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Friday, October 16, 2015

Old Post New Home: Thegirl who can't write is writing a book

((This was posted on my companies' old blog, which I will be taking down, because it moved. It was kinda therapeutic for me to write this, so I didn't want to lose it. So, if you have read/seen this twice you know why <3 .="" br="">

When I was in ninth grade we got the most awesome summer assignment ever - read three books and write reports about them. Now, while this would not excite the normal kid, I was over the moon. I mean the book list we got had the Hobbit on it! C'mon the chance to read one of my favourite books for the billionth time and then write a report on what I thought about it?! Who would not want to spend their summer doing that?

At the start of tenth grade, after handing in our assignments for the summer, we received them back the next week and the teacher was /pissed/. Everyone had copied their reports from the internet except one person... My face lit up, I was the good kid, how cool was I to write those reports? I kicked those book reports asses, I won!

"And I only know they didn't copy their reports from the internet, because they were written so badly." - Sayeth my first HS English teacher who shall remain nameless



And that was the start of my professional writing career. For the last three years of HS I tried to impress my English teachers and I mean tried hard. I went to an international school, which means that we were all dorks who studied and tried hard (by public school standards at least), but when I wasn't slaying dragons online or drooling over my high school sweetheart I was trying desperately to be a  'good writer'.

I finally realized I was not a 'good writer' in 12th grade when our new English teacher, the one considered the 'cool' friendly guy, was giving back our creative writing assignments and he handed one paper to my classmate who hated English and said, "When writing some of us apply a scalpel, finely plying our words to create a masterpieces and other of us... have a sledgehammer." My assignment was then plopped on my desk.

What was I doing wrong? When I RPed on neopets.com I was always allowed on the literate forms, I was even banned for a few days for my really cool use of metaphors! Ugh, I was never going to be a writer.



It wasn't till I reached University that I ever dreamed that I would be able to write something that meant anything to anyone aside for me. I kept role playing throughout cause that was fun, but I never really shook the idea that I could not write. However, during one of my poetry classes my possibly favorite professor of all time saw something in my work. Before I knew it she had helped me publish my poems and my dream of writing had its Renaissance.

I had no idea what I was going to do with all my creative gumption, but at least I could write my semi-saucy fiction with confidence now.

Later in my University career I met the ladies who I consider to be my best friends today. I met them through the greatest hobby on earth - role play and we became very close friends. These ladies always believed in what I wrote, even when I sent them pieces for their characters at 4am in the morning and every fifth word had a typo. Each time I sent something I got a yay or a thanks omg I luv ittttttt <3 b="">back. However, I think the best thank you I ever got was when one of these ladies recommended me to a contact she knew who wrote for Wizards of the Coast's Living Forgotten Realms. She told her contact I could write and suggested I should write for them.

Now with having written my share of adventures for another company, I am finally ready to publish my own works and stories. I can't wait to share them with others and I hope you love them as much as I do.

I guess the moral of this story is don't let others who should not really matter in your life get you down. Listen to the people who love you and if you want to write a friggen book about cool friggen people who do cool magical shit while fighting with their own cool soap-opera level drama you go do it!





Friday, September 4, 2015

DIY Tutorial - Mini Doll Houses

Recently on my G+ page I have been posting a lot of pictures of these tiny 'doll houses' I have made. Since I have been so busy in my life etc. making these tiny creations has really been a big form of stress relief for me. You can get one done in an evening or two and the result is totally adorable and pleasing.
 

I first found out about miniature doll houses on the blog Open House Miniatures. They talk about the history and origin of these things, so if you are interested in that please give their blog a look. There is also a tutorial on the blog, but I found it rather confusing, because I wanted to make my own houses rather than the print out provided in the tutorial.


So... I have created this tutorial for you on how to make your own folding doll house! My only request is that when you have finished one please let me see a picture, I think they are so cool.

Materials
  • Card stock
  • Plain printer paper
  • Clear/white glue (like Elmer's Glue)
  • Scissors
  • Markers, pencils, whatever you want to use to draw your doll house.

Step 1
Cut out all your squares of paper, you need 12 in total. I make my rooms 11/4 x 11/4 inch large, but you can make them any size you'd like. I used to make them slightly larger, but I think smaller looks cooler and I was able to buy a handy hole punch that would allow me to make these squares easily.
Step 2
Draw each of yours rooms! In total you will have four rooms that have two walls and one floor. Decorate the rooms however you like :D. There isn't a right or wrong way to do this, for example, here I made a tiny Tardis.
Step 3
Now it is time to start gluing. (A tl;dr gluing guide is at the end of this post.) Take your plain piece of paper and make 7 strips of paper around half an inch thick and double the length of your rooms. These are the strips you'll use to join the rooms together. Then lay out all your rooms like this. As you can see you have four rooms - a, b, c, and d. Each has a wall on the right _R, wall on the left _L, and a floor _F.


Step 4
First, we glue the right walls (R) to the floors (F). Spread a bit of glue along the bottom edge of room aR and attach one strip of paper to the bottom, lengthwise so that half of the paper is still visible.


Then put some glue on the top of the floor aF, place it face down on top of aR, with the glue side facing the paper strip, fold the paper strip over the exposed glue.


Repeat this process for all rooms.


Once the glue has dried trim the excess paper from either side of your rooms.

It is really important that you manually fold the paper strip over your room tiles and that you don't try to guesstimate where you should place the tiles or fold the paper strip in half and glue them on. The method of folding the paper makes sure that you have enough space between tiles so that your miniature doll house can fold together properly. Without enough space it will fold wonky and slanted.

Step 5
Now, starting with room b, glue another strip on the left, back side of bR.


Attach bR to bL using the same method as we used for the floor. Repeat this process for all room except a. Let the piece dry and cut off the excess paper from the strips.


Step 6
All your rooms should now be looking like this:


Now, glue the back of aR to bL.


The glue the back of cR to the back of dL.


They'll look like this when you are done:


Now, glue the back of bR to back of cL.


Finally, glue aL to the back of dR. At this point you can also add some squares of paper to the bottom of the house, to hide the paper strips on the bottom, if you think it would look nicer (I always do that :D).


And there you have it! Your very own miniature folding doll house!


I ended up adding some stamps to mine to snazz it up a bit!



Update: Someone asked me what the doll house looks like folded up. So here is a pic of that and also one where it is folded flat!


I hope you have fun making these and let me see your creations!

xx
Liz

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Quick Gluing Guide


  • With paper strips glue - aR to aF, bR to bF, cR to cF, and dR to dF. Let dry & trim strips.
  • With paper strips glue - bL to bR, cL to cR, and dL to dR. Let dry & trim strips.
  • Glue - aR to bL, cR to dL, bR to cL, and aL to dR.
  • Done!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Breakup cards

So, I have a friend who is going through a particularly bad breakup. The kind that pretty much makes you question your sanity and what the hell you are doing in life. That rips up your heart and shoves it down your throat so you are constantly walking around with a lump that makes you want to cry.

Breakups friggen suck. They suck so hard.

I made these cards for him. If you're gonna suffer you might as well do it with a greeting card.












I am mostly speaking to my friend now, but also in part to anyone who is going through a break up or has had someone break up with them. You are amazing. You'll get through this and you will be a better person for it. If your ex can't see the amazing person you are, screw them! And I don't mean in the utterly messy break-up sex way. I can't wait to see the fantastic things you are gonna do in the future. You're stronger than this!

xx
Liz

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Disclaimer thing: The lyrics I used on these cards aren't mine and I don't own them. They are all from epic break up songs, if you don't know them you really need to YouTube all of them, like right now. Alanis Morissette - You oughta know, Faith Hill - Cry, Natalie Imbruglia - Torn, Bonnie Raitt - I can't make you love me.

Monday, August 3, 2015

RPGaDay 3: Pillars of Eternity

The topic of today's #RPGaDay is 'Favourite new game in the last 12 months'. This is easy - Pillars of Eternity.



I am not sure if I am allowed to post a video game for this... probably not, but Pillars of Eternity are fantastic and reminds me of Baldur's Gate. It is also the type of game that you don't want to start if you don't have times to invest in it... cause it is friggen addictive!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

RPGaDay 1: WITCH

So, after this post of shameless self promotion for #rpgaday I am only going to pimp my most favourite games aside from my own, but for my answer today the my most anticipated rpg is WITCH!


I Kickstarted my game WITCH back in March and we are well on out way to being done. It is set to release in November. WITCH is a dark, modern fantasy role play game where you play a member of the Fated a witch or warlock who has sold their soul to a demon for power. The game centers heavily on persona drama and weaving a character's epic story into the main plot of the game. It is about triumphing over seemingly insurmountable odds and discovering yourself... and magic!

Out magic system is pretty special (I think ^_^). Unlike normal rpgs we don't limit how much you can cast, you can cast your magic as much as you want! However, your chance for catastrophic failure increases each time you do, so the question comes down to how much you are willing to gamble in order to get things done.

I work with a lovely group of ladies on this project from people who keep me within my deadlines and in the realm of common sense to amazing illustrators. You can read more about them on the website :D

If this all sounds interesting to you, I hope you'll give us a look at angryhamsterpublishing.com

On to the next day!

xx
Liz

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vegaupdate!

Okay, first I need to apologize for something! It is was jerky of me to say that the recipes I posted before only kinda looked good. They looked totally good, even before I tried them, so I just wanted to say that!

Now, you are probably wondering - how has it been Liz?! 

It has been going... well! Which I find extremely scary. When am I going to crash from this thing? I think there are a few reasons for this. The first is my husband and I eat out once or twice a week and, like I said in my first post, when I go to eat out I eat whatever I want (including meat, dairy and eggs).

Secondly, my diet hasn't changed much (except for eating way more desert... only for the sake of trying of recipes of course ^^). Erik and I used to eat vegetarian a lot, because biological meat is so expensive. When I cooked veggie food, I often cooked Thai, because it is delicious. There is no dairy in Thai food and while I used to use a lot of eggs, I have stopped doing that and replaced them with more veggies. Easy and simple!

Mug cake - actually good!
Aside from Thai, I mainly cook Italian, which has been slightly harder... I mean I love throwing cheese on everything. But a really lovely friend on FB suggested this recipe for making fake cheese (or Feese as I am calling it). I will be trying this on the weekend!

Thirdly, CHOCOLATE. I found out that the fairtrade chocolate I love is vegan. /dies/happy/forever/ I was so happy I even took a picture with it, you can see me and my chocolate above. Loving each other and taking selfies with each other.

Finally, I failed on one point hard core. Like many of you out there (I think) I assumed that wine was vegan. Guess what? Most wine isn't -_-. This is basically because producers aren't willing to wait the time that is needed for wine to get yummy, so they add crap into it. You can read all about it in this blog post. Guess what? I LOVE WINE. Luckily, my other love, whiskey, is vegan. So, when I go out I have made the switch from wine to whiskey.

I was kind of disappointing to find out about wine. Mostly, because I went to a big bbq with all my friends and while smelling the delicious spare ribs on the grill I was consoling myself with nice bottle of rosé. Allllll to myself. Don't judge. At the end of the night I was super proud of myself for only eating veggies (and super tipsy), even though I had told myself I could eat whatever I wanted when going to a friends for dinner. -_- Meh, whatever. I still feel like this was a win.

Now! I promised you pics of what I was eating, I tried to get as artistic as possible with these. Here you go:

Cookie dough bars
Verdict: Yum!
Do I miss the dairy: Nope
These bars were super yummy. Anything that lets you eat spoonfuls of raw dough is yummy. Period. They say you can use real butter in this, I used vegan margarine, which I actually recommend to anyone making this recipe. These bars are /heavy/ I could barely get through one and I can imagine if you use real butter they are even heavier. 

Pad see ew
Verdict: Yum!
Do I miss the oyster sauce/eggs: Yes :(
This was delicious and it is something I make often with a fried egg on top. It basically tasted exactly the same as before, but it missed that bit of magic. The crackly fried egg white, the runny yellow yoke, the five teaspoons of fish sauce I would dump on it after everything was done as my husband looked on in horror :P. Also, I swear I could taste that there was no oyster sauce. Saying all that, I think this is a mental thing. The way you eat things as a kid just has a special magic to it!

Red lentil dhal
Verdict:Tasty
Do I miss anything: Nope!
Now, this does not taste anything like any dhal I've had/made before, but that isn't to say it wasn't tasty. If you are making this and it is just two of you, half or even quarter the recipe, cause it really makes a lot. Also, the blogger suggests only 10 minutes cook time for the lentils, which in my opinion was way too short. I ended up cooking mine for 30 mins.
Cashew coconut rice
Verdict: Yum! Yum! Yum!
Do I miss anything: Nope!
Hehe, I just realized you can't see any of the actual food under all the coriander and fried onions I put on top. However, this was my favorite meal of the entire week. It was delicious and easy! There is a lot of chopping in the recipe so I bought a bag of shredded cabbage and mixed veggies to save myself some heartache.


Veggie Bolognese
Verdict: Nice
Do I miss meat: Eh.
When I make a bolognese, like really decide I want to make one, I dump at least a bottle of wine in it and let it stew for a minimum of a few hours. For a quick dish that tastes nice, but is not a bolognese, this is really tasty! 


Franken cupcake: Cupcake - Icing
Verdict: YUM!
Do I miss dairy: Nope.
You can see my lovely assistant Femke in the picture here! Okay, I was more like her assistant as she did all the work and I danced around the kitchen with my camera :P. People, these were /goooooood/! Actually, this chocolate cupcake recipe is my normal go-to chocolate cupcake recipe, because it is so moist and delicious. I found it a year ago and I have never looked back! But, because Femke is allergic to nuts (and I didn't want to kill her) we decided to go with a cookies and cream frosting instead of the peanutbutter one I normally use.

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Well, that is all for now, I hope you enjoyed my blog post. Next time I blog about this I have decided to delve into the world of fake meat (Feat), which kind of terrifies me. 

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been supportive and given me lots of tasty recipes to try. I was hoping my blogging about this that I would be able to talk to friends I know about vegan food and what I should eat. So for everyone who has been helpful, thank you so much & lots of love!

xx
Liz 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Going Vegan. Kinda. With recipes that look good. Kinda.

So, yesterday after running I went onto my FB feed and the first thing I see (and click) is this video:

WARNING: This is really sad, but not graphic.

So, granted the fact that I am always overly emotional after running added to my guttural reaction to this video. But, it is still horrible. Naturally, this lead me to say, but this doesn't happen in all countries right? Then I youtubed 'baby chicks grinder' and my world basically shattered.

Last year I started to buy biological meat after watching other horrible youtube videos ....I should really be banned from the site... Any way, I had decided I liked meat, but that I only wanted to eat it from animals that had a happy life before they died. Now, I realize that there is a lot of corruption in the biological meat industry, that what you might be getting isn't really biological, but it was my sincere belief that by creating demand for these types of products, that at one point it would create change.

Buying bio meat/dairy was good for me and my partner, because it meant/means we eat a lot more veggies, because meat is fricken expensive. One bio chicken breast at the AH is six-friggen-euros. Ain't nobody got money for that!

Then, yesterday, I saw baby chickens getting thrown in meat grinders while they were still conscious and proceeded to watch horrible videos of this happening all over the world O_O.

So yeah, I need a cooling off period. 


I love meat so much. I love you. You are so tasty. Your fat adds deliciousness to everything... If I could eat a bacon-topped-fried-crackling meal every meal I would, because you are so tasty and I love you.

But we have to break up for a while. I also have to break up with my other lover, eggs, because apparently that leads to baby chicks being thrown in the chipper... And f&%! it I am just going to swear off cheese/dairy too, cheese you sexy beast, you delicious melty, sexy beast... cause I am pretty sure if I youtube something about your industry it will make me cry, again.


To accommodate this, because I don't think I can go cold turkey. I have made a few promises to myself! When I go over to other people's houses to eat, I am going to eat whatever they put in front of me. 1) Because my friends are great cooks and I want to eat their food. 2) Because I know how stressful it is trying to cook different meals for people and I would prefer not to ask that. Also, I love myself some fancy dinners out, so when I got out to eat, I am going to eat whatever the heck I want. Finally, I'm still gonna make my partner meat, because he likes it and I can't force him to do this with me. 

And I am going to keep doing this till I don't see dead baby chick on top of each piece of anything that I eat.

So, after making these promises I was like - what the hell am I going to eat (that is tasty) ±6 days out of the week?! I did some googling and I found the following recipes. Next week, I am going to do another blog post tell you if they were tasty (or not) and be honest about it... cause I am from the school of thought which decrees, "butter makes everything better." And  I will also takes photos of everything so you can see what these recipes actually look like made by a normal non-food blogger. 

Here we go (click the title to go to the recipe!):




Actually, I make this all the time with tofu, and it is delicious... but I thought I'd better share it, because more people should be eating pad thai XD.




Try some of these with me and let me know what you think!

xx
Liz





Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beautiful Sunday - Love wins!

People, I am here to say - I have had a really bad few weeks. As always Tina Belcher, my spirit animal, sums it up perfectly:


But then on Friday something amazing happened and I thought- You know what? It's time for a beautiful Sunday. So, here we go!

I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday. I hope there is someone in your life who accepts you and utterly loves you for everything you are. If there isn't, I hope you know you are amazing and wonderful and that you mean something to this world. I hope that your week has treated you kindly. I hope that people have treated you with the respect the deserve and you've felt the love that everyone needs. I hope this post will make your Sunday a bit brighter.

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First off, LOVE finally won this week! Marriage equality is now a thing is all 50 states of the USA!

Now, listen to this, let Stevie Nicks' sing to your soul:


When I was 10, I decided that I wanted to try to be one of the cool kids and listen to music, cause that was the cool thing to do at the time. So I went to the coolest person I knew, my mom, and I asked her to buy me some CDs. She came back to me with three CDs: Bananaramma's Bananaramma, Madonna's Immaculate Collection, and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. The year was 1997. I listened to all these CDs religiously and after summer break I was ready to impress all the new, cool friends I was going to make...

Well, that's enough of that story. At least I was a kid with a 'unique' taste in music.

Moving swiftly along...

Learning to Leave by Cynthia Shepard
Have you heard of Cynthia Shepard? She is a digital artist and has worked for RPG companies like Lamentations of the Flame Princess and Wizard's of the Coast. Yeah, she is a big deal and when you look at her work there is no wonder why. She has a lot of greys in her pallet, but the depth that she brings to these pieces is just amazing. Below is my favourite piece of hers, just beautiful.

Heart of Fire by Cynthia Shepard

Also, do you like pop art and burlesque? I know I do!

Sturdy and Mimi by Sarah Richardson
+Sarah Richardson and I recently had a discussion about a project she did for art school. Basically, she got to go to a bunch of burlesque bars and sketch beautiful women. Yes, I am also jealous. Then again, Sarah is an amazing illustrator and her works for this book really bring me happiness. I think they capture the heart of burlesque, the joy, and the excitement. Don't have the book yet? You really should, and lucky for you she still has copies!

Finally, play this!  Monster Loves You!


I found this game on Steam ($9.99) and it is well worth the money. I bought it because it combined two things in my life I always need - monsters and the incessant need for love and acceptance. This game is a choose your own story game where you grow from a tiny monster in the spawning pit to either making peace between humans and monsters OR inciting a species war that decimates one (or both populations).

This game was utter stress relief for me. The choice you make matter, but they aren't at the "now I am going to cry into my controller because I made Liara angry? How did I make her angry? She is never angry at any one!" level. If you like monsters, cute things, and a fun story this is the game for you! Also, because of all the choice in the game, it has tons of re-playability. There are so many endings, I have played it five times now and I haven't gotten to all of them.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

xx
Liz

PS - Have you played Monster Loves You!? Do you also think Blotz is an ass? Let me know and let's form a fan club!