This is my latest graphics tablet drawing. Not brilliant but an improvement I think The eyes aren’t quite straight and I’m not thrilled with the mouth but the face shape seemed to come out rather well. The shading was a bit much perhaps but the end result did give me an idea for a short story.
You can read that on my other blog, 1000 words. The story is called Fortunate me.
Copyright © 190214 by Karen Payze
I set off eagerly on my new-style drawing journey, using a wonderful program, Serif Draw Plus x6, only to discover I was totally crap at using a graphics tablet. What makes it really difficult is that you have to get used to drawing on a tablet on your lap or table in front of you whilst looking straight at the computer or (in my case) the laptop screen. It’s kind of like typing without looking at your fingers. It’s possible, it takes time to learn and get used to and your brain is constantly fighting this unnatural thing you’re forcing it to do. Well, I am not one for giving up – ever - so I persevered until I really had the hang of it so now it’s okay.
WARNING: Contains some spoilers and possibly some offensive material (mainly if you are not a fan of Tom Cruise or Russell Brand! Or musicals or having a sense of humour)
So I don’t usually post reviews on here – well I don’t ever do reviews. But I thought I would make an exception in this case. I watched a movie on sky the other night, one I have been putting off for ages because I thought it was going to be crap. I should know better – after all the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover is relevant in all aspects of life, including films. I have watched plenty of movies that have appeared to be brilliant in trailers, that have received rave reviews in IMDB and on Rotten Tomatoes and they have turned out to be rubbish. And on the opposite end of the pole is this movie. I am talking about Rock of Ages. Yes it is a little old (well I watched it on Sky after all ), yes it has Tom Cruise in it (and BTW I am a fan – hard as that is for some to accept haha) and yes it has singing in it. Not just The Blues Brothers type singing. No I’m talking Grease, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables kind of singing. If you have seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well, you still should know what I mean.
This is really just a quickie. If you’re anything like me, when writing a blog post, you would enjoy being able to tag certain words to relate to other content or add pictures you know aren’t going to get you into copyright trouble AND you certainly would enjoy the benefits of having those wonderful tag suggestions which make your life as a blogger that little bit easier.
Well, it’s that time of year again, where New Years’ Resolutions abound. Blog after Blog, Facebook page after Facebook page, spatterings on Pinterest, etc, etc…Always the same old stuff: lose weight, drink less, be nicer…
I am not doing New Years Resolutions this year because I do them every year and they never work out. But I do want to do something that reminds me of a year gone by and a new year to come. It seems a lot of people had a rather cruddy 2013 with varying gripes and groans. I had a few of my own:
This time of year is always a mad rush – rush to get to school because its hard to wake up when you had a busy day before and its cold and dark, rush to get the home sorted because we are having Christmas here this year, rush to get pressies because every year I leave it too late despite promising myself that I will start earlier, rushing around doing school type stuff because for some reason the school thinks its fun to cram everything they possibly can into one and a half months, rush to get the Christmas dinner sorted (another thing I always leave until the last minute) and of course the rush to sort out the teacher’s gifts which I like to do myself. Why would I want to put myself under that extra strain, you might ask? Well, because I was a teacher once upon a time and I always felt extra special when I received a gift that was home-made. It’s more personal.
I did promise to share some more of my home-made ideas so here are the goodie baskets I did for the teachers.
As you may have read before, I recently acquired an allotment and planted some veggies – what I could, considering the lateness of my acquisition(check that out here: And Sow It Begins). You will be delighted (I am sure) to know that some of those veggies have managed to push themselves out through the soggy clay soil that is so prominent here in the South East of England.
First ones to come out and get pulled up were my radishes.
I was so proud of them! But then I wondered what I would actually do with them. I have never liked sliced radishes in salad. They suddenly seemed so boring. Then I thought that they would probably just sit in my fridge until I threw them out but I couldn’t possibly allow that! So I looked up various radish recipes and discovered there are actually a variety of things you can do with radishes but the one that appealed to me the most was to slice and pickle them because then you can do so much more with them afterwards. The recipe I decided on had garlic too but I didn’t have any garlic at that time so thought I would leave the radishes and turned my attention to my other blossoming veg(?) – well I don’t actually know what to class chillies as but I had a little plant filled with gorgeous looking red ones. No, I do not know the names of chillies. I don’t even like chillies. But I love my husband and he loves chillies so…well you see where this is heading.
And so it has happened. I have plunged headfirst into the crapper. No, not really. But in a way I have. I am doing research. Necessary, secretive stuff, this research. Don’t ask. I won’t answer. But you will probably have noticed the addition of a new category: From Bonnets to Bluebells – A journey into Victorian History. Here you will find some interesting (and maybe not so interesting) bits about Victorian England. I hope you enjoy this journey with me.
As someone who has never actually gone on any writing courses, I must say I sometimes find it hard to write a novel. I have many, many ideas and more often than not start writing something then get stuck or lose my way or whatever else that happens and wind up leaving it.
The first novel I wrote, the one I self-published for me, was written so haphazardly that I don’t think I will ever be able to write another novel the same way. I wrote as ideas came to me which mean I had lots and lots of bits and pieces by the end that I then had to string together to create a uniformed whole (or at least something resembling a singular novel). It was tiresome to say the least and probably accounts for any loopholes or unexpected changes of character that one would have encountered when reading. I have already decided I am not going to go back and rewrite it. Maybe in ten years time, or when the fancy takes me. Indeed being as accurate as possible in plot, character and timeline was not my foremost reason for writing the book. Finishing was, in fact, the reason for starting in the first place – if that makes any sense.
Kindles…do we really need them? For a long time I didn’t want one because I always thought that having my hands round a chunky book, burying my face into pine-scented pages and watching the words jump off the page and form people, places and things was more exciting than sitting down with a tablet in one hand and clicking a button on the side with the other hand to turn the page. Well, that is what I thought – until I got a kindle. No, it isn’t the latest one but it’s perfectly good at displaying a multitude of fantastical writings on a ‘page’ AND I still am able to conjure images from the printed text. I would like to say I had to get a Kindle as a result of the changing face of the literary world. But I didn’t because libraries do still exist in their current form. I wanted to get one because over time I have come to realise how exceptionally convenient the are to have.