Dec 25, 2013

Dec 20, 2013

"It's a Marsh Mellow World"

This morning I woke up to see everything covered in snow, which was really exciting because we've all been wanting it to snow. So today we went out and played in the snow and I took some pictures. We went down to the forest by our house where I took these photo's.





 After we came back up we played around a little bit. Then we decided to cover these little metal frog things we have in our yard. We ended up turning them into a snow Dalek. You know you're obsessed with something when you create it out of snow. :)   Doctor Who is awesome in case you didn't already know.

Then we came back inside and Alina and I did some writing and Daniel stayed outside a little while longer. So today's been a good day.

Dec 4, 2013

December

It's December which means Christmas is just around the corner. It also means lots of Christmas decorations, cold weather, hot cocoa, and Christmas lights. And that means lots of pictures! I love taking bokeh pictures of all the lights. Last night I got out the Christmas decoration's and lights and decked my room with 'em all while listening to Christmas music.


This is my desk area where I've been spending a lot of time lately doing a bit of drawing. I was just messing around with my camera last night and thought this picture turned out kind of cool.

Here's my latest drawing I've done. Just in case you don't already know, it's Rapunzel from Tangled.

It's been so cold here and we had some hail and some slush the other day, but so far no snow. But I like cold weather, it means I get to wear cozy gloves, scarves, and cowls. And I get to drink lot's of hot chocolate. : )

Dec 2, 2013

Black Friday+Frozen



On Black Friday I went shopping with my mom and sister at five in the morning. We had a lot of fun as usual and this was our first time doing this without anyone else with us. So it was a little different, but definitely fun! We started off by going to the Lego store and the Disney store. I bought the Frozen soundtrack while I was in the Disney store. They didn't have the soundtracks out on the shelves so I had to ask if they had them, and they did. I ended up buying the very first one they had!

After that we did as we always do and went to Starbucks and got frappuccino's. Alina and I dressed up in Anna and Elsa inspired outfits and used Anna and Elsa as our names at Starbucks. We had been looking forward to seeing Frozen for a long time, so we were super excited to get to see it that day.

Alina (AKA Elsa) and me (AKA Anna) with out drinks and the Frozen soundtrack.
After we finished all of our shopping we went to Panera Bread and had some lunch before heading to the theater to see Frozen. It was really weird for us to be seeing a movie only two days after it being released in theaters. We usually wait for it to come out on Blu-ray to see it, but we were too excited and had to see it in theaters.

Frozen was such a good movie! It was fun, had some good twists, the music is really good, and it had a good message. I think I like it better than Tangled. I loved all of Anna and Elsa's costumes and am going to have to make some of them sometime. Both Alina and I want to go see it again.

Overall, both Black Friday and Frozen were fantastic!

Nov 27, 2013

I Wrote 50,000 Words!


Yes everyone, I did it! I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 27 days! Yesterday I had written my daily minimum and thought to myself "Why not write 500 more words? Maybe I can have my novel done before Thanksgiving if I work really hard." I didn't really believe that I would have it done before Thanksgiving, but as it turns out I did.

After I had written 500 more words yesterday I was like "why not try and hit tomorrow's par?" And I did. The next thing I knew I had written almost 7,000 words instead of the minimum of 1,667.

This morning I woke up early and had only a little over 2,000 left to write until I hit 50,000 and I knew I had it in the bag. I finished writing early this morning and I still can't believe that I wrote that much and still have a few days to spare! 

When I started I thought I would be crawling to the finish since I've never written anywhere near this amount before. Turns out it's not really that hard. The hardest part is just sitting down and writing even when you don't know what to write. But I guess that's all part of being a writer.


To anyone else out there who hasn't finished their novels yet, good luck!

Nov 21, 2013

NaNoWriMo Update


When NaNoWriMo started I was really excited and slightly intimidated. I've never written anything near 50,000 words in a novel in any amount of time. But because I like a challenge and want to become a better writer, I decided to do it anyways. And now I'm on day 21 with 35,072 words written. For the first time since I started I'm feeling really good and I really think I'm going to make it!

My days this month have been going something like this. Wake up, set up my laptop at the dining room table next to my sisters, make hot chocolate, put my ear buds in and crank the music up, and write. And write, and write. And someday's just stare at the screen and hope words will come into my mind for me to type.

Last week I was having some writers block and just didn't know what to write. Some how I made it through the week with hitting par everyday. Until the weekend came. During the weekend I didn't want to write anything and I ended up writing only about 900 words during the whole weekend instead of the 3,200 I should have written. Instead I spent my time working on a costume mock up and reading. Which I enjoyed immensely since I haven't have much time for either one this month.

This week I had to play catch up, and yesterday I finally did catch up and I'm back on track. Now I've also got the plot moving along and I'm not having writers block, which I am very thankful for! I'm really glad I plotted most of the story line last month, otherwise I would be completely lost.

But even though I did plot out my story last month, I didn't plot the third part out as well as I wished I could have. I mostly had the details needed for the mystery to be solved, but other than that there wasn't much. I've been keeping the index cards I wrote them on in a box, and whenever I don't know what to write I go to that box which I've been calling my "Plot Box". It's been very, very helpful!

There's only 9 days left until I will (hopefully) be able to say I've written a novel! And in a month none the less!

Nov 13, 2013

Seed Stitch Cowl

I was out shopping for yarn for Christmas gifts and decided to get this yarn for myself because I liked the color so much. I've been wanting to make a seed stitch cowl since I came across a picture of one on Pinterest a long time ago. I just never had any yarn in a color that I thought it would look good in. So when I bought this yarn I decided to finally make that cowl!


When I started I looked for a pattern but just decided on making my own because it was simpler that way. I'm going to write up a pattern for it as soon as it's finished. I've been working on it for few days and it's close to complete. I've been busy with NaNo this month so I haven't been able to work on it as much as I would've liked to, but it's still going quickly.

Nov 2, 2013

NaNoWriMo has Begun!

Early last month I got an idea for a story, then I remembered that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was in November so I decided to give it go. I mean, how hard could it be to write 50,000 words in a month right? Okay, maybe that wasn't exactly what I was thinking. I was actually thinking something more along the lines of  "Oh boy, 50,000 words in a month? Am I crazy for thinking I can do this? Maybe I'll be able to write 10 or 15 thousand...."



Well, I decided to do it anyways and I began planning my story and coming up with characters. I came up with a whole plot and outlined most of the story. I used this huge old whiteboard we had for my story board. I wrote everything down on index cards then taped them up and I could add, remove, or move them to wherever I needed them to be. It ended up working really well and helped a lot with plotting.


Now it's the second day, and I think I might be able to pull this off! Basically my goal is to write at least 1,667 words a day. If I do at least that much I'll finish just in time. So far I've got a little over 3,000 words written and I'm feeling good!

Oct 19, 2013

Disney's Frozen

Disney's Frozen is coming out this Thanksgiving, and I am so excited! I've been excited since I first heard of it. Then when I heard that Santino Fontana was going to voice a character (Hans) I got even more excited. For those of you who don't know, Santion Fontana plays Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella on Broadway (which I'm completely obsessed with).



A few months ago when I learned that there still wasn't a trailer for Frozen and it was coming to theaters in November I began to get worried that it might get pushed back and not make it. Then they released some real  concept art (previously some fan art had been going around that was supposedly from the movie, but it wasn't.) and soon they released a teaser trailer. I was so happy that it was actually going to make it!

One of the first pictures released by Disney for Frozen.
After watching the teaser, I really wasn't impressed and was wondering if it would be a dud. But then they released a real trailer and I, once again, got super excited. I instantly fell in love with the costumes. One day I will recreate both of Anna's dresses and probably Elsa's dresses as well.



The Snow Queen from Disney's Frozen

I just watched the newest trailer for the movie and yes, I got super excited! I wasn't able to find the trailer on YouTube because I watched it from the Frozen Facebook page. From everything I've seen, I have a feeling that the movie will have a similar feel to Tangled. Some of the characters look similar and the animation looks the same. But I still think it'll be a great movie!

Oct 14, 2013

The Weekend Mitts


This weekend I knitted my first real project with four needles, fingerless gloves! I used a free pattern I found on Ravelry called Peekaboo Mitts. The pattern was easy to follow and went pretty quick. When I finished the first mitt  it came up a little higher on my fingers than I though it would, but I found they're much more cozy than my other gloves that don't go that high.

So without further ado, here are the pictures!






Oct 11, 2013

Recent Projects


One of my favorite sewing books is Tone Finnanger's Sew Sunny Homestyle. In it she has the most adorable and shabby chic sewing patterns. Last week I made one of her little birds out of a pretty fat-quarter I'd bought from Walmart a while back. 

I ended up making a few changes to the pattern though. I added the beak to the material instead of using a wooden dowel and after I stuffed the bird I added dried peas to the bottom so it would stand up. The last thing I did was sew on seed beads for the eyes instead of paint them on.

And this is what it looked like in the end.


After multiple attemps to knit with four knitting needles I was finally able to do it! I found a really helpful knitting channel on YouTube called VeryPink Knits. I watched their tutorial for how to knit with four needles,  and I was surprised at how easy it ended up being! Their tutorials are really helpful and easy to understand. 

For my first knitting project with four needles I made a tiny drawstring bag.

Learning to knit with four needles has opened up a whole new world of possibilities of things to knit!

Sep 20, 2013

Star Wars - And What it's Taught me in Writing.

I have a very long list of hobbies, and one of them is writing scripts. But when I started a few years ago I really didn't know how much planning and work goes into just one script. I started reading a lot of books and websites and soon learned all about how to format a scrip, the best software to use, and most importantly how to plan and write a good one.


I've been a huge, huge fan of Star Wars pretty much since the first time I saw it. I've always loved learning more about the Star Wars galaxy and the way the films themselves were made. One of the best things to me is watching these movies with commentary. When I was younger I liked hearing what the actors had to say, but now that I'm older the best part for me is listening to George Lucas talk about how he made these films and learning about all the structural details no one really notices in a good movie.

Here's three things that I learned from George Lucas on how to create a good structure for your movie.

1. The Three Act Structure: A good script is made up out of 3 parts, the beginning, middle, and end. In the beginning is where you set up your characters and get to know them, start the main plot, and get your hero into some trouble. The middle is where you get to learn more about the characters and more trouble comes without any solutions. Basically you just try to get your characters into as much trouble as possible without resolving anything. Then in the end your hero saves the day and everything is resolved.

The three movies from the original trilogy can be looked at as the three act structure, with IV being the beginning where Luke sets out to become a Jedi Knight like his father. During the movie they come across troubles, such as the Death Star trying to blow up the galaxy's only hope, the Rebellion. But in the end they destroy the Death Star and the Rebellion is saved.

Episode V, being the middle, is where Luke trains to become Jedi with Yoda while Han and Leia are trying to escape the Empire. During this film you really get to know the characters but not very much progresses towards the main plot. In the end Luke gets some devastating news about his father, he loses his hand, and Han is frozen in carbonate. Not exactly a happy ending.

Then episode VI is the closing chapter. They rescue Han, defeat Emperor Palpatine, Luke saves his father from the dark side, they destroy the second Death Star, and all is well. Oh, and Luke and Leia find out they're brother and sister. In the last part everything gets wrapped up.

 So there's your three act structure in three movies, but within each episode is still the three act structure.



2. Breathing Points: You know those action packed movies where there's a fight scene without any breaks? And you know how you feel really tense during those movies? Well there's nothing wrong with having tense action scenes, but the audience needs time to process whats going on and time to breath. That's why you need to evenly distribute everything. After your action scene it's good have a quiet scene, so the audience can breath and think about whats currently happening before you move onto more action.

3. How to put the Hero in Danger: When you watch a movie and the main character is in a life and death situation, you just know that he isn't going to die because he's the only one who can save the day. But if you find yourself needing to put your character in a life and death situation, let the audience know that he could die but all hope wouldn't be lost. In episode V when Luke is leaving Dagobah to save Han and Leia on Cloud City, Obi-Wan says "that boy is our last hope." then Yoda say's "no, there is another." That pretty much leaves the audience with the idea that he could die, because there's still someone else who could save them.

That's just three things I've learned about writing from Star Wars. There's been other things I've learned, but these are by far the most important ones. And while I learned these things for script writing, these are all important things for any writing. I try to use these same elements with all of my fictional writing.

Sep 18, 2013

Forgotten Photo's

The other day while I was working on my blog design I came across some old photo's I'd taken earlier this year that I'd completely forgot about. I found all the photo's I'd taken from when we went to Leavenworth earlier this year that I need to edit still as well.

Leavenworth

Daisy

Foxglove
 I love it when I find good photo's that I'd forgotten about!

Sep 16, 2013

Autumn is coming...

I am so ready for Fall! The last two days have been rainy, and we even got some thunder. Part of why I'm ready for fall is because I love wearing boots and soft cowls when I go out, rainy days (yes, I love the rain), and the tree's all begin to change color. Plus it means it's close to Halloween and I get to dress up soon! So I guess you could say I'm really happy it's almost Fall.


I hope to start doing more writing and drawing this fall because I haven't been doing as much as I would like to. I've seen on Pinterest the 30 drawing challenges and want to do one soon. But I'll probably end up making up my own challenges because I haven't really found one that I like very much.

I'll also be doing more knitting, and I want share some of my patterns I've made throughout the past. I've found that I really like knitting, even more than crocheting, so that's pretty much what I've been doing lately. Last month I spent somewhere around 90 hours on the embroidery for my Marion Ravenwood costume so I could wear it to Vintage Aircraft Weekend at the end of last month.

My Marion costume from Raiders of the Lost Ark. That's about half the embroidery compared to the real costume.
I havn't worked on the embroidery at all this month because I keep putting it off. After you spend that much time on embroidery in one month you don't ever want to pick up a hoop again.