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Announcements, announcements and announcements.

Wow, that is a lot of announcements! If you are here only for the cartoons, feel free to ignore this post – this is just general blog-housekeeping.

Guess what?!? You know that I said I wanted to get an origami tutorials site up and running? It is finally live! I don’t know why these things always seem to take way longer than they should, but it is finally up and running!

Visit it at:

Again, I am really sorry that I could not organize it so that I could post the tutorials on this blog. 😦 But I promise to post full updates about the origami here, so that you need only click through to find the new tutorial. Then you don’t have to follow two blogs if you are not that interested.

Anyway… the first tutorial is… Yes, you guessed it!

The Origami Peace Crane!

Click on the image to be taken right to the tutorial!

In other news… those of you who have been around for a while will know me always singing the praises of daily freewriting over at Well, I am pleased to announce that I have finally achieved a year-long writing streak on Friday with this site. It means that I have written over 750 words every day, for 365 days in a row. During this time, I have written about 320,000 words (this includes my NaNoWriMo novel), which in print would be a novel of over a thousand pages, and I have gone from struggling with it for over half an hour to being able to easily write my words in 15 minutes. I consider this to be a big achievement.

Seriously, if you want to come into the habit of writing regularly, want to freewrite, or if you just want to improve your typing, I can really recommend this site. I only originally challenged myself to write 10 days in a row… and that turned into a year-long thing. Of course, I am not stopping now. Now I am shooting for 500 days of writing. πŸ˜‰

The last thing for tonight is… I want to expand my blogging topics. Mostly this is because I would like to post more regularly, but I cannot manage more than one cartoon every 7-10 days. After all, this blog is called Cartoons and Creative Writing, so I would like to start writing more about writing. Call it metawriting if you like. I would like to not only post finished short stories, but also write about the process of writing them. I willΒ intersperseΒ these posts with the regular cartoons and see if I can manage to post twice a week. I would have included a comment about how it is a free world and my darn blog, but it is not true. The bit about the free world, not about my blog. It isΒ my blog.

Anyway… πŸ˜†

I’ll be back soon with a cartoon-post!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

14 responses

  1. Sleeick Inc.

    Hey Elana…imagination is more important than knowledge and trust me missy, u v a deep sea of imagination. Concerning creative writing…looking 4ward to seeing ur sturv. checkout mine @

    January 23, 2012 at 02:38

    • Well, thanks! πŸ˜€

      January 26, 2012 at 01:19

  2. Mal

    Wow, Elana, you certainly do a lot of writing…well done, that’s a great feat! I look forward to reading your blog posts and admiring your beautiful drawings.. πŸ™‚

    It’s very gracious of you to give valuable info to bloggers. I wonder if you could enlighten me on this important issue: “If you ever decided to publish your stories in book form, do you know whether having written the stories on your blog counts as β€œbeing published?” Many editors say that they want only stories that have not been published”. Any idea?

    January 23, 2012 at 08:57

    • Thank you!
      Valuable information? I don’t really think so. I just like to talk about how I write and complain about how boring it is to edit my novel. I can’t see how anyone is going to write the next best-seller on the little bit I know. πŸ˜›
      Actually, I’m not sure, but I do know that most editors do not want stories that have been widely spread anywhere before. Probably because they are selfish hoarders. πŸ˜‰ And the internet counts there, so I guess it is “yes” to your question…?

      January 26, 2012 at 01:42

  3. Nadia

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! I think I’m going to join that site – or the very least start writing every morning as the site suggests and save whatever I write on my computer. It’s a really good idea and I think I’ll learn a lot by doing it. Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

    PS. Learning to make an origami peace crane has been on my to-do list for about a year now; I believe now is the time! Yay for you!

    January 23, 2012 at 16:03

    • Yes! Do it! πŸ˜‰ It really is wonderful!
      That. Is. Awesome to hear. I hope you manage it! πŸ˜€

      January 26, 2012 at 01:44

  4. Samir

    Very impressive to fill your quota of writing everyday… well-done!

    Looking forward to your insights πŸ˜‰

    January 24, 2012 at 08:39

    • Well, it’s a lot easier to manage it with this site than to take a notebook and tell yourself that you are going to write in it every day! πŸ˜‰

      January 25, 2012 at 00:02

  5. Love the origami site! i like origami too but can only make a few things – like the crane πŸ˜‰
    Also thanks for recommending i certainly need a push with my writing:p
    i enjoy your blog lots & have nominated your for the Versatile Blogger Award. See for details.

    January 26, 2012 at 17:24

    • Well, it’s my pleasure!
      Eep. Another one. Thanks! πŸ˜€

      January 26, 2012 at 20:17

  6. Funny…I wonder who came up with origami. Their mind works much different than mine (I can’t even follow instructions…they just make me want to cry). And Yoongz up above beat me to the punch. I liked your blog and gave you the versatile blogger on my site too (just to brag you up). Oh well. Don’t you feel loved?

    January 26, 2012 at 23:24

    • It was the ancient Japanese – origami has been around for far more than a millennium. But it has only been well-known in the West for about the last 500 years. Have you tried my tutorials yet? Just kidding, I know there are some people who simply cannot do it – my mother is one of them. πŸ˜‰
      Oh dear. Now I probably can’t ignore it anymore, can I? πŸ˜› Last time I got it, I failed miserably and only succeeded in nominating two other blogs. Now I’ll probably have to try harder! Thanks! πŸ˜€

      January 27, 2012 at 00:10

      • Yes, I feel your pain. 15 blogs is A LOT to come up with. I put a comment into the Versatileblogger site to lower it to 5…but I doubt they’ll listen to me. And I knew origami was Japanese…but which Japanese guy first thought of bending paper in so many crazy ways? Maybe there really was a guy back in ancient times name Ori Gami? Hmmm.

        January 27, 2012 at 20:57

      • Yes, it is. But maybe they think those lucky enough to be awarded will actually read that many blogs? I do read a lot of blogs, but most of them are so famous and popular, I’d feel like an impertinent interloper if I try to award them! πŸ˜›
        Nobody actually seems to know that fine detail of the history of origami. But it makes sense that it started after they found out how to make paper. Apparently, origami was at first functional rather than decorative – the folding of wrappers for your chopsticks and so on. Well, it’s the same with paperfolding in the West today, isn’t it? Far more people know how to fold a napkin in a fancy shape, or how to make a functional airplane toy, rather than decorative origami.
        Hehe, I rather doubt anyone’s name was “to fold paper”. Because that is what the word directly means. “ori” = to fold. “kami” = paper. It’s the modern, Westernised word anyway. πŸ˜‰

        January 27, 2012 at 23:29

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