May 29, 2015

Get to know your fellow blogger: Katrin

katrin from land of Candy Canes
This week's blogger is: Katrin from Land of Candy Canes
[ Part I: About blogging ]
01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I only have one blog. I started it a couple of years ago. I do not find as much time as I want to for my blog at the moment but I hope I will be able to get back to writing more often soon.

02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
I write about the things that are close to my heart: my animals, books, my daily life, being vegan, food, animal rights and so on.

03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
It's definitely both. I write about the things that are important for me.

04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
It is named after a song.

05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I do have such a list. I have met some wonderful people because of my blog and I enjoy reading their blogs very much. There are all kinds of blogs....personal blogs, blogs about books, vegan-related topics, art, lifestyle and so on.

May 23, 2015

Unpopular Since 2006

April of this year marked my 9th year as a blogger. Since I've blogged so long, I thought I share some secrets to being unpopular in the blogosphere:

01/ Be unsociable: Skip out on all social networking - this includes Facebook, Twitter or whatever media that usually drives you to insanely tap the keys of your phone just to keep up.

02/ Lose confidently: don't bother chasing back the readers that have left you.

03/ Be unconventional: Follow blogs by going directly to them and reading them and maybe even leave a comment or two.

04/ Don't show yourself too much: Post things about yourself in very subtle instances and with as few words as possible. Don't even mention any real details.

05/ Keep things long: Post long posts that somehow doesn't get read.

06/ Quote everybody: Say what you want with someone else's words.

07/ Answer only if you want to: Reply to comments & questions only when you feel like it.

08/ Be very selective: Comment on blogs that you like and only when you feel like it.

09/ Be nosy: Tell people when there is something wrong with their blogs, i.e., broken links, missing images & such.

10/ Post at irregular times and sometimes not at all: Only post when you want to.

11/ Celebrate everything: Celebrate blog anniversaries, reaching a large amount of posts, birthdays, other people's birthdays, holidays you probably have not even heard of, etc.

12/ Don't apology for anything: not for your blogging absence; not for being unable to comment; not for declining blog awards; not for being unable to participate in surveys, series; not for being unable to return a blog visit; etc.

What do you do that makes you/your blog unpopular?

Note: list is updated from 2013

May 22, 2015

Get to know your fellow blogger: Christine

This week's blogger is: Christine from Christine's Blog

[ Part I: About blogging ]
01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I have 2...Christine's Blog and What's Happening

02/ What are your blogs about? Do you have tag lines?


Christine's Blog is 'a life journal' ; 

What's Happening is about 'things that grab my attention.' 

I'm not really sure what a tagline is.  I don't have the slogan registered anywhere.



03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?


My blog is a reflection of me because I tend to include things that interest me or that I find beautiful. I will also include snippets of my personal life, family and friends.



04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog? 
I didn't give it much thought, to be honest...Christine's Blog...plain and simple! 



05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I do have a blogroll consisting of both longtime and new blog friends.  It seems to be an assortment of friends with different interests.  Being a loyal sort, I tend to stay in touch for a long time.



May 19, 2015

Little Red in the woods

'Little Red in the woods' 
closeup 1
closeup 2
This week's Creative Tuesdays' theme is 'fairy tale tree.' This piece is half based on 'Little Riding Hood.' I don't remember the tale but I do remember it involves the woods.  The colorful things surrounding the girl and the trees represent flowers & plants or maybe they are just colorful plants that only existed in this drawing. The dots are actually Photoshop brushes that I changed sizes and colors and sort of fake paint them over each other. Click on 'closeup 2' to see them better. The original line drawing is here.

Note: I've turned off the Lightbox feature for the images. This way, you can see the images in their larger size when you click on them.

May 17, 2015

Sunday Sketch

'into the woods' line drawing
at left is the first version & at right is the final version

I do not really makes sketches unless I don't know how to draw something. For this piece, I redrew the girl because I didn't like how she looked but now that I look at it, I seem to have aged her a bit. These are not actually blue, I make them that way so you can see it easier.

For more Sunday Sketch, go here.

May 15, 2015

Get to know your fellow blogger: Carrie

Carrie from Carrie Loves
Here is the first blogger for the 'Get to know your fellow blogger' Q&A series: Carrie from Carrie Loves

[ Part I: About blogging ]

01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I have one blog at carrieloves.com

02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
My tagline is life. love. design. and I tend to blog about blog design as well as entertainment (though, just what's entertaining to me), plus little snippets about my life here and there.

03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
It's a little bit of both. I only have one blog so I like to incorporate both my creative and personal posts.

04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Oh, gosh. When I first started my blog it was back in 2007 and I called it Carrie & the Koehmstedts. Super long title, I know! I snagged up koehmstedt.com and blogged under that name for a while. Then, I switched the name to Carrie Loves... I was dabbling with another blog called Carrie Loves posting all of the things I wanted to buy - Carrie Loves this and Carrie Loves that. I eventually did away with that and adopted the name to my blog so that koehmstedt.com became carrieloves.com. It's so much easier to read, spell and pronounce.


05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I do and I don't. I have a feed list set up over on Bloglovin' that I read everyday, but I don't have a list set up on my blog for other people to check out. And, my feed list ranges from humor to DIY to blog designers to friends and family. I like using Bloglovin' to read blogs because it only gives you a snippet of the post + picture and when you click for more you're taken to the actual blog. Going to someone's blog is great for a number of reasons, but my two favorite are that it bumps up their traffic numbers and I get to check out their blog designs (it's always a bonus when I find a redesign... it's my favorite kind of surprise!)

May 12, 2015

Daring to say 'yes'

this piece is titled 'girl of autumn'
this has nothing to do with the post but I thought it's something to look at if you do not like reading

I've started sending out emails for a new Q&A series which I will post on this blog. This new series is my way of getting to know some of my fellow bloggers without actually meeting them in person.

Normally, I wouldn't do this. In person, I would never dare to even ask a single question unless I am really encouraged to do so.  But as I prepared emails after emails, I was still in the process of going against myself and cancel the whole thing but somehow, I sent out that first email without much thinking and even as I regretted it a little, I was happy that I've done it. There is the 50/50 chance of someone saying 'no' but there is also the 50/50 chance of someone saying 'yes'.

There was once a story that read in which John Lennon visited a Yoko Ono show. In one of the installation, you walk up to a ladder and there is a word on the ceiling. The word is 'yes.' And some said that was what make Lennon fell in love with Ono. Well, I don't know if that is true but the reference to the installation was something I still remember.  I thought that was the most positive thing that I have read and I wished I had been there to see that word.

So, 'yes', this is the most daring that I can get. Of cause, it really is easier not being able to see people's faces as they read my request. Answering 20 questions is kind of time consuming so I am very grateful for those who said yes. Thank you for saying 'yes'.

I've decided I will stop this series if I get 10 bloggers to answer my questions. I find it to be exhausting to come up with questions that aren't too cliche or too non-specific. I have a series of 10 questions about blogs and 10 personal type of questions. But strangely, half way in making up these questions, I switch out some questions to fit each particular blogger. I don't know know why I did that. I only know I've already formatted that way and now I cannot change it. It's one of those strange habit where I like things to be the same, like a pair of shoes but maybe some of you know what I'm talking about?

Also, I have updated my introduction/hello page. There's still no picture but then again, there probably will never be one. I really do not want to find myself on the net.

And if you are reading this directly from the blog, you can see that I've changed the look of the blog just a little bit. It is now more of a minty palette. I used to have a blog with this minty palette and I loved it and so now, here's another. I hope you like it.

P.S., if you get a long email from me, please read it or at least read the first few sentences and maybe the last few ones as well. Hope you all have a lovely day.


May 8, 2015

A Book List

If there's nothing's else to talk about I could always talk about books. So here's a list. I tried not to write any spoilers but it's kind of hard to do so I didn't used specifics.

01/ A book that jabs and cuts into my mind:
When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt


I still find this book rather hard to get over. I remember how much I hated that guy for almost destroying the main character by his one cruel act. I grieved over her and her hardship and amazed that she could go through all those awful things and still finds her way out and into a better life. This book makes me feel very humble. I just wish I had read it sooner.
02/ A book that I have read and immediately loved:
Postcards From a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber 

I am not much into re-reading but this one, I have reread a couple of times and still find it funny. And every time I re-read it, it's still funny. Of cause, it is a little sad too but I had a good feeling whenever I read it.  
03/ A book series that I read very quickly:
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I dislike book series, trilogy, quadrilogy - I mean, if each book is a stand alone, than I don't might as much. 
But there is an exception: The Harry Potter series. I read the series in just a few days. I did saw the first movie before starting on the books but that did not make it less enjoyable. I still wish Harry's future wife was somebody else. I really did not root for her at all. In fact, I find her the mostly unlikely to be his wife. I suppose it's best not to read the ending if I re-read the series.

04/ A book that I wish had a better ending:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

There are several books I could put on this list but I choose Stardust. I do like the book but the ending seems a little weak to me. I mean, if you have been chasing after something for so long and so hard, then giving it up at the very last moment just seems kind of dumb. Okay, maybe she had already lost but still whatever happen to fighting until the bitter end? I think the movie ending was a little better.
05/ A book that I skimmed while reading:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

There is a short list but I choose Little Women. I know this is like everybody's favorite book but I just can't seem to like it.  Perhaps reading it while as an adult isn't a good idea. I think that must be part of why I don't like it as much as I should. I mean, it has a would-be writer, some fun elements, characters I'm sure I would have liked better if I had read it at a younger age.  I skimmed this book. A lot. I just can't seem to like Jo or Amy or Meg expect for Beth, though I did found her story a bit weak as I think she deserves better than that ending.
Feel free to reply with your 5 books.

May 5, 2015

The sailor mermaid

The sailor mermaid (click on image for a larger view)
closeups (click on image for a larger view)

This week's Creative Tuesdays' theme is 'wet.'  I was going to draw something with umbrellas and rain but that didn't happen but this piece came about instead. She gets her legs wet and then becomes a mermaid and the bottles with various things is her way of sending gifts to creatures down below. At least, that's what I think.