Old things and new things


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For all the wonderful people who have followed my blog and read my posts over the last three years, I would like to thank you and give you all a very big virtual hug.

It is because of this blog that I have found the confidence to pursue my writing, poetry and art. But now I find myself at a time in life where I can no longer keep up with it all and have not been able to blog properly for quite a while. I have decided to put my blog on hiatus. This blog will always remain and I may even come back to it at some point. As for my other blog, 1000 words, I will slowly transfer the short stories to my Wattpad account (which can be found here). Some may already know that I have two poetry collections on there and will be removing the poetry from the 1000 words blog as well. My ongoing story, Esstiiet Oriandus is also posted to my 1000 words blog as well as on Wattpad, but I will be removing it from the blog. As of today, the story will only be available on Wattpad.  Once I have transferred all writings from that blog, I will delete it, leaving me only this blog (still on hiatus).  

Even fewer will know that I was also a contributor to another poetry blog called Poet’s corner. I have given that up now too but I think my poems may still be available. I will be keeping the Tumblr account but it will only be used to share Instagram posts to it (which is all I have ever used it for, to be honest). 

At the beginning of the year, I started using a Deviant art account I have had for some time but have found my reach to be very limited. I will keep the page open so I can browse the art when I have some time but will not post anything further onto it.

My writing platforms now will be:

  • Instagram, my account is kpayze, where I post most of my poetry, art and a few other bits.
  • My newly created Facebook author page, Karen Payze Author, which will have the same, as well as posts and promo’s of some other authors on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Wattpad, my account is Karen Payze, which will house my writings.

I would really love it if you followed me on my new author page, which you can do if you click here .

Thanks once again to you all, see you soon on WattpadInstagram and Facebook!


PS. I will be reblogging this to my 1000 words blog, apologies in advance to those who will be seeing double!

Still writing


It has been a while since I’ve posted anything on either of my blogs. Life catches you in it’s whirlpool sometimes and it can be hard to break free from what needs to be done in order to do what you want to do. I am still writing. I have recently updated my WIP, Esstiiet Oriandus on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/44634080-esstiiet-oriandus

So if you have not yet had a chance to read it, please follow the link and give it a go. As always, votes and comments are greatly appreciated.

I will be uploading this to my 1000 words blog in the next few days.

and I do regularly post things, mostly poems, on my instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/kpayze/

Below is one of the more recent ones:

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If I wrote you a line
To set free your soul
Know the song in your heart
Is a whisper of mine

Red thoughts
Of ripped rages
Dripping ink
On saturated pages

Soft the sound
Of gentle ways
Seeping through
Love struck maze

On and on
The quill does scrawl
Through the gaps
Of crumbling wall

So I’ll write you a line
And set you free
To roam wild words
That once were mine.

 

KP
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If you liked that, do give me a follow and check out the rest of my poetry on there as well as the two poetry compilations on my Wattpad.


I have also been sketching and painting. Below are some of my latest sketches.

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And this is my work in progress landscape painting. It is taking me forever as I am learning new techniques as I go along, via YouTube, on how to paint trees, bushes, rocks, banks, bodies of water. It’s been quite the learning curve, lots of redo’s, lots of used paint, but worth it in the end, I think. This is just a part of the whole🙂

 

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Hopefully my life will calm down enough for me get through my story in the next few months and complete a lot more challenges on instagram.

For now, here is a photo I took of my lovely spring daffodils, finally in full bloom, as the weather slowly, but surely, begins to thaw.

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I will be reblogging this to my 1000 words blog so for those who follow both blogs, no you’re not seeing double😀

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Return to calm


For the last few weeks I have found my life has become rather frenetic, from having family visiting from overseas where I haven’t really had any time to myself Since the end of July (and this is an ongoing thing) to doing a lot of writing, with my story and now the poetry, and of course being very active on Social media, including Twitter, Instagram and my personal Facebook page. In between all this I actually have a really real life with a family and friends I need to take care of….oh yes and a home with homey stuff to do. I think something in me finally decided it  had enough and I spent most of last week in a teary-eyed, depressed slump. Okay, I still managed some poetry but the rest of me refused to do anything.

So I switched off.

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Esstiiet Oriandus Part 4


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Here it is!  Part 4 of my Short Story, Esstiiet Oriandus, on Wattpad. Click here to read it!

 

I would love it if you read it and, if you like it, give a vote and a comment.

 

Thanks!

 

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Life, death and everything in between


 

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I love autumn. It is my favourite time of year, with the myriad of colours, fresh breeze and crunching of leaves underfoot. It is a time of change. And a lot of things always seem to change at this time of year, not just in nature but in life as well. With people entering and exiting my life,the end of what has been a very busy holiday period, a new start to a school year for my daughter, and new adventures for myself.

 

I have decided to publish some of my poetry, in between writing my story (which has been a bit delayed here and there with the visitors, as some may well know). I really want to publish some of the poems from my blog and have started looking into it. Unfortunately traditional publishers want poetry that has never been published before, which rules them out. My other options are to self publish onto Amazon or Smashwords. Or to go the Wattpad route, as I am doing with my story, to get my name out there a bit.  I am still a bit undecided which route to choose.  In the meantime, I am writing new poems. I am up to eleven now, which probably sounds pathetic to someone who considers themselves a true poet but I only write poetry when it comes to me, I cannot force it out. So I have to be patient. I want the poems to be good. If I force them I know they won’t be.  Because I want to be able to send them off for publishing, eventually, I will no longer be posting my poetry onto the blogs.

 

As part of the changes in my writing, I feel I need to be more organised. No more spending hours on twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I will be starting a strict schedule of work, from Tuesday (that’s when the last of my visitors are off and I finally have my home back to me!) and will be limiting my time spent on social media. I hate those days when it’s over and I wonder what I actually did that day! I will still be sharing mine and others’ works on the #SundayBlogShare and #TuesdayShares on twitter and will do photo’s and quotes from mine and others’ stories on Instagram, within reason.

 

I am also in desperate need of change as far as fitness is concerned so will be starting a strict fitness routine that will fit into my schedule. Fitness is a real sticking point for me. I start things and never follow them through. I am hoping that by disciplining myself in my writing, I will become more disciplined in other aspects of my life.

 

I will, of course, make blog posts when I am able. I will continue to upload my short story to 1000 words so look out for it!

 

Finally, as the autumn leaves fall away, I hope some of the burdens in my heart, in my life, will as well and that this change of season will reflect a change and a settling of the spirit within me too.  There is always hope after a storm. Wish me luck!

 

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More practicing of the dragon


I have been drawing again. I officially have started on my dragon now. If you don’t remember when I started the drawing, you can check out this blog post: Practice limbs and head – Dragon

So this is the body so far:

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And I have realised one of the spurs is in the wrong place. I#m also not happy with the front right leg. I think I will change that to a leg that stretches forward, in keeping with the right back. And the right back has a bad knee. I’ll fix that😀

Here is my latest practice head:

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I am very happy with this head and will use it for my dragon. It’s massive though, so I will have to so a bit of scaling!

And one of the wings:

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Copyright © 030915 by Karen Payze

Now I like this wing. The only adjustment will be to the half closed part where the veins need to be tighter, more overlapping to reflect a slightly closed wing. And at this angle the wing will almost lie against the flanks of my dragon and I haven’t decided if I want this or want them raised above the back but I think this way might be more fitting with the stance of the dragon.

Then it is just the background to tackle…and that could take a while, but at least I wont need to do any practicing (I hope!)

What do you think?

Let me know in the comments below!

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A restored soul and a new part to Esstiiet Oriandus


Between being away on holiday and having relatives visiting from overseas, the last few weeks have been rather busy. On the plus side, I was able to reignite my creativity with views like this:

 

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Wandering around streets like this:

 

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Hiking through nature like this:

 

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And witnessing sunsets like this:

 

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My soul was quite restored, and prepared for the busy weeks to come! So, although it has taken some time, I finally finished editing of part three of Esstiiet Oriandus and have uploaded it to Wattpad.  You can read it here: Esstiiet Oriandus – Part 3

 

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I will, of course, upload part 3 to 1000 words in the next few days as well.

 

Please give it a read. If you like it, leave a vote and a comment. Thanks!

 

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Esstiiet Oriandus – Introduction


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The collision of dimensions triggered The Last Great War, a war between Humans and Supernaturals.

In the end, the world was all but destroyed. There was no winner, only losers. Many, many millions of losers, both human and supernatural. For those who remained, they had to learn to live together.

From the ashes of the old world, arose a new, changed one. And from those same ashes rose also, the six guardians of the realms.

It is said the originals were summoned by the Gaia itself, to restore order and balance to the land and were manifestations of the six elements of earth, air, fire, water, wood and metal. They were human-like in form, superhuman in ability. These guardians lived amongst the people, protecting them and the earth. Once their life energies were at an end, the energy would turn to a new host – humans.

As with all stories of a time long past, the guardians fell into fireside stories and folklore. Anything good that occurred in the lands and to the people was thus attributed to the guardians. And, indeed, blame would be laid at the foot of the appropriate guardian for anything that went wrong. For that is how true legends are made.

This is the story of the Esstiiet Oriandus, Earth Guardian.

 

The first part of my story is available on Wattpad: Esstiiet Oriandus – Part 1

 

And is now also available on my blog, 1000 word essays: Esstiiet Oriandus – Part 1

 

If you enjoyed the story, I would be delighted if you left a vote and a comment on the page.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Please note: None of the  writings, names, places, characters, etc, provided in my story, Esstiiet Oriandus, may be used, reproduced or transmitted, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, except with the explicit permission in writing from myself, the author, Karen Payze.

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Short Story on Wattpad


 

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I will be uploading my short story, in sections, onto Wattpad and onto my blog, 1000 words in the next few days.  Check out my profile  on Wattpad http://w.tt/1JTu2fe and give me a follow there. You can also follow my blog, 1000 words to get all the story updates.  Thanks!

Practice limbs and head – Dragon


I want to sketch a dragon, one that is earthy and solid. I have an idea in my head, I can picture the scene. I just need to practice a lot before I do it. So I’ve practiced doing a few limbs. I find feet (just like the human ones) very hard to get right. I like the last one best but instead of a flat foot I will lift it off the ground. I also like the crouching one but am undecided if I will use it. The front leg one has a problem foot as well so I will make some adjustments.

 

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I also practiced a few heads. The first two turned out rather shocking, as I described them to a friend,

“The first one looks kind of like a goat on steroids and the second like a deranged bird with a bad bite”.

So I will only post the third, which I rather like but I think looks more dinosaur than dragon and my daughter thinks it needs to look far meaner to be a dragon. So I am going to do another practice head, when I have the chance, with a more lizard-like appearance and see how that goes. Once the project is complete, I will post it onto here. In the meantime, here is my dinosaur-dragon head🙂

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