to have vertical strips. (My strips measure 1,5 cm wide and long enough to wrap around my notebook (covers)).

Weigh the bottom of the Vertical pieces down with some cans and start weaving.

When you’ve woven enough to cover the book front and back, add some tape to the bottom of the woven pieces leaving enough of the tape to be able to fold over and seal the ends together.

Repeat for the top and sides.

When you’ve taped each side and folded the edge of the tape over to the back, you should be left with a piece of woven Atlas ‘fabric’ you can now use this to cover your Composition book.

Layer Double sided tape to completely cover the front and back, making sure the spine has tape adhered to it also.

Then lay the back of the book on the woven Atlas ‘fabric’ and take the woven piece and wrap it around the book pressing down to make sure it sticks.

Trim around the edges. After trimming you will have some loose pieces that stick up, glue them down then put notebook under a pile of books to make sure all the pieces properly stuck to the cover.

Trim off the excess and enjoy your recycled Atlas/Map notebook.

(Since I have a notebook with spiral binding, I only stuck my woven map to the covers, both outside and on the inside. I also decorated with a few graphics I recently purchased from a new store in town which sells Graphic 45 products.
I’ll be taking my new travelogue with me on all my upcoming travels and trips, so I also ran a clear scotch tape over the woven map cover – just to make sure it’ll stay clean and not absorb moisture in case I happen to drop it in a puddle or something.)
 

 

* Original tutorial by Ways with Vintage Maps – Woven Notebook Tutorial

Happy crafting ;)

2012, July 17

Love Letter Request for July, 2012

moreloveletterslogo Like I said in May, I’ve decided to start posting each month’s love letter request from MoreLoveLetters.com here on my blog. Aside from the few people who have said “Yes!” before, this will give anyone else so inclined a chance to write love letters when they are willing to.

The world needs far more than my own love letter. Please join me and MoreLoveLetters.com today to write love letters to Jim, a man who is fighting against cancer & could use your words of encouragement!

Below is part of my received e-mail, the love letter request for July:

Meet Jim

“This month we hope to deliver a large bundle of letters filled with support, strength, and love to Jim’s mailbox. Jim’s daughter Samantha requested an outpouring of love in her dad’s honor. “He is the kind of person who makes people feel good about themselves…He never had great wealth, but he was always rich in friends, loved ones, and experiences.”

Jim was diagnosed with cancer last year, and has experienced drastic changes to the life he once led. “He had to stop working, grew tired too easily, and lost the laughter that we came to rely on.” Samantha wants her father to be reminded by this Love Letter Bundle of how much he is loved and what a great man and father he is and always will be.”

Please mail all love letters to the address below with a postmark date before JULY 30, 2012:

Jim’s Bundle

PO Box 2061,

North Haven,  CT 06473

Happy love letter writing! <3