Focus on mending and old work, pretty much done

  At the beginning of the month I made a little to-do list for myself of what I wanted to get done. I’ve crossed off what I’ve done so far: Darn socks Drawer of old drawings Bind W mags Go through closet External drive Blue bin Mending basket Go through old journals Bind old journal leavings Mend pants I knew I wasn’t going to get to the external drive.  There’s nine years worth of files on there, a good four years worth that were saved when I was having some…

Focus on airbrush, we begin

For some gift holiday last year, Chase got me an airbrush.  It’s not just any airbrush, it’s an airbrush gun and air compressor specifically made for nail art and miniature work. It came with little stencils and fake nails, because some wonderful lady in southern middle America had made an investment and then decided against it. I haven’t been very good with this gift, I use it sometimes, and got most of the awkwards out, but I don’t use it nearly enough—nor have I practised basic technique enough with it. …

Focus on branding Ma-mé, completed!

This was so fun.  January was full of busyness and business, with freelance gigs and fun gigs and getting Trina’s site all set up. The entire plan for her site was to jab at a WordPress template until it looked how she wanted, had what she wanted in it and could be updated and maintained easily by someone with minimal web skills.  And we were totally able to do it!  I did some basic poking and coding and then we hung out, both refreshing browsers (on a laptop and a…

Focus on branding Ma-mé, the logo

Ooh branding! Trina needed a logo to use for her blog/site, for Etsy and to turn into a rubber stamp to use in packaging.  She sent me a bunch of type she liked and I made a moodboard because those are fun to do while your brain thinks. This image she liked the lettering in a bit, and it already had the right letters. So I played with that a bit and sent it to her. It wasn’t quite working, so I pulled out some markers and played some more.…

Themes in The Audacity Gambit

Want some more noodling about the writing process of The Audacity Gambit? Like you have a choice. Let’s talk themes. I’ll outline them even. Trailer parks I grew up in a double-wide trailer on the outskirts of, what was at the time, a 13,000-ish population town. I lived between there and what could politely be called a township—there was a payphone box, even—of a couple hundred-ish. A good percentage of people I knew lived in trailer parks, which was rather different than the acre of land our mobile home was…