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  2. The trick is to find an Archive of Our Own user with similar tastes to yours, and go down the rabbit hole of their bookmarks.
  3. I tried reading Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin's history of the Targaryens, but abandoned it after 50 pages because it was written as a history should be, and that's not what I want from my fiction. (I've been trying to figure out the best number of pages to give a book before giving up on it. I read somewhere - probably in Austin Kleon's blog - that librarian and expert reader's advisor Nancy Pearl says 50 pages of your 50 or younger, otherwise subtract your age from 100 and use that number.) Every once in a while something cool would happen, but no dialogue or internal monologue killed it for me. I was thinking that maybe I should find some dystopian books where the good guys win, but instead decided to get back to hopepunk. So now I'm reading Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths and loving it. Rowland coined the term hopepunk, but I'm not sure if Rowland's own books are hopepunk.
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  5. Me, too. I have been waiting for Book 3 ever since Book 2 was published. I bought the books first. Then I bought the audio cassettes! Then the CDs. And now the digital versions. That’s how much I love those books. I did hear Koontz speak once (yes, I am that much of a Koontz fan) and he said that he didn’t want to do book 3 until he knew he could do justice to Christopher Snow & Co. He did say he had an idea that there might not be a #3, which made everyone booo. Every time I re-listen I mentally send him all sorts of good plot ideas. Or at least, I think they don’t suck. I know there is fan-fic out there, but I have never been one to read fan-fic for some reason. Probably the terrible writing of some of it, and the outrageous plots (“Snow would NEVER do that!”). I LOVE THE ANIMAL TALKING GUY. I love all the dogs and cats in general who show up to help at important plot points. Plus, I love the voice of the Dog that Keith SBJ does in the audio versions. “Squirrel. Squirrel. Lots of squirrels. Squirrels chasing squirrels. Squirrels having squirrel sex. Squirrel pee! That’s the best smell, squirrel pee!” BEST.
  6. I really love this tip! It makes so much sense to do it when the shirt is way more malleable than it will be when the side seams are sewn. And I, too, as you might imagine, am totally comfortable with imperfections. 🙂 Excited to give it a try later today!
  7. YAYYYYYY!!!! If the collar seems fiddly, it's because it is a little bit. You can use your sewing machine to baste the collar edge shut (i.e., fold in half and sew the flap "shut"). This means you're working with TWO edges instead of THREE as attach your collar to your neck hole. The disadvantage of basting is that it will almost definitely be a little too small (it won't stretch to fit the neck hole) so you're more likely to end up with a pucker somewhere. (The fiddly factor is another reason I like doing it at the beginning before I get tired and less patient.) Let me know how you get on with the collar! ❤️
  8. @emmajane! Thank you for this incredible gift! I've got the shoulder seams sewn on my trial shirt. I managed to dig up scrap fabric so I'm not making my first attempt with stuff I love. Your videos have cleared up so many questions I had! I'll post pics soon. ❤️❤️❤️
  9. I've been trying to do morning pages. Kind of off and on right now as I don't always get the time to just sit and write without interruptions. Often they become "Evening Pages" and I do them right before heading to bed. I HAVE been doing more creative stuff lately after a long period of not doing ANYTHING. That really started before the shutdown and has just continued through this. I'm not sure if the writing got me creating again or if it was just the right time for me to get back to it. Maybe a bit of both? I did get Julia Cameron's book "It's Never Too Late To Begin Again" from the library. I figure that will speak to me more right now. After moving to the US a year ago, I am now unemployed and want to make a serious career change to do something art- related. I think just putting pen to paper again has helped. When I was younger, I always wrote when I was going through something and it really helped to free myself from whatever was bothering me. I think now writing helps by just getting things out on paper. But I feel like maybe I'm not doing the whole "Morning Pages" thing right because I am not having any real epiphanies doing it. 😛
  10. Thanks Kimberly and Sandi for sharing your blog links. It is nice to read something *real* online for a change. Kimberly, you have reminded me how much I love the Muppets. I'm thinking I need to re-watch all the movies now. 🙂 I have a blog somewhere out there on the Internet, but am not sure how to access it. I think right now it has a grand total of 1 post on it. But I have been thinking of starting a daily journal so that will be my project to start this weekend. Looking forward to seeing more posts from both of you. Laurie
  11. Welcome to Community of Creative Adventurers! Browse around and get to know the others, and be sure to introduce yourself. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    During this time of physical distancing, we are holding weekly video hangouts on Zoom for all community members. We also have an always-on video chat room you are welcome to use anytime. Find information on the dates and times of our Zoom hangouts, the link to and members' plans for the video chat room, and other plans folks are cooking up for staying socially and creatively connected right here.

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  13. Last one!! Hemming. I didn’t show you how to fold up the edge of your fabric and pin it in place, but I did show you a few different zig zag stitches and how they shouldn’t break. I’m wearing my tshirt now and it’s Obvs my favourite thing ever. One down, three more to go (I’ll wash this one first as I was naughty and didn’t pre wash my fabric). Looking forward to any questions you’ve got!
  14. ❤️ I've got one more set of steps (hemming)! Let me know how you get on with the vids. I have plans to make at least another three tshirts. If there was something that wasn't clear the first time and you want a different way of understanding it it'll be super easy for me to (re)do a video. Or if you just need cheerleading we can try to coordinate to do a hangouty thing if you want!
  15. Thank you so much for this, @emmajane! I lost my momentum to do this (uh, shocker), but this is exactly the kind of project I need, and I'm going to set things up tomorrow or Friday! YAY!
  16. Checking the fit (because you basically have a tshirt now so why wouldn't you pop it on and see how it fits?!)
  17. Sewing the side seams: This video could have probably used a wider angle...🙄 let me know if it doesn't really make sense and I can do-over on the next tshirt I make...
  18. Sewing the neckline. Doing this step now instead of later means your neckline won't get all stretched out of whack. I got this tip from https://www.thelaststitch.com/. She has great resources (videos, patterns, blog posts) and unlike my videos her camera doesn't bounce off the table when she sews. 🤣
  19. Next set of videos are on their way! Sewing the shoulder seams:
  20. Hi @angelak *waving back* 😃 I haven't read the October Daye series, never even heard of it but I just popped over and ordered it from the library (not that the library is open right now). Thanks for the suggestion! I'm about halfway through The Garden of Small Beginnings. I'm enjoying it although I don't like the main character as much as I liked Nina Hill. but I REALLY liked Nina Hill. I do enjoy the children in Abbi Waxman's books though, they are always interesting.
  21. I wish he would write the third book too!! I did listen to both in audio book format and you are right, the narrator is wonderful!
  22. Welcome to Community of Creative Adventurers! Browse around and get to know the others, and be sure to introduce yourself. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    During this time of physical distancing, we are holding weekly video hangouts on Zoom for all community members. We also have an always-on video chat room you are welcome to use anytime. Find information on the dates and times of our Zoom hangouts, the link to and members' plans for the video chat room, and other plans folks are cooking up for staying socially and creatively connected right here.

  23. Welcome to Community of Creative Adventurers! Browse around and get to know the others, and be sure to introduce yourself. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    During this time of physical distancing, we are holding weekly video hangouts on Zoom for all community members. We also have an always-on video chat room you are welcome to use anytime. Find information on the dates and times of our Zoom hangouts, the link to and members' plans for the video chat room, and other plans folks are cooking up for staying socially and creatively connected right here.

  24. If you can afford it, or if you are an Audible member (good prices sometimes), or if your library has it, I highly highly recommend the audiobooks. All of them are now on audiobooks, great narrator, and it is wonderful to have someone read to you!
  25. That makes me want to tell you about the time my friend created a whole class for me called Holy Butterfly Valkyrie. (I came up with the name, but he actually made rules to go with it.)
  26. We'll call it half-LARPing, then. If we'd been running around we'd've injured ourselves and each other! One day I'll tell you about the sock full of ball-bearings Greg gave me earlier in our campaign. Because he gets me, and the rogue alter-ego I've created.
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