Cats, General, Life

A return to reading, writing and other goals.

I’d say it’s been a rough few months, but honestly, it has just been more of the same. I’m always exhausted, people are always angry, my cats literally get into fights on my bed sometimes over who gets more hugs.

You know, the usual.


Even though I’m probably never going to be as productive as the average person, I’ve decided a few things need to be dealt with, and I need to try to maintain at least some things I do regularly aside from lamenting that Woolies doesn’t sell my favourite biscuits anymore, and hasn’t in years. Or lamenting in general.

So here’s our life goals which are totally ambitious! Not.

Goals as of the 17th of May 2016:

  • More reading. — For several years my reading pace has slowed down, which would be fine if by slowed down I meant “stopped devouring books in two days or less to read at a more leisurely pace” and not “sometimes a book is involved in my life. maybe.” so I’ve set myself a meagre goal of ten books this year on goodreads, a number I’ll up if I can keep going. So far I’ve read two. More on those later.
  • Post on my blog(s) at least once a week. — Sometimes these posts will be the same on both blogs, as I’ve added a plugin that should let me crosspost to Dreamwidth from my personal site.
  • Write more, and write often! — This used to not be a big deal, because I used to rp a lot but I’m currently between games and most of my friends have silly things like real lives and so aren’t really around. I’d like to write at least once a week, at least a thousand words. Reading more should help this, because I find you write best when you’ve been reading a lot.
  • SEWING. DO IT. — Yeah, I need to do it some more and maybe look into a more comfortable chair and a way to watch netflix while I sew so I can have more to focus on than how much it makes my body parts hurt.
  • Work on the new rpg project. — Currently it’s one of those things where I like it, but I can also feel myself drifting and while that’s fine for PSL’s, recent experiences have told me that maybe sandbox worlds with only general rules and lore aren’t the best option. I’d like to get a few people helping me with it, too, but I think I need to define things better first.
  • RP related tutorials and guides. — I have a community set up on dreamwidth for the express purpose of sharing things like guides, tutorials, resources that don’t belong in my graphics community, etc and I haven’t really used it except to post some rainbow sheep, so I need to fix that. Some ideas include: how to use a wiki for your rpg, how to make your own external game site that’s easier to maintain and customise than DW, stuff about forum software, etc.

It’s mostly writing, reading and do some sewing but it’s something to try for, at least?

Fandoms, General, Life, Marvel

In absence of sleep, a blog post.

This site remains far more inactive than I would like, a common problem when it comes to my projects but one I am working on.

There’s been several posts started and then deleted or delayed because of one issue or the other — some because I feel like I have lost myself in a rambling account, others because they weren’t good ideas no matter now articulate I managed to be about them.

Maybe I need to learn to like coffee. 😛

Right now, as you may have guessed from the title, it’s quite late and I’m unable to sleep, not so helpful when I’m hoping to go to the shops in the morning, I just wish it was something more productive than wondering how rich I’d have to be to have a house with an activities room that had both gym equipment and a bowling alley. Maybe a pool too? Or is that too Beverly Hillbillies?

On the plus side, my wordpress dashboard is really nice from the browser on my phone so aside from autocorrect I have few excuses to not just open a page and spit out my thoughts.

Right now I need to return to obsessing stupidly over getting Groot on Avengers Academy though.

Fabrics, General, Needlecrafts

The trouble with toile fabric…

…is that I have none!

I think my fascination has roots in a set of crockery my great grandmother had, it was something like this:

Blue and white toile plate.

Ever since I was a child I loved those plates. They were perhaps a bit “rustic” for a kid, but their intricacies were fascinating and different from the plainer plates most people had. Should I ever move out, there’s a similar dinner and tea set that I mean to get for myself… as well as way too many colourful and mismatched teacups and saucers, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Traditionally, toile, more properly known as toile de jouy is a two coloured pattern, mostly used on fabric but sometimes on wallpaper and items like the above-mentioned crockery and were typically pastoral or floral in nature. These days, though? There are all sorts, I mean just look at these beautiful fabrics (linked where possible to their sources). Continue reading