I wrote this yesterday, so… the dates and things are a bit off.
Last night I came to the point where I had to admit to myself that I was not going to win NaNoWriMo this year. This thought had been nagging at me since the beginning of November and it hugely bothered me. I have a perfect streak of three years in a row and I didn’t want to lose that. A week into NaNoWriMo this year, I could see that this was going to be the hardest NaNo struggle I’ve ever had.
I’m home now. Back from holiday, perhaps a little more cynical (just like I always feel after a holiday) and hopefully a little more rested. I hope that I will be able to say that I am also now a little more psychologically stable. But let me start at the beginning. I’ve been very quiet for a while, so I feel that I owe this blog a proper update.
To break up this extremely text-heavy post, I will add some of my photos. Not all of them recent, but all of them mine. 🙂
Hi everyone. This is a new – I hesitate to say regular – feature. It will give me the opportunity to post updates about things that happened to me or to other people away from the cartoon updates. It can also serve as a platform for me to share an opinion about something that happened in the world, if such an opportunity arises. I’m doing this on weekends, separately from the normal cartoon updates, on purpose so that people who are more interested in the laughter can skip these personal posts and those who are maybe more interested in text posts – I don’t know if there are any of you – can read these at their leisure. So welcome to…
This time I’m just going to have a long string of updates, as the blog has been a bit abandoned of late and I thought I’d share some pictures of what happened. They’re all of books, don’t get too excited. Every one of these updates won’t be as personal as this, but let’s start off on a human note. (more…)
So after Wednesday’s long, rambling, text part of the post, there were still several things that I’d forgotten to say. In fact, these things were probably more important than my complaints about ineffective call centres, but they are still not very important. This is, therefore, just a general blog-housekeeping post. Let us hope that it is more effective than my real housekeeping. If you don’t believe me, have a look at the mess of homework that’s on my bed right now. (more…)
Here follows the final batch from the “Capturing December” challenge and then some reminiscence about the year 2012.
And… here is the follow-up to my first set of pictures of December! Enjoy!
Well, hello. Merry Chris─ No wait, that’s not yet. I’m still muddled over the days. In November I’m always acutely aware what the date is and how many days there are left to the end of the month, but in December… well, let’s just say you’re lucky if I know what day of the week it is, nevermind what the actual date is.
However! I may have an explanation why I’m so muddle-headed. A word of warning: I drew this last night while watching Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal in one corner of the screen and drawing in what was left over of the space. If it sounds weird, blame the movie.
Hey everyone! Just a quick update, because I don’t like leaving the blog hanging in the air.
A lot of stuff has been happening recently and today.
Today is my 21st birthday. I spent like a million hours texting today. That’s what I hate about birthdays: you have to reply “Thanks for the nice wishes” over and over and over again. It’s so annoying it could make a good cartoon, but I don’t have time to draw one. The good thing about all these birthday wishes is that friends you haven’t heard from in ages suddenly bob to the surface again. And that almost makes up for all the brainless texting.
^Doing yet again what my father refers to as “skulking”. He always insists that I lift my chin up in photos and I hate that posture because it looks so condescending.
And… speaking of being busy, today I also had my last class for my degree. Now it’s only the exams and then it’s all over. It’s pretty unreal and it feels as if three years couldn’t have flown past like that. So, understandably, everything was a bit crazy today. If you are inclined to metaphors, you could probably have something to say about the significance of having a 21st birthday on the day that classes are over. You could probably say something about one age ending and a new one beginning. Or you could just get on with it, because no-one cares.
But if only this was the only reason that I’m busy. I can deal with classes and revision. But NaNoWriMo is just something you can’t deal with. No matter how many times you do it and no matter how used you are to writing, it is going to spin out of control. In a way, that is all part of the fun and in a way, it is extremely stress-inducing.
As you can see, over there in the sidebar –>, I managed to break the 10K margin (yay, one fifth done!), but tonight I still need to reach 11,167. I have very little time left today to reach this. I was so sick last night that I couldn’t even reach 800 words for the day. That meant that I lost most of my 1,000 word head-start that I’d built up in week 1. Now I have to catch that up again. Darn it.
Now I’m going to go write at the speed of summer lightning. Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo: how are your novelling attempts going? How is NaNo treating you?
I’ll try to do a NaNoWriMo motivation post next week, with maybe a drawing or two.
Hi everyone! Guess what I want to shout right now?
This was a really lame cartoon, I’m sorry. I wanted to add more panels and reactions and things, but then my internet just died last night when I was composing this post. I think it must have hit the bandwidth limit. Oopsie. That’s embarrassing. Too many vlogbrothers videos, maybe? That’s another thing I do when procrastinating, and it’s kind of addicting. This is why this post is even later than usual. I’m in the university library right now, using stupid, slow Internet Explorer to write this. Ugh.
I had to get it published before NaNoWriMo starts, because I also have to add that I don’t know how regular updates will be between exams and novel-writing and everything else I complained about above. I’ll try to update on my writing and I have a few cartoons that I can upload, so we’ll just have to see how far I get. Anyway, if you want to laugh at my failure to write, the NaNo widgets have made a reappearance in my sidebar –> right underneath the follow icons. It’ll update with my word count, if you’re interested. Now I can just hope my internet makes a reappearance tomorrow.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I made myself a word count calendar this year and I’m uploading it to the internet if anyone else wants to use it. Feel free to download it, save it as your wallpaper, print it or share it with your friends! Just don’t remove my watermark, or distribute it as your own.
Featuring: a Lord of the Rings themed NaNoWriMo calendar. (I took the opportunity to compare NaNo to an epic journey, Frodo’s to be specific.)
Size: 1920 x 1080 (HD)
Click here to download it.
Now, for the random stuff (yes, this post is long, consider it making up for future lack of posting): when I started this cartoon, I thought of this book cover:
Don’t panic! That’s advice I could do with remembering! That’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, for those who can’t tell.
And then… as I took this picture, I though “How many things are there sticking out about my head?! Seriously…” So then I made this (I was bored):
Okay, that is probably quite enough. I’m going to look for a novel plot now. Find me on Tumblr for more NaNo related stuff, or check the sidebar widget and good luck to everyone else participating!
Happy Hallowe’en! :[
So I’m sorry for the lack of blogging. I didn’t have time to blog last week and I don’t have time to blog this week. It was one of those weeks last week and it still is, which is probably making the those in that statement illogical…
I have three assignments (long essays) due this week and I have to a novel read for this week and I have another longer, huger and more important assignment plus a novel to read due for next week. Everything of course happens at once. The phenomenon of spreading work out over several weeks is unheard of at all universities all over the universe, I think.*
Now if only I could keep myself off the internet and in particular off Pinterest and Tumblr that would be a big help… but I just can’t. Every few minutes I am back on. So what I am going to do is finish typing this and then shut off my wi-fi connection. It’s the only thing that helps. 😛 Then I am also going to forbade myself using Inkscape or Photoshop until this assignment is done.
So this wasn’t a real blog post. This was just a heads up to let everyone who doesn’t care know what is going on. I’m not quite sure why I am doing this, but it is probably because when someone whose blog I am following suddenly stops posting I always wonder if they suddenly died. Wow, that sounds really creepy to admit… Well, I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m dead, so this post exists. I probably won’t be back next week either, but after that it is the mid-term break, so I will definitely be back then! 🙂
To make it up to you, here are some photos and images from recently:
I’m sorry for putting my watermark in the middle, but this is the internet after all. I usually don’t put any of these graphics on the internet. I have a whole stack of them, but I don’t want them stolen. I’m fine with redistribution by the way, as long as people link back here.
I meant to say something about Suicide Prevention Day last week, but it totally slipped my mind. This is of course I feel something that I feel very strongly about and I meant to use this picture as illustration to my point, but oh well.
I was ashamed for forgetting it. I’m not American, but I still hold a moment of silence every year. I know one or two people directly affected by this and it just feels right to hold a moment of remembrance.
Okay, bye. 😉
*When I start spewing nonsense like this, you can know I am panicky, tired (and/or ill) and cynical, or most likely all three (and/or four) at once.
Well, hello! I hope everyone had a great week!
After my previous post on portraying the literal meanings of words turned out quite popular, I thought I might as well draw a few more. This time it is…
Taking Sayings Literally.
And that’s it for drawings today! But I still have a few more things up my sleeve! Or rather, up my computer fingers!
Seeing that it is (almost) the last day of March, I wanted to make a graphic representation of what my month looked like. Let me introduce…
Really, that 23rd truly was a nightmare day. And the 27th was not much better. Now I just want to go to sleep, but I can’t. I’ve got a few more assignments and stacks of homework waiting for me. Blargh!
However, I should hope that I was still able to laugh as I struggled through the 3rd week of March. This is what made me laugh:
Yes, those are sticky notes all round my laptop screen. It’s my references for said HUGE assignment. I stuck them there because I kept forgetting which author wrote what article and in what year. And then I had to page through everything again when I wanted to quote. That got annoying.
Lastly, I recently saw some bloggers making typography images with all the fonts that they regularly use and I thought it was a very good idea. I try to use only a handful of signature fonts in my cartoons, but if you’ve been around for a while you’d know I have a
slight font obsession. So… this is mostly only for my own benefit to remember which fonts when/how/what, but maybe someone could find it useful. So I’m sharing it!
All these fonts are available as free downloads (obviously). Actually I don’t use Elven Common Speak or Lime Glory Caps in my cartoons as they are too hard to read, but I only included them because I use them in my blog signature.
Have a great weekend!
Hi everyone! So, remember that I promised to release a Christmas gift that will be free for download to everyone that reads my blog? Right. So, that will be available shortly, only Adobe is being ridiculous right now, and I will update as soon as it is available.
UPDATED! See below! 😀
In the mean time, Merry Christmas from my new book and I!
Yes, that is the one that I spoke about in my last post. Also, check out my festive nail polish!
I decided on the calm colour scheme, because that is supposed to mirror the peace of the day.
Right, I’ll be back soon!
The gift is available for download!
All you need to do is go to my sidebar, —>
to the Box widget, directly underneath the About C&C-thing. And then you can download it right there by clicking on the icon labelled “Discworld”.
Now you are asking what is it, right? Well, it is a calendar, made by yours truly. Not much to see of my usual cartoons, but instead it is my compilation of the wit and wisdom of the Discworld-series of books by Sir Terry Pratchett. As you should know by now, Pratchett is one of my absolute favourite authors and I just love collecting quotes from his series. It is characterised by being witty and humorous, but also by having a sting in the tail – a little social consciousness. So, if you love his work, like me, or if you just want to check it out for yourself, go and collect this calendar for yourself, just in time for the new year!
And before you ask again, yes, this is completely free. Why? Well, obviously I could have asked money for it, and maybe I would even have made a little something from a project like this. Firstly, I don’t have access to receiving, or paying, money online. So that kind of handicaps me. And secondly, I love a free download just as much as anyone else, especially at Christmas time. Enjoy it – it is obligation free, though I would love it if you left me a comment if you do download it. I’d love to hear what you think!
Okay… the details…
Here’s a little preview of what you will find inside:
It consist of 13 pages: one for each month, plus the cover. Each page is slightly smaller than A4 landscape size – I thought a little white-space could be handy if you wanted to hole-punch it or something. It comes as a single PDF-format download of about 5MB. Each page has, on average, two Discworld quotes, and also two drawings of Discworld paraphernalia. Like the Luggage, there above. What would the Discworld be without the Luggage? Oh yes, and it comes on a background of distressed paper. All the wit must have upset it… 😛
I hope you enjoy this, oh, and tell your friends, if you like! 🙂 Happy Christmas (what’s left of it, in certain parts of the world)!
I just remembered that I still had a blog…
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.
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.
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!
(The Versatile Blogger, that is, not my birthday. I know when my birthday is, thank’ee ver’much!)
Anyhow, I’m 20 today! I’m so glad. I’ve been ready to be out of my teens for so long!
Obligatory (slightly blurry, mostly horrible) birthday pic:
Look! I’m wearing my origami earrings! I made and designed them myself and then wrote a how-to on wikiHow to share it with others. You can read it, and see them more clearly here: How to Make Origami Earrings. Oh, and that’s my Eine Kleine Nachtmusik printed T-shirt. I bought it a long while ago in Saltzburg, in Mozart’s birthplace house. Then for years I never wore it, but recently, I wear it just about every week. And I twisted up my très Coco Chanel outfit with flowers. Much less boring, hein?
The other news is that the Idiotphotographer has passed on the Versatile Blogger award to me. Thank you very much! It came as a huge surprise, because at first I thought “But I’m not versatile! I just go along!” But then I though that I do post on lots of different topics and styles, so perhaps I am eligible. You can just look at my tag cloud to see the random, diverse stuff I ramble about! Okay… thank you, I accept and I appreciate it very much!
So, now I am apparently supposed to share 7 random things about myself. (Why is it always so hard to think of anything to say when someone says… “So… tell me about yourself.”?)
1.) I’m the only child of parents who had me when they were already middle-aged. No, I’m not spoiled. Well, I don’t think so anyway. My parents did not do nearly as spoiling as many people I knew did to their kids. Being this long-awaited only baby is just more pressure on you to perform. Well… I did get loads more attention and time that most kids who had to share got… Wow, this fact turned into a long preach!
2.) My best friend and I share a birthday. I know. It’s weird. Happy birthday, friend! *big hug*
3.) I can and do write with both hands. I’ve never tried at the same time before, though. I mostly write left these days (it just feels more “right” [no pun intended]), but then today was one of my odd days and I wrote my entire three-essay exam right-handed.
4.) I don’t Facebook, and I stubbornly refuse to succumb to it!
5.) I have a huge fear of dogs. It’s almost like a phobia. People are constantly telling me it is silly, but I simply can’t help it. I know it is silly myself, but if I see a dog I go ice-cold all over and I just want to run and hide. The dog doesn’t even need to bark and look aggressive, I go bonkers anyway. Ha! I’m a cat person!
6.) I play RuneScape. Yeah, I’m a girl nerd.
7.) I once had to kick a soccer (football to those of you who use weird terms…) ball for PE in school. Well, I aimed and kicked at it, but then tripped over the ball and fell. That was entertaining my class for the rest of the day I can tell you! That’s how clumsy I am. I fall up stairs and down stairs and also over my own feet while standing still…
Now, the passing on of the baton…
Why is this so difficult? Apparently I am supposed to nominate up to 15 people. But I only read about 15 blogs, and… not all of those qualify as versatile in my book. Or they have had this award like several times before… Hmm…
Well, I’ll know what I can do. I’ve seen other people send out a call for nominations, because they simply have not enough people to nominate. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll nominate those that I want to now, and then if anyone wants to nominate someone else as well, leave it in the comments down below and I’ll consider adding them!
Bethie, over at Hear a Snippet Here. She writes about anything from letters to fiction, and then she still manages to add ramblings on hairstyles and strange quirks. Check her stuff out – one day she’ll be a famous author and then you’ll be glad you knew her in her blog days!
The Stressed Out Student over at Stressing Out College. I can always laugh at this blog – probably because all of it sounds so familiar to me. Yep, it’s versatile, ‘cause college is versatile.
Hmm… was that all? I could swear I thought of a third person that I wanted to include here… Well, I’ll update that in as well when I remember… if…
… also included in the bargain, some Wrimo-tips!
Status update: Writttteeeee… Braaaaaaaaaiiiinns!!!!!!!
Eating: There’s no time!
Listening: “When We Were Young” ~ Take That. This has to be my new song-obsession. It is the single to the new Three Musketeers-movie. Seriously. Go and listen to this thing. If you have the same taste in music as me anyway. I’m singing aloud to it at the moment. Well, I’m air-singing, rocking it out. My parents would probably murder me if I sang aloud – especially this time of night! The lyrics just seem to mean so much to me. Perhaps it’s just the kind of mood I’m in…
Reading: What’s that?
My NaNoWriMo is going okay! I wrote over 2200 words on the first day… 1673 on the second, and on the third… 1776. Well, at least I’m still ahead, okay? So it’s going better than last time! I experienced the same last time: the first week is the worst. Once I hit 10,000, I’ll be getting into the swing of things. And now I’m over 5000, so I’m halfway okay!
Here is the synopsis I wrote for my profile on NaNoWriMo’s website. I would also post a word-count widget in the sidebar here, except that all the people over at the Office of Letters and Light decided not to release them yet. Bah!
It is a kingdom outside of time. One day that never changes. People live out their lives in this perfect, balanced, stagnant environment.
When Abrielle’s husband is killed by a single rebel, she feels stifled in this society with all its faults. She decides to go out into Time and find her healing there — for she would never find it inside the kingdom.
She leaves the timeless environment and goes on a journey through Time. But what she thought would be a refreshing, healing experience leaves her cold. Where she thought she would find a better world, she finds a place filled with even more pain, more desolation, more faults than there ever were inside the timeless kingdom.
Finally Abrielle can understand why her people shut themselves off from the progression of Time.
But perhaps she will also learn to understand why she felt that she could not stay outside of it and what there is for her inside the progress of Time.
I also decided you may as well see the Jack o’ Lantern I drew for the start of a Hallowe’en cartoon and then abandoned for reasons of a NaNoWriMo-nature.
Also, I wish this was my manuscript!
That would have been so cool, to have it done and dusted! Actually, ^that^ is a pic of my stack of background reading for my English lit exam on Monday. I’m using that stack right now to balance the laptop on.. It makes quite a good lap-desk. Anyway… I know by now that it is only the beginning of NaNoWriMo that looks so bad. At the moment, it looks so very daunting, but once I get into the swing of things… Yeah, I have experience in this by now! One year, but I guess that counts…
Anyhow, this probably makes me eligible to give some advice! So, if there are any first-time Wrimo’s reading this, here are some tips!
- Plan! Okay, so some people are pantsers (me too!), but I’ve found it works better if you have at least just a bulleted list of stuff that you want to happen in your novel. If you don’t have any idea of what’s going for what, you may just get stuck at 10,000 words without a plot. Of course, if you are a planner, you may also want to plan everything out in detail!
- Get your word count every day. Last time I did it, I missed the 1667 words on the very second day. So that meant from the very second day, I had to do catch up. And in my last week, I had to write over 2000 words every day to be able to finish on time. Not a good idea!
- Actually, linking up to the previous bullet, try to get more than the word count, especially on the first few days. This may mean that you could either finish earlier, or it may save you on an inspiration-less day.
- Try to find some system of rewards. Me, I paste my writing into my 750words.com as well. This is because I really want to be able to show off their NaNo-badge. Two birds with one stone!
I hope you have a great week (especially if you are a fellow Wrimo!)
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. 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.
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! ):
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!
Listening: “Ode to Our Fallen” – Kerry Muzzey
Reading: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. Another prescribed one. Yay.