My Alter Ego

I just got done watching an old favorite Disney movie of mine called Read it and Weep. It is about a girl who keeps a journal is the style of a fictional world with an alter ego named Isabella, Is for short.  Her journal accidentally gets printed out an turned in as an  essay and ends up winning a school wide contest. The result is that the rest of the journal becomes an instant best selling book.

Jamie (the main character), then, in turn loses herself, and takes on the traits of her alter ego which was named Isabella (“Is for short”). Is is everything Jamie thought she wanted to be.  Through the course of the movie, she learns that being herself is all that she needs to be. And the people she thought wanted as friends weren’t all they were cracked up to be.

Why am I giving you the synopsis of a Disney movie? Well, the thing is, I think every writer has an alter ego. Some writers might say that they have multiple alter egos. For me, I have just one, and her name is Victoria. Victoria is everything I want to be. And that is never more clear than lately.

Victoria…Tori, she likes to be called, is a classically trained soprano (which I used to be) , she’s good with children (which I am), and she tries really hard to be loyal to those who are good to her (also me).  When she gets hurt by those she thinks of as friends, she tend to take it personally for a day or two before deciding that they probably weren’t really friends to begin with. That’s something I try to strive for, but let me be perfectly honest here: I take a lot of things personally. Especially when it’s me personally they’re hurting.

I wonder how Tori would’ve handled the recent and blatant bullying that I’ve recently encountered. I won’t go into detail, but let’s say that my self-confidence has taken quite the hit. I know this might sound weird, but I need to meditate and see what I come across with her guidance? I just… never thought I’d encounter that  with elderly people. I thought the days of being bullied were behind me.

But yeah. Someday I might have to start a journal similar to the one that Jamie had in Read it and Weep. I don’t know if Victoria would feature, but it would be an interesting experiment to see how I see my family, friends, and enemies, in a fictional setting.

The Stomach Bug and Some Thoughts

I lost an entire day on writing and Rainbow Looming yesterday because I had a pretty bad stomach bug. I don’t know if it was a real thing or if my body went into shock from the bad news I’d gotten the night before. Either way, it was pretty awful, and I felt awful.

When I couldn’t sleep last night I started thinking about how I could better the business. The things I came up with were thus:

  • Advertise by wearing. I do this already, but maybe I need to wear more of my newer designs, and less of my older ones.
  • Refresh the shop with fresh designs. Put newer designs in the shop. I will work on this this weekend.
  • Continuously learn new designs and improve upon others.

These are just some of the thoughts that crossed my mind. I am hoping that doing this will help me expand and get some sales finally. I also bought myself a Nook Book on selling on Etsy in hopes that it will give me some guidance in how to do this. I just need to take some time out to read it and not pussy foot around with it if I truly want to succeed.

Anyway, I’m going to head off here now because I have a  few other things I need to catch up on before I leave for my friend’s house. See you guys next entry.

Dealing with Chronic Pain

Today I am dealing with some aches in pains in various parts of my body. It’s pretty annoying because I have things I want to do. One of those things was working on some new headbands to put on my Etsy shop.

So what I am doing instead? Instead I am working on fan merchandise for YallWest. I am going to be able to go and represent some of my favorite fandoms. One of them is Dorothy Must Die, and I am working on a headband for the Order of the Wicked. I am using green and black to represent that.

Though I am in so much pain it is hard to focus on the headband to begin with. I am hurting in my back, legs, and most immediately, my one tooth that desperately needs a root canal that I can’t afford and insurance won’t cover. It’s throbbing like a heartbeat.

Other than that, I found out that a family member I am somewhat close to had a stroke and is in the hospital in a medically induced coma. It’s not looking good, and I’m not sure even sure I’ll be able to say goodbye.

There’s not much else to say right now, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something for tomorrow.

Amazing News Everyone!

After some careful consideration, I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop which sells crafts, but most of all, my Rainbow Loom bracelets and headbands!

This comes after a long talk with my mom, and Jeanette about how I don’t mind making the bracelets, but honestly, i am running out of storage for all of them, and while I’d like to keep some I’ve already given some of them away to friends and family to make room for newer designs. But I also have the desire to sell newer items that I have perfected my progress on.

So I hope you guys will help me get the word out! The name of the shop is Rainbow Bridge Custom Accessories! You can click the link above and it will take you to my shop. All of my designs are color and size customizable! Enjoy them, and come back here and let me know what you think!

Feeling Energetic

So I woke up feeling so energetic this morning. Even though it was only 6:30 EST.  I don’t know why my cat insists on waking me up so early, but today I’m kinda glad she did. I must have slept just the right amount. I can’t check to find out because I forgot to put my FitBit back on after the pool at my neighbor’s last night.

This has had an interesting effect on what I do. I cleaned my bathroom, vacummed both my room and my craft room, and I finished up the dishes. All of this in a span of 2 hours.

I forgot to mention a couple of entries back that I started writing a new, interesting piece that came out of a recurring dream I was having. I won’t give details here, but trust me when I say that I will probably post a snippet in my writing section of the site soon. I am getting a lot of positive feedback from those who have read what I’ve got for now.

Jeanette and her fiance came over again yesterday. We had some fun, listening to different music and looming. I made a new bracelet in the linked closure style. I used solar bands to do it so it changes to purple when it’s in the sun or in bright light outside. It’s so cool looking, and the kid in me loves watching it change into different colors.  I attempted to take pictures of my newest creation, but not sure the solar one came out well enough to post.

Okay, so it did turn out. That’s great! The only thing you don’t see is exactly how purple it gets. I will try and get another picture while I am out and about today. I am going to the clubhouse to do some uninterrupted writing on my stories. And some uninterrupted reading, too.

Well, I still have a few things to do before I go, so I’m going to end with saying that my life seems to be picking up from a few months ago, and I am glad! I feel like I finally belong in Florida instead of having been dragged along because I had no choice. I have a life here now, and I’m loving every second of it.

Heather

Sinuses and Other Things that are Things

Yep, my sinuses still exist, even in Sunny Florida. The thing is the weather has been ping ponging back and forth between really warm in the 70s and 80s to really really cold to 50s and 60s. So inflamed sinuses are apparently a thing I am dealing with right now.

Yet! I have been powering through, and still doing crafts. I’ve had three great craft days in a row.

Thursday I went to a rock painting session at my favorite library. A lot of my friends from coloring club were there and we had a great time! Here are some of the pretty rocks I made. My favorite is the Starry Night inspired one!!  The purpose behind the  rock painting is to hide them. I kept these three because they were my first. Though the “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” one has been lost… not sure where it went. 2017-03-16 19.45.57

On Friday I spent the afternoon with fellow craft buddy, Jeanette, and we did some fun crafts. Most of it was on the Finger Loom and Monster Tail from Rainbow Loom, but I did convince her to pull out her sand art and I made a pretty bottle. 2017-03-17 12.18.58

This is the first pattern I followed out of a book for Rainbow Loom patterns. This is called the Double X bracelet. I’m not sure I completely like how it came out, but it was close enough to make into a bracelet. I’m going to attempt it again eventually.

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This one is called the butterfly blossoms bracelet. I like it, and I think it’s cute, but I probably wouldn’t wear it on my wrist. I might make a headband version of this one. It would look better as a headpiece, I think.

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Yesterday, I did some crafting too. I did a triple fish tail bracelet and added something new to the end of it. I added three fishtail chains to connect the ends . This was a great way to save on bands (I was running low on the colors I was using for the bracelet) and make an original design. I gave Tutorials By A credit for the original design, and then mentioned that I’d added to it to make my own. I think that was the correct protocol, anyway!  I never want to take credit for some else’s design even if I did add to it. Even when I turn them into headbands.

I’ve really enjoyed rediscovering my Rainbow Loom and all of the other looms I use. Today I am planning to start a headband for Jeanette. It’s going to take quite a few bands, but I’ve got bands coming in on Tuesday (maybe even tomorrow if I’m lucky!) .  I will keep bringing you guys pictures, and writing about my progress in learning new patterns and maybe perfecting old ones. Thanks for being here!

Heather

 

Preparing for Camp

That is, I am preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo. Every April, I try to finish or work harder on on specific piece of writing. Just like with November, I like this because it forces my muses to pay attention to me. This year I am using Camp NaNoWriMo to focus my attention away from my upcoming vacation and spending money prior to it. As long as my hands are on the keyboard pounding out words, I won’t have time to really do any kind of shopping.

So how am I preparing for Camp? 500 words per day minimum. If I can just write 500 words, a little at a time, my work in progress will get done. For  November’s NaNoWriMo,  I average anywhere from 1k to 5k a day. It really depends on what I’m doing that month.  But Camp session, I want to actually get into the meat of my dystopian. and that’s been me for last two years, because this dystopian is such a fresh idea that I don’t want someone else to take it. (I don’t know who’d actually take it, okay? It’s author paranoia!)

Next week, the next to last week in March, I will probably be doing 1k words per day just to prepare even further. I think with 500 words, and sometimes more, I can easily  do 1k per day.

I don’t tend to push myself too hard on Camp sessions because the real prize is NaNoWriMo, when I have plenty of support and positive things going on. But this year I want to take it a little more seriously because last year I did nothing except read. Which  reminds me…

April is also my month long read-a-thon month. I think my goal this month will be finish all the books I’ve started. Whatever I don’t finish in March will be my April books. That means City of Bones, The Circle, The Magicians and The End of Oz are all contenders for April books.

Of course I’ll probably finish The End of Oz  before April. One thing I love about Danielle Paige is her ability to tell an epic story without making book huge. (No offense to the other authors I read! I just like a quick read every now and then. But it has to have substance, and Paige really does this well!)

So that’s what’s on the table for me for April. A lot of reading, writing, and then California! I can’t wait to write to you guys about Califronia adventures! I’m excited about it!