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Today, I focus on another aspect of my art: drawing. Sketching People by Lynne Chapman is part of the Urban Sketching series.

Urban Sketchers, for those who don't know, is a group of people who meet to draw and sketch in urban areas. There are many groups around the world (including one here in Seoul), but one only has to sketch in an urban setting to be an urban sketcher.

Living in Korea, I feel that most of the places I can sketch are fairly urban. Seoul is ranked 16th in population size (before NYC at 24, which is the 1st US city on the list).

I love the concept of sketching, and want to improve my drawing abilities (hence doing Inktober this past month). I found that I didn't know how to sketch people. Places are static, and I felt that I had a good handle on them, but people ... ah people. That was another subject.

I looked at a variety of books before settling on this one. Mainly because this book is more like a mentor giving me her secrets and less a teacher telling me w…

What I'm Reading

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This week's book is Modern Weaving by Laura Strutt.

I bought this book two months ago, because I wanted to focus on art weaving. For those who don't know, my weaving tends to go towards fashion, but I enjoy the artistic aspect of weaving, especially tapestries.

Tapestries ... sigh.

Anyway. Modern Weaving is a good visual book, though sometimes, I felt like I was looking at the same thing again and again. It's one of the difficulties of modern art weaving, I believe. It's also one of the reasons why I love tapestry weaving.

If you're new to weaving, or you want to try your hand at something different, this is a good book. It is a project based book, so if you want a more technical book, this isn't it. For that, you will want to check out Tapestry Handbook(review link on title; affiliate link on picture).

Modern Weaving gives an overview of ways to weave and how to make your own frame. It also gives an idea how to use an embroidery hoop as a loom. The thing I liked…

What I'm Reading

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This week, I'm focusing on two books which go together: Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman, and Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA by Becky Stern and Tyler Cooper.

Both of these books are about adding electricity to garments. I bought these books because I wanted to add lights and other elements to my handwoven items.

To begin, we'll focus on the second book, MakeGetting Started with Adafruit FLORA. This book is a mixture of good and bad. We'll begin with the bad - it's all available online at Adafruit's website. There are also many more projects on the website as well, mainly making the book defunct. I bought the book because it's an handy reference for Adafruit's items (which I mainly use exclusively). Since I don't have a printer, and tend to multitask on my laptop, having a book with the basic information is better.

The good parts of the book is that it can go with me. It gives me a good overview of several projects that allow me to do a …

What I'm Reading

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It's been a couple years since I did my last book review, but felt it was time to restart. This time around it will be a bit more eclectic as many of the books will be what's currently on a shelf (physical or digital).

Oftentimes, it will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Some of them are research for novels, some are what I'm currently using for languages, and still others are ways I'm expanding my arts.

First up: Theater of the Mind by Neil Verma.

(side note: if  you click the book link, I receive a small stipend as an associate).

I bought this book earlier this year because I wanted to learn more about audio or radio dramas. The terms are used fairly interchangeably, but audio is becoming more common only because many of the dramas are on podcasts, not radio.

This is not a book about how to write audio dramas, as it's focus is radio dramas. Verma researched the history of radio dramas from the earliest known dramas up through the 1950s.

The book is divided…

NaNoWriMo 2017

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I'm writing this to give everyone a little warning - November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I'm participating in it again this year. That being said, the updates for Mederei's storyline might be delayed once or twice.

Mederei's story is progressing quickly, and I'm working on the next steps to begin publishing again. Often times, I feel like it's the picture above - so many paths to take, but at the same point, all of them take work.

Still, working on NaNoWriMo provides the opportunity to work on a novel I've been wanting to write. It's set in Seoul in the not-to-distant future, but follows an alternate timeline. It's a cyberpunk, with a slightly Utopian world as well. In other words, if a character has money or power, they live in a fairly Utopian world, whereas everyone else doesn't.

I've been wanting to write more stories set here in Korea, and this provides a great chance. I'll post a couple chapters in December as…

Chapter Thirteen - Grotto God

This past week was my birthday. I had a wonderful time hanging out with friends, and playing with yarn another friend had sent me. It's when I play with yarn, whether by knitting or weaving, that I feel the most like one of the Gwion. I hope you have enjoyed the chapters. Post comments down below telling me what you think. 

Outside, the prince had gathered a small entourage and all had gone down to enjoy the beach. "He's staying at the castle," a passing girl gushed. "Someone said he's wooing the daughter. Oh. my. word. I'd die if he'd show up at my place." "I'd almost pay to see him show up at Uncle Cynwal's place," Caradoc said. "You have an evil streak," Hugh grumbled. "Mischievous. Just because I don't like him on matter of principle, doesn't mean I wouldn't mind seeing Mederei kick his sorry arse. I can't at any rate without resorting to violence; Mederei could, and no one would be the wiser, bu…

Chapter Twelve - A New Trial

"So you're going to do the old switcharoo?" Caradoc said once everyone had gathered back at the inn and explained the situation. Caradoc remained in his pajamas, having only awoken because of Mederei, and the other three entering their suite. He was still a little annoyed with being so rudely awaken. "Shouldn't have purchased such a large suite." "We need it," Mederei argued as she set a large cup of coffee in front of him, "if only to remain away from your snoring." Caradoc crossed his arms and rocked in his chair. He had taken the most comfortable chair in the suite, and commanded the room like a prince. "I don't snore," he deigned. "You do," the other four argued. Mithrilanna laughed at them. "Such a wonderful locations. I cannot believe it." That had been the summary of most of what she said on the flight back. She had remained quiet for the actual flight, unable to speak beyond the basics. Hugh had kep…