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Reading surprises

Sometimes, reviewing your old reading habits can surprise you. Sometimes you’ve forgotten about books you used to love, or sometimes you come across a book again and you can’t believe that you used to love it.

Or then, sometimes, just your actual reading statistics can surprise you.

In the beginning of the year, I was looking at my “year in books” on Goodreads. It was pretty normal stuff… number of books read: close on 60… I knew I hadn’t entered every single book I read during the year (especially not those I reread for the fifth time), but it’s a fairly accurate statistic. I take my Goodreads very seriously.

Then I clicked on “number of pages read” and things changed… (more…)

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New origami tutorials

The new origami tutorial is up! Yes, after months of silence, TutOrigami is back in business!

 

The first post is my own tutorial, How to Fold an Origami Envelope. Just click on the picture below to go directly to the tutorial.

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My Handwriting is Crabby

I have pretty terrible handwriting. I always used to get in trouble in first grade over my inability to write exactly on the line. Guess what, I still don’t write on the line. I write between the lines (and read, hehe. Sorry. *cough*) but my letters don’t exactly touch the line. And I hold a pen wrong apparently, but that is neither here nor there. In fact, sometimes it looks as if a crab, or a spider, got in some ink and walked all over my page. Random thought: a crab would probably be better at this than a spider, seeing that they walk sideways already…

*drumroll please*

 

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If you still don’t believe me, here is a shot of my recent class notes:

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My habit of sometimes writing three lines inside one printed line is not helping matters either…

 

Hope you enjoyed those drawings without even a single stick figure! The other thing is…

You may have noticed something a little different round here. I hope none of you thought that you ended up on the wrong blog! Yes, I changed my theme and did a complete redesign, using my own header and background this time. My old theme has bothered me for a long time. I like the playfulness and the fun of it, especially in the details, but I long felt that it was too “busy” for my content. My content is already so bright and varied that the large, bright header and background felt too much. I needed something cleaner, because I want people to come to my blog for the content and not have that overshadowed by my theme. I also did not like that my old theme did not display my images very large. I draw them much larger than you ever saw on the blog before, and I want to utilise that. This theme has a huge display, yay! Open-mouthed smile

I also added some follow buttons over there in the sidebar –> (I think you may have to scroll upwards at this point). Yes, I made them too. I have Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Bloglovin’, RSS feed and, of course, a Tumblr in there. Feel free to follow me there! I don’t use my Tumblr much – usually only to “like” or reblog and follow other Tumblrs. But sometimes I post quotes that I decorate on there that I do not post here.

 

See you again soon!

Oh, PS. New origami tutorial is (finally) up!

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Go check it out! (Click on the picture.)

 

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The Umbrella Chronicles and Valentine’s Origami

Okay, that title came out a bit awkward. But it does still say exactly what this post is about, albeit with a strange combination. So, new cartoon and new origami tutorials today!

First things first:

I wrote up two tutorials on Valentine’s Origami. Just click on the pictures to be taken to the tutorials! =]

 

And then…

The Umbrella Chronicles

 

It happened this week. Well, actually it happens so often that they can start using me as a form of weather prediction. It will rain on the day that Elana leaves her umbrella at home! Yes, I got caught outside without my umbrella, and obviously I was very far from a building. By the time that I had run into one, I was more or less soaked. But the thing is, you see, I almost always have my umbrella on me when I go out for the day. Winter and summer. When it doesn’t rain, I use it to walk under if I go in the sun, because I’m trying to avoid getting tanned. But then sometimes… it looks like rain the entire week, but it does not rain… until this happens:

 

 

 

Yeah…

 

I hope everyone has a great week and that you won’t be caught without your weather-protective gear! 🙂


A Simple Origami Box

Hey all!

 

I just quickly wanted to share with you that I wrote up a new origami tutorial earlier today. You can go view it over at my origami blog: How to Fold a Simple Origami Box. Just click on the picture to be taken straight to it!

Go learn how to fold one and then use it as a gift box for your special someone on Valentine’s Day! Go on! You know you want to… 😉

 

Also in that post, I show off my own smallest origami crane, after being challenged by a commenter in relation to my previous tutorial. It’s small enough to sit on my fingertip!

 

Oh, by the way, before I sign off, I received one of the funniest spam comments that I’ve seen to date recently. Some of these things are funny simply because of the odd language they sometimes use, but this one was funny because of the irony. Placed only to promote its link:

I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

The post that this was left on? The Idiocy of the English Language, which you have all probably read by now, you know, Freshly Pressed and all that. I found it hilarious because of the unintentional irony – that post basically consists of pictures! I’m counting 8 pictures and about 3 paragraphs’ worth of text. 😆

Someone should really teach these bots to place their spam in places where it will be less ironic… Now, if this comment had appeared on my last post about writing and music, I might even have taken it seriously…

 

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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:

tutorigami.wordpress.com

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 750words.com. 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. 😉

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 will intersperse 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 is my blog.

Anyway… 😆

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

I hope you all had a great weekend!