I did this landscape drawing on my graphics tablet. Yes, it’s dark. Yes, that is how I felt this morning. It’s not by any means amazing but I think it turned out okay :) I wrote a poem last night (something that was triggered by the story I am writing so not my own emotions – well maybe a tiny bit if I consider how I have been feeling over the last couple of months ) and thought it would go rather well with the drawing. You can check that out on my other blog, 1000 words or at Poet’s Corner. Oh, and you will notice the drawing as background to the poem is darker. The reason is that the white words weren’t showing as this original background was not dark enough :)
So, I should have been writing this morning but I think I may have overtaxed myself yesterday and so the moment I started, I screeched to a halt. As anyone who has read my past posts would know, I draw to relax. I usually draw if I’m stressed or tired or, as in this case, cannot get ink to paper. Once a drawing is completed, I can go back to being myself. So, that’s what I did. I think I’m starting to get better with portraits. I still find noses extremely difficult. I think I did this one about seven times! I have already posted these to both Twitter accounts and Instagram. You can head on over to Instagram, if you so desire, to give me a <3 my Instagram name is @kpayze . Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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So, I have been going through my old writings, those bits of scrap paper and half – filled books with random ramblings on them. If you’re a writer, you’ll know what I am referring to. I thought I would post some on my writing blog so I started with Packing Boxes, which I wrote about two or three years ago – only because that is actually a completed story (I’m so lazy :) ). I didn’t make any corrections or alterations. I just posted it. A fellow blogger friend’s comment made me realise that I probably should have checked the story before posting. Now, I’m really bad at editing and rewriting my own work but I am doing my best with the novel I’m currently writing.
Then I had an idea. I can post the original stories then do editing and a rewrite, if necessary, and post the altered stories. I’ll do it once a week – I don’t think I can handle any more editing and rewriting than that ;) I’ll start with Packing Boxes. I think it will be good to fix my lackadaisical attitude to editing. And hopefully, in the long run, will do me good when it comes to second and third drafts of my book (which are a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way off considering I’m only about a quarter of a way through writing the story!)
Looking at the pile of paper, I think what I find more daunting than edits and rewrites is actually trying to decipher what I have written. I do have more ramblings on the computer but couldn’t fit them into the photo ;)
Anyway, look out for these writings and edits on 1000 words and wish me luck. I think I am going to need it!
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This is a quick post to let everyone know I have posted a short story on my other blog (1000 words) called Into the tale which you can view by clicking the link.
Have you ever read a book where the characters jump out of the page and your world is transformed as you travel through each scene?
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So, it’s been almost eight months since the last time I really engaged in the world of blogging. I managed to not write a single blog post in those months. Sad, right. So, what have I been doing? Well…quite bit of procrastinating…a fair amount of getting myself together…making a few new discoveries (new for me anyway)…and, most importantly getting back to writing (as weird as that may sound). Now you will have to be prepared. As this is the first blog in ages, it’s going to be really, really, really, long!
I’ll start with the new discoveries bit – because that was what I was doing whilst simultaneously procrastinating instead of writing :) . The first discovery I made was that of Japanese anime (Yes you can laugh if you want) but there are so many fantastic shows and a lot of those shows have spawned from Japanese manga. Now I won’t lie to you, I cannot read a word of Japanese and have never read one of those manga before but if the shows are anything to go by the manga must be good too. (Well, that’s what I want to believe anyway.) Those stories, written by some talented authors and then brought to life by some amazing artists…well what else is there to say. Of course, not all anime comes from manga. Some are derived from games or otome games (which are story-based video games) or from graphic novels or visual novels and there are many anime series and movies that are simply, well, anime!
I thought it’s been so long since I posted anything that people are going to start wondering what happened to me. Truth is so much is happening right now that I simply don’t have the energy or enthusiasm to post anything of real significance right now. And I hate posting things just for the sake of posting.
This is how I have been feeling lately:
Nevermind. I’ll be back on top of things before you can say
And yes, I have got the love to see me through :) Happy monday everyone!
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A quick post to remind everyone that I have another blog now called 1000 words. I post short stories, poetry and the like.
My posts so far are as follows:
Sound interesting? then what are you waiting for? Head over to 1000 words and check them out!
Please note all my work (both writing and drawings) is copyrighted. If you wish to use it, send me an email or comment in the comments. thanks.
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I read a rather sad article today about a woman who died after attempting self surgery. She injected Vaseline into her breasts to enlarge them. As women we are under enormous pressure to look ‘right’. Pressure is loaded onto us every day from magazines and TV ads that portray these so-called perfect women. I read the comments under the article (as I always must!) and many of the comments referred to the pressure to feel wanted by men, with many men commenting that us women should stop feeling that pressure because they want natural women, etc etc.
Then I read one comment, which I think is the one I was actually hoping to find as it follows my point of view, which is that it is not really men who put pressure on us women. No, it isn’t. How many women will ask a man what he thinks of how she is dressed, how her hair is done, what her makeup looks like, etc, and then totally ignore whatever he said? Or get angry and then totally ignore whatever he said! The reason is because most men actually don’t have a clue when it comes to us and most of us know that (Okay, I am generalising a bit for the sake of MY argument. I know there are women who constantly seek the approval of men!).
So if most women don’t really seek a man’s approval, then why are we getting all flustered about external ‘beauty’? Because of other women. Women can be extraordinarily judgmental. They judge each others clothing: not the latest fashion, not branded, too revealing, too closed, too tight, too loose, too frumpy, too young or too old. They judge each other on hair: too thin, too wild, too short, too plain, wrong colour, unwashed, left to dry on its own (yes I actually overheard someone say that about a woman with wet hair who walked past her one morning). They judge each other on makeup: too much, not enough, skin too yellow or too orange, so fake, makes her look old.
And where a man would make a throw away comment like ‘She looks fat in that’ or ‘god, could that skirt get any shorter?’, they are generalised (still hurtful if the person heard)comments but a woman would analyse every bit of another woman she noticed. ‘Her legs are bumpy, gross’ or ‘shame, she is quite flat-chested, maybe her friend with the boobs falling out her top can help’ (yes, I have heard both those things being said).
What we women really need to be doing is standing up for each other instead of running each other down. Maybe if we stopped being so judgmental about each other, the magazines and TV ads would stop Photoshopping the hell out of their models (Here is a short video about magazine retouching (thanks to HLN TV)). And maybe we would actually start to grow in confidence and really become the fairer sex.
I know men do it to men too, with bigger muscles, more hair, larger other things. Maybe a man can do a post about that one ;)
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