Sunday, February 23, 2014

Outfit of the Day and Writing update

With the weather changing for the warmer I have to take off my coat, which kind of makes me sad. I love the layers of winters with fluffy scarfs and tapestry coats.  So the dress for today’s outfit is from the Japanese brand Victorian Maiden and the bag is from Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

In other news my beta reader finished my novel. So on Monday we’re going to do discuss it. I’m very excited to hear what she thinks. After that I’m doing a quick rewrite of  a few scenes and then it’ll be sent off again. Waiting for the next critique I’m going to relax and read. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Flowering Tea... water first or after?

I’m trying one of my new flowering teas called Eternal Paradise. (It’s good, but the name is a little presumptuous.) I only drink a few flowerings tea since most of them are just too sweet for me. This one is nice a mild sweetness.

I always wonder the best way to serve flowering tea. After warming the pot, do you put the tea in and then pour the water on top, or fill with water and drop the tea in?  I usually do the latter as pouring water on the tea seems to loosen it from the stitching. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Outfit of the Day

Just a quick post of the outfit of the day. I wore this out to visit family and go to the store. 

The dress and socks are from the Japanese brand Moi-Meme-Moite. The hat is from Antique Beast. I love how floppy it is, even if the wind seems to enjoys making it fly off my head! The bolero is from ElpressL. 

On a side note I have a bed ruffle coming so no more glaring at my ironing board in photos! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Revision update

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope that you are spending it with friend and loved ones. I think often people think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, which is rather silly. Today is for celebrating the people that are important in your life and if they were not there you would miss. So tell your friends, parents, lovers, hell even your pet that you care about them!

With that note out of the way I promised an update to my revision progress.  I scratched off a few things off my check list. I read the novel without making a mark and then again with editing marks that took about a week. I ranked my worse scenes and started to check those off. I also printed off the calendar and started to digraph most dialogue.

The most important part of the process was reading it without a mark. When shifting gears from writer to reader suddenly the story is no longer in chapters or scenes, but is a story. Suddenly all the plot holes stick out like a sore thumb and things you thought were dramatic seem to be too easy for you character to  navigate. This made marking things up and changing plots easier since the whole story is still fresh in mind.  

So for the rest of the month I’m marking off my list of scenes starting with the worst and making my way down. At the same time, I’m going through the edits page by page marking each finished with a brown heart. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tea Things

I’ve been working on lots of editing, and I hope to make a blog post about it soon. In the meantime I’ll post a few of my tear wares simply because everyone loves tea (at least I think they should.)

The spoons are from Victorian Maiden and was my first ‘brand’ purchase. They are rather useful when throwing a tea party. The peacock cup is rather fun to look at, but a bit hard to drink from. The other cup was a Valentine’s gift from my friend.  It came from the local tea house along with the dragon sugar jar.

Finally my cast iron tea pot, I simply love it.  It was also a gift I received many years ago. It’s very sturdy I even dropped it once and only the handle was chipped. (I was happy my toe wasn’t broken)  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Make Everything you Touch Something you Love

Make everything you touch something you love is a motto that I’ve been practicing for about four years now.  It’s influenced by the books of  Alexandra Stoddard and more specifically Living a Beautiful Life. There she goes about tips to make your everyday life something special. Some of things are minor things like buying a real sponge to take a bath with or putting all your fruit you usually leave in plastic containers in your fridge into bowls. Some of the ideas in her book are a bit more extravagant like sending flowers to yourself when you are sick. Other’s I simply don’t think would bring my pleasure like putting a mini-fridge in the bedroom with the things you have for breakfast to get some extra lazy bed days. (I think the humming of the machine would keep me up at night!)

The reason to take this to heart is simply that why surround yourself in things you don’t like or don’t make in smile? Your life is much too special to only be filed with things that leave zero impact on you.
I started off with simple things like my dinner plates, before I had white ones with a circle of blue around the rim. I didn’t think much about them expect that they needed to be cleaned. So I bought just one new plate a black one handmade with a lace pattern pressed into it.  Even though the plate didn't stack well with the others each time I had my meal on it I would take just a few seconds to notice the pattern as it became exposed as I ate, or I would take an extra moment to admire the wobbly height.

I continued this slowly adding new items that I loved into my life a swan mail holder, a makeup box, a painting or a new desk. I look at these things sometimes with just a glance others when the time comes at a close examine of some feature, but they all make me smile and brighten my day. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Tea Cup: Gaiwan

My first gaiwan style came in the mail a few days. Giving it a try, I realized that I was holding the teacup differently. It's an interesting feeling to drink tea in this different way.