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Big fairs like Art Basel Hong Kong are great for business, but bad for art

Is she? Or Isn’t she?

Hyper realistic sculpture of a kneeling woman.

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Theatre Tranquillitatis

My Theatre of Tranquility.

Been down lately. Got two of my short stories rejected. I’m kind off trying to get use to this.

Did a stop motion video with the kids. Do check it out

English: Lego car animation created by slow-mo...

English: Lego car animation created by slow-motion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It means so much to them and a “like” will encourage them to do better. 🙂

Have great days ahead of you.


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Save My Cushions!

Old and stained to like brand new!

Found This Painted That

Okay, I will!


Pricing out some new cushions for our current two that are faded and stained with tree sap, bird poop and who knows what else, I came across some fabric medium and, remembering how I wish I had tried this product on my Before and After chair, I thought, perfect opportunity to give ‘er a go.

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Having friends over for a BBQ spurred me on to try it sooner rather than later. And yet, somehow, I still managed to wait till the last second to do it.  In other words, don’t look too closely unless you want to notice the sloppy bits.

I wanted to try something a little more than just solid colour, some kind of fun design.  Summer just allows for bright, whimsical decorating.  That’s what I think, anyway.  How about applying some summer related words!

Follow the mixing directions on the bottle.  Mine says…

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The Bookpocalypse–What to Do When You Realize Your Story Might Be DEAD

Motivational post from Kristen Lamb. Makes me feel it is all worth it.

I’ve been working on My YA novel and it is a big mess. I was too overly ambitious, assuming I could write a full length novel as my first project. But having come this far and having inspired by Kristen I’m going to overhaul it and bring it out to the world.

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Since I am dedicating this week to the apocalypse to support my friend, Piper Bayard, I thought we’d take a day to look at the Bookpocalypse. What IS a Bookpocalypse? The Bookpocalypse is when you realize that first book you’ve been working, reworking, taking to critique, etc. is a train wreck and, for all intents and purposes, unsalvageable.

I went through this, too. Back in the 90s, when I began my tome, I mistakenly believed that making As in English naturally qualified me to be a best-selling author.

Yeah, um. NO.

And there comes that point that we need to be honest why our book is being rejected (or, in the new paradigm, not selling). This can be a very depressing low for any artist. I still remember the day it dawned on me my first book was mess and it was time to pull the plug. This is…

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321 PSI. That’s it. Taking leave tomorrow…to write!

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Once again I allowed myself to be distracted. I’d noticed a call for submission of short story and now I’m working on it . *sigh*.

On the bright side, I believe  it is important to get off the main road and onto the beaten track, get a breather, before heading back to the road at full throttle. Well, it is only a couple of thousand words. I think I can allow myself that.

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Ortum Diei

Hi, out there. I’m still trying to find time to get on with my writing. Forcing out like a miserable twenty words per day. 😦

I was halfway through breakfast, pondering if I should rewrite some bad dialogue when I thought that I should take a picture of what I was having and putting it up here.. (I get distracted too easily, *sigh*)


This is chwee kueh (水粿), literally translated to “Water cake“. Made from rice flour, steamed, and topped with stir fried Chinese radish (the brownish bits). Added a dollop of fried chilli paste to taste.

Right now, I’m almost at the verge of insanity trying to write dialogue spoken by the indigenous people of my fantasy world.

For example, “I beseech that you shall not reveal your identity. And it shall be best if you are known only plainly as Meg.”

Somehow “Come on, chill it.  You’d better not go around yapping to every Tom, Dick and Harry who you really are. Just stick to Meg for now,” probably doesn’t cut it as ‘mediaeval’ enough for my setting.

Hmm. “I beseech thee that thou shalt not reveal thy identity.”  Maybe I should just let everyone speak normal…


June 1, 2013 · 6:10 pm