Jul. 24th, 2017 09:07 pm

New art release, much done...

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The tarot expo was really fun and inspiring. I have used it to kickstart my muse on the Sketch Tarot project I started a gazillion years ago, and used THAT to kickstart a workup of new rewards at my Patreon - there is now a $3 level that includes a sketch tarot file every month. And a $4 level that includes another extra coloring page every month. And there are higher levels that you'll have to click that link to see... *whistles innocently*

Today was a crazy day. I ordered lumber to complete the woodshed, and they surprised me by saying they could deliver it tomorrow. Which meant I needed to get some bags of gravel to level the pad for the steps. And I got new propane for the grill, and I took a flat tire in to get repaired (for free!), and I bought dog food and got replacement parts for a broken lamp and went to the post office and got water and wrote about a thousand words and added an epilogue to my not-a-book. I even spread out some of the gravel, though I had to stop before it was finished because that's hard work and I had to go to bellydance practice.

*lies on the floor*

Here's the last of the pieces I did for my feature in Color On! Magazine:

Now I'm going to go to bed and sleep the sleep of the just. Or the just tired, anyway.
Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:10 pm


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"The Root and The Seed and The Thief In Between" by Weyodi
Chapters 1-10 available FREE Online
at weyodi.com plus bonus rude poetry
Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:11 am

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Last night I dreamed I was trying to get to the Indian Health Service Hospital to see "The Dr." while I was writing the last episode of Dr. Who, ever. At one point I hitched a ride to what I thought was IHS but turned out only to be a 1/12 scale model built by two guys in the mountains. When I finally did get to IHS (built terrifyingly into the side of a cliff over a rushing river) I discovered that my former online friend turned meatlife friend and neighbor grinnifer/fukingprole/typodmary was a doctor there (which was extra frustrating since I started the adventure at her house- if I'd only told her where I was going I could have hitched a ride with her). Also the final doctor in the Dr. Who series was played by a remarkably well preserved Tom Baker.

Oh my brain is weird.
Jul. 21st, 2017 11:35 pm

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I won the academic anxiety dream discussion in the car.
I had no idea.
Apparently it's not too common to dream of getting a test with questions like.
When are you going to give up?
How long have you known you're a failure?
Who exactly do you think you're fooling?
etc etc etc
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I have book hangover, so bad. I finished the not-a-book (my fourth!) late Wednesday night, not dragging into bed until about midnight.

Yesterday, I was too busy to really process it, and too tired. Guppy got me up at 3 in the morning, though she went right back to sleep. That, with the late night, meant I was pretty wiped. And then we put the roof on the woodshed! It is an actual woodshed, with a roof! After a day of blistering heat, it was obliging enough to rain last night, and we went out and stood in our perfectly dry (if wall-less, still) woodshed. Horrah!

Today, however, I wandered around staring at things a lot, feeling vaguely overwhelmed and more than a little lost. The book... is done? It's... done? Wait, what? Professional writers may laugh. There are a billion things to do, not the least of which is start the next book, but I'm mostly just finding myself wanting to lie down on the floor and watch dust settle, or binge-watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer or something.

And there's Sketch Fest today! https://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/

I haven't done anything for it yet, but I hope to tonight.

I'm a featured artist at a Tarot Expo tomorrow, which is fun! I am going to be bringing art supplies and offering $15 on-the-spot commissions for personal tarot ACEOs. Just rough sketches, color or pencil. We'll see how it goes. Locals, I'll be at the Coop Plaza, 12-4, at Woven Sylver. They are going to have tarot readers and demos and workshops from 10-5. (And probably cookies, but don't quote me.)

It's taken me HOURS to write this, so here's some more new art, and I'm going to go eat chocolate and pour a stiff drink. BOOK DONE. BRAIN GONE.

Another of the exclusive pieces for Color On! Magazine.
Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:17 am

A bit wet

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One of the many reasons we moved to Oamaru was the weather. It's a lot drier here than wet, humid Auckland.

The latest storm hit the whole country, but especially the east coast of the South Island, this area particularly badly. Oamaru got over three months of rain in 26 hours. The infrastructure couldn't take it, rivers have flooded their banks, State Highway 1 is closed in many places including downhill from us where it crossed the river, and houses in the North End, a flat coastal area, are flooded, and steep Don Street, one we considered, is now a river with water running under houses.

At first I was pleased to live on a hill - and so far we're all right as the rain continues - but we woke up to see a slip on the hill opposite. There aren't houses on the slope (another reason for picking this place - nice view) but I suspect there are on the flat under it.

We have to go to Christchurch next week, so I hope the roads are open by then.
Jul. 20th, 2017 08:41 am

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Happy Birthday Nocturnas33

I am so glad to have become friends with you.
It has improved my life.
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I owe a weekend report! On Thursday night, I drove out to Chena Hot Springs, all by myself in the van. I camped there overnight, soaked in the morning, and met Layla for a plein air watercolor painting class. Yes, I was torturing myself again with Things I Am Not Good At. Patreon patrons will get a look at what I painted! Friday night I camped out with Layla, Saturday was another day of painting outdoors, and then Saturday night Layla drove back in and Jake left Guppy with the grandparents and drove out in his fancy car. We stayed until Sunday afternoon, soaking and enjoying a leisurely breakfast.

It was a gorgeous time. Sunny weather the first day, threatening clouds the second - but no actual rain until we were tucked into bed, long after a lovely fire and marshmallows.

I brought my iPad and keyboard with me, and actually managed to write a few thousand words, as well! Not-a-book is up to 40k, and I've got just another scene (maaaaybe two) and a fluffy epilogue still to write on it. I've mocked up the cover and drafted the blurb. It feels like it's stampeding to the finish line now! It's eating my brain, big time.

Tomorrow: a massage, the farmer's market, a new artwork release, and maybe a thousand new words, if I'm lucky. All the paid #junicorns are mailed except a few I'll take into town with me tomorrow. (And one more original sale would make me over the moon! I made a special folder at my artist Facebook page to show which originals were still available.)
Jul. 17th, 2017 07:02 pm

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chapter nine of The Root and The Seed and the Thief In Between
Is up at weyodi.com
and so is a new blog post
Jul. 17th, 2017 12:03 am

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I have some weird things I do. Or imagine. You see I dislike death...a lot. I'm not afraid of it. I've seen it. I've even dressed deceased loved ones for their burial. But I am filled with bitterness and sorrow for slow sad death by disease in particular- So when celebrities I like die of some sad painful drawn out illness I imagine that instead they died in a big heroic duel to the death with another celebrity who died around the same time. For instance Alan Rickman and David Bowie went out like crazy sexy pirates with swords. Now George Romero and Martin Landau had their blaze of glory, but I think they used axes.
Jul. 13th, 2017 02:17 pm

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New post on the "What Is Weyodi Thinking?" blog at weyodi.com
Jul. 12th, 2017 02:09 pm

New artwork, General updates

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Wow! If I sell one more #Junicorn original, I will have sold half of them. This pleases me enormously: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html

Writing continues, slowly but steadily. 579 words today, 538 yesterday. Not-a-book is approaching 35k and I'm still pretty happy with it. My main characters are adrift on the ocean, but rescue is in sight. Then there will be a climactic show-down, a sweet epilogue, and I've got a brilliant idea for a scene (that may become two scenes) that I need to go back and find a good spot for. This is already longer than any of my published books, and I have at least 10k left to add. (I thought it would be done at 40k, but that's not likely now.)

This morning I got my car perma-registered, which entailed a painless trip to the DMV, and then I got the oil in the truck changed and fixed a turn signal. Then Guppy and I went and played at the Children's Museum for a while, then went to the Farmer's Market, and she was happy to take an actual nap when we got home.

I have fabulous writing and arting plans for the weekend, and will be non-communicado starting tomorrow afternoon until Monday. I shall hopefully be back with many grand tales and updates.

I have to go wake Guppy or tonight will be unpleasant, so have another of the Color On! Magazine pieces:

Original available!
Jul. 12th, 2017 11:21 am

I haven't been everywhere, man

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Copied from sallymn because I felt like it. Not that I've been anywhere lately since 2004 when I went to England and Wales. Painting the whole US turquoise is somewhat misleading as I've only been to Florida.

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Jul. 11th, 2017 12:17 pm


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I have started a "professional" blog on my website.
In addition to free stories you get blog!
All free at weyodi.com


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