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What the holiday season means to me

I just remembered that I still had a blog…

 

Me in the holiday season

 

I’m not much good at excitement anyway, and there is nothing about the “Christmas spirit” that makes me really excited. Too old, I guess… Ha! 😉 The actual reason is that my family doesn’t go in for Christmas that much. The younger generation obviously yes, but the rest of us just tend to get on with it. Our Christmas generally consists of avoiding the shops, getting annoyed at all the Christmas commercials and complaining about consumerism and materialism… and going to church on Christmas Day. Which already makes us odd. I don’t know many people who attends the service that day. Most stay in. It kind of makes me sad.

I never believed in Santa Claus either. Or in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. (I always type “Eater Bunny” and then I giggle!) Oh, my parents participated in these make-believe games, but I knew it was them. For instance, my mother is fond of recalling the story of when I lost my first tooth (I was in 2nd grade! Freak of the school!) and she sneaked in to put the money in my slipper, I told her that she must walk more quietly next time because I heard her.

However, even if I never believed, my cousins did. They believed in Santa Claus until they were quite big actually. This left me with a problem during holidays with the family, because I would forever be having slips of the tongue.

Awkward moment...

 

A further part of my awkward Christmases around family was the presents. In the last years I have always known what I was going to get. And it was normally only one present. Heck, of course I know what I am getting this year – a book that I picked myself in the bookshop, which my mother then paid for and immediately confiscated. That was months ago. The same went for last year’s Christmas with the family. The awkward part, however, is to feign surprise when I open the present around the little cousins, because they’re not supposed to know that I knew beforehand. And everyone who knows me knows that I am such a good actress. I can get stage fright on a balcony and there doesn’t even have to be an audience.

I probably ruined my little cousins’ childhoods…

 

Anyway, enough about my boring and awkward Christmases. What about you? How do you feel about Christmas and Santa Claus? Are you excited for it? Tell me in the comments! 😀

 

To end off this pointless post… at least my presents are all done and wrapped. And now I have to show off! 😉 My advantage is that I have very few friends. *cue evil laugh* And I made our origami Christmas decorations. We have a paper tree, paper baubles and other miscellaneous things lying about.

Origami Christmas tree

Our Origami Christmas Tree

Prezzies

Yes, I did just use a collage to make my friends’ prezzies look more than they actually are. Ah Pinterest… where would I have been this Christmas without you? Just about  everything on, in and with those prezzies I found through Pinterest one way or another. The tags, the origami boxes, the contents…

Oh, and that is indeed Bill, my origami pigeon photobombing that last picture. Typical. Remember him?

And another thing, speaking of origami, I am working on the new site and hope to launch along with the new year. I’m excited!

 

Well, well, that is all for now in this miserably exciting season. I hope you all have a good build-up to Christmas!

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Mostly about mosquitoes and stuff I have to say

Hey… I’m sneaking back in… I have been in such a slump. (I actually started this post two days ago.) Embarrassed smile

 

It is much harder to get back into my old blogging after conveniently ignoring it for so long than I thought it would be. I had so many ideas for new cartoons during my blogging sabbatical and I even made myself get up in the middle of the night a few times to write them down lest I forgot by morning, but to actually get back into drawing a series is a lot harder…

 

Status update: Still alive. Still on a NaNoWriMo-high. Very lazy yet again.
Eating: My bottom lip.
Drinking: Eek! What?
Listening: “Murder on the Orient Express”-soundtrack. Very suitable for literary endeavours.
Reading: Cannot wait to start on “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett.

 

Let’s get the boring things out of the way first, shall we?

 

Firstly, the poll I posted (was it two weeks ago?) on whether I should start up my origami site separately from this one here, or whether I should keep it together.

The people have spoken and the votes have been tallied and the majority seems to be in favour of me keeping things together. But… since posting that poll, I have found out a few worrying things. Firstly, that the feature that I had in mind to use to keep things organized and separate on one blog is only available in Blogger. Which is somewhere that I have no intent of moving to. The other thing is space. I prefer teaching origami with photos rather than diagrams, which is something that obviously takes up a lot of space. My cartoons also take up a lot of space, and with free WordPress, I obviously have only so much space. Unless I buy an upgrade. Which I cannot afford.

So, a different media library looks like my only solution there. And to keep organized, a different blog, in that case.

 

Thus… I have decided. It seems as though the majority of readers would like to see the origami tutorials on here. Well, with a compromise I can make sure that the summary of each tutorial appears on here. Something like… today’s tutorial is to make This model. This is what the finished model looks like, this is the difficulty rating and this is what you will need to make it. Now, click this link to be taken to the tutorial [and you will be whisked off to the other address]. So, it will appear as regular, albeit short, posts here. Call it a teaser, or an advertisement, if you like. I will also make a separate gallery page on here, that will contain all the links to the different address, for easy access.

We’ll try this compromise, right?

 

The other thing was… oh yes! I am trying to work on a Christmas prezzie for all of you, the readers of my blog. That means a free, downloadable and printable item, and it’s quite a big project. I’m really excited about it and by announcing it now, I am probably forcing myself to have it done by Christmas, else I will look really lame.

As to what it is… well, you well just have to wait and see. Nosy. Smile with tongue out

Oh, and remember to check back roundabout Christmas-time!

 

Star The boring stuff is over! On to the drawings! Star

 

I drew the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter. Mostly just because I can:

The Sorting Hat

 

And… It’s mosquito season here at the moment. I really hate, hate mosquitoes. HATE them. Mostly, this is why:

Mozzie1Mozzie2

 

And that is not the only reason…

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I swear, a mosquito will fly right through a company of people, ignoring everyone else and then aim straight for me. *sigh*. Itch, itch.

 

 

Right, now I think that is everything. I will be off, but this time I will not say when I will be back. That might save embarrassment for all of us. But it will be in a few days’ time.

 

Happy holidays! (To those of you that have them!)

 

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NaNoWriMo: week 3 is the hardest

Hi. I do NaNoWriMo. I’m behind again on my word count. I’m losing momentum, and I got Week Three blues rather badly. Writer’s block is when your invisible friends won’t talk to you, right? Yes, that is what is happening right now. But now we’re into Week Four, going down the homestretch and the end is in sight. Am I supposed to be more cheerful now? I’ll try. I experienced the same thing last time. Weeks 1 and 3 are the worse. In 1, because you are wondering “why am I doing this?” and “what am I actually going to do if I’m doing this for reals?” And in 3, simply because you are starting to run out of steam and the end seems too far.

The other thing is, I would like you, my dear reader, to vote in my poll, down below. Please scroll down – it’ll only take a minute and hardly any of your brain power! Smile

I’ll really appreciate it! Thank you! Red heart

The weather right now is not helping at all. It’s supposed to be baking – it’s November, it’s summer, but instead I froze under a blanket all day. Two days ago, you could not breathe for humidity, but then last night the heavens opened and the little stream not 200m from our house completely burst its banks and took everything that it could reach (no people at least, apparently) along with it, including rather large boulders. Likely it wants them to bash people over the head with. Anyway, I hate weather like this, because it just wants to make me sulk in bed all day, but I still have more than 13,000 words to go for that novel, I have a 1000-word assignment to do for Friday (it looks like a lot right now, that I don’t have a clue what I’m talking about isn’t helping) and I write my last exam for the year also on Friday morning. Then I’m done with Second Year! I just have to pass French… somehow… Smile with tongue out

Righto! I can do this, can’t I? Most things are salvageable in NaNoWriMo. My motto for last time (which went much worse than this time round) was:

NaNo motto

It is still relevant. I’m far too stubborn and proud to lose. Because then I would have to admit failure.

Okie-dokie, seeing that I have already run out of both things to say and time, how does an excerpt sound?

After the important passengers had disembarked, this man also starting moving towards the gangplank. Abrielle fell in behind him, deciding to follow him a little way to perhaps learn a little more of his story. They stood at the top of the gangplank, waiting for some of the sweating sailors to finish manhandling a heavy sea chest down the gangplank. Then the man walked down the gangplank, cradling his bundle, Abrielle walking in his steps. Once on the quay, the man turned around and around on the spot, apparently looking for someone.

He scanned the heads of the crowd and stretched his neck, trying to see farther. But still he did not find who or what he was looking for. He turned around again, but still nothing. Within moments, he was surrounded by the merchants chanting about their wares. He shook his head at all of them, but as some of them gave up and left, more came up and took their place. Quite a lot of them walked right through Abrielle, apparently not even feeling it in the press of the other crowds.

The sun was westering, and in the golden evening light, most of the merchants gave up on the strange man and left him alone. He still stood on the quay. The sun etched his profile in dark lines. He simply stood looking at the people. Then, with a visible sigh and sagging of the shoulders, he gave up with his fruitless scanning of the crowds. He set off towards the distant houses, beyond the stalls, walking slowly, dejectedly. Abrielle watched him go, not following him any more.

Then she started wondering about this man’s story. Who had he been waiting for? Why had that person never come? What could have happened? Had there simply been a misunderstanding, with months on the sea separating them and leading to a confusion of dates and times? Or had something more serious happened? Death? Illness? Rejection?

Around her, parrots screeched and merchants were still shouting about their wares. There was even a man who was blowing on a flute to a snake that was swaying on the lower part of its body, but it all became background buzz to Abrielle. Suddenly, all she could think of was the unfinished story of this man. This man who had come home after a long journey on the sea, clutching a precious bundle all wrapped up in cloth, but the person who had promised to be here when he landed did not appear. She wondered whether his story would still have a happy ending, or whether only sad news awaited him. But now she would never know.

© All rights reserved. ElanaE. 2011.

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A Poll

So, this is something that has been on my mind for a while… I have actually contemplated this before starting up this blog. I want to make origami tutorials. Yes, right, I write how-to articles on in over on wikiHow, but not every tool that I want to use to do this is allowed / possible to code over there. And some of the stuff I am not sure about the copyright. I have asked there before, but no-one could give me a definite answer and I don’t want to break laws on a site with strong copyright rules and a reputation like wikiHow.

So. The Point.

In this upcoming holiday, I’m continuing to live the dream (first NaNoWriMo and now origami) and I am going to start with origami tutorials. But I want to know from you should I create a new blog and do it there, or should I just make a separate page and category for them over here?
Naturally, wherever I end up doing it, I will link to the new tutorials in my regular posts and cartoons (soon, I promise) over here.

Will the extra, off-topic stuff make this blog too chaotic? Will a new blog leave my poor tutorials lost in cyberspace?

What do YOU think?

Vote here! It’s easy: just click Start a separate blog, or Keep it all together.
(And if you don’t vote, then I’m just gonna do what I want, and you’re not allowed to complain later. Right? This is democracy.)



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I made this. It’s generally applicable to girls, I guess. I don’t much know what goes on in guys’ heads when they watch these kind of ads.

Shaving

Now I’ll be off. Enough procrastinating for one day! (Yeah, right. Famous last words!)

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Both images come from Chibird @ Tumblr. Check it out – her stuff is awesome!

I’m hovering between stages 4 and 5, right now, by the way.


Don’t tell her!

Hi guys, it’s Bill here…

Don’t go splittin on me now, will ya? Don tell Elana but I stole her password so that I can come post tis pic for ya.

I learned a lot of stuff last week, you know. I also learned to activate te webcam when she dont think it’s watchin her. And I sit right next t her keyboard, so she only have to enter her password a few times before i know wat it is.

 

So… here is Elana looking how she would never dream of showin to ye. I told ye Im gonna embarrass her.!

I know ye all will look forward to when I come back. I’ve still got more gossip to share wif ye!

~ Bill.

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Bill. You little bast— blighter. You little back-stabbing, double-crossing — yeah. This is a family-friendly environment, so… I’d better stop right here. At least that pic was when I had make-up on… Oh wait, I should probably not have said that…

Oh, and William my dear? Couldn’t you at least have tried not to make spelling mistakes? You sit next to me everyday, jeez dude! Have you still not learned proper spelling?! By the way, I’m changing my password and moving my seat.

 

Anyway, readers, you lot had just better keep your mouths shut today, because now I’m asking you not to tell Bill that he actually saved me because I don’t have anything to say today. All I have to say is a few random things. So, coming up…

 

1.) You may have noticed I changed my tagline. How do you like it? I am rather chuffed with it, even if I have to say it myself. I like the alliteration, and the previous one was just me being too lazy to think up something catchy. All in all, it’s a win!

 

2.) I made a hat. No, I have no millinery training. I just jumped right in, as is my usual method for my crafts. I might write a how-to on how to make one of these. But it’ll have to wait until I have more time, or am in a particularly bad procrastinating mood.

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Right, I think that is more or less it for now. Oh yes, some shameless advertising: the new article I started on wikiHow: How to Avoid Distractions Online. Now, if only I could follow my own advice…

 

To finish off (rather than start, as normal – thanks Bill! Baring teeth smile):

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Status update: I forgot what I was going to say. It’s a pity, because all that I can remember of it is that it was witty.
Eating: Pizza! Yum!
Drinking: Tea.
Listening: “Ode to Our Fallen” – Kerry Muzzey
Reading: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. Another prescribed one. Yay.

 

Sig2


Aside

There’s someone I’d like you to meet…

Status update: I’ve been procrastinating all day. But what I’ve really been doing, I don’t even know. I did bake cupcakes today, however. And I still have to read 400 pages of a very confusing book before Monday. Great?
Eating: Still nothing! Sad smile Foooood?

Drinking: Tea.

Listening: “A Magnificent Journey” – Denny Schneidemesser (This man has a name you can strangle someone with. And it’s a nightmare to type. I just went and checked and I managed to spell it right first time, for once. Yee-hay!)
Reading: “Nostromo”. (I have to, okay?! It’s a prescribed work, and we’re writing test on it. Please don’t judge me!)

 

This is a rather strange post. It is somewhere between a teaser-post of things to come and a making-up-space-post. Ah well. Read it and decide for yourself whether I should rather just stop blogging right now, or if I am onto something here.

 

Now. I said there was someone I’d like you to meet. Here he is:

He is an origami pigeon. But he looks more like a chicken to me. The poor thing has a bit of an identity crisis. And yes, I did make him. That means I am his creator, and he should worship me. Mwhahaha!

Ahem. He lives on my desk. And he may play some part in my future blog posts, which is why I am introducing him to you now. I used to have a Pacman-type origami character which I also made. He was dubbed Vincent, but seeing that Vincent has now gone to the great big recycling bin in the sky, Bill has now become my companion.

 

Now, about the things to come. I am working on a blog post about… my failed driving license test. Just to tease you:

Me & Cartoon car front

I cannot promise next week, but I’ll try and get it done as soon as possible! So check back to see it!

 

Finally, Bill wants to say something. Over to you, buddy!

 

Hi guys. It is nice to meet y’all! My, my… you all look heaps interestin!

But nevermind that… I just wanna tell you guys that I’ll be writing ye sometin every now and then. Elana just don’t know it yet, but what I actually wanna do is tell you guys stuff about her that ye would never’ve guessed. Don’t tell her, but I’m gonna embarrass her!

Talk soon!

Bill

 

Did I tell you I made cupcakes today? Hmm, well yes, I did. Anyway, yummy! Here’s one for you as well: Birthday cake Oh no, wait, that’s a birthday cake. Well, just pretend it was a cupcake, okay? Rolling on the floor laughing

 

Rainbow ~ Elana