1 - Unquiet Bones

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. Space is vast and empty and boring… but so is Earth, if you look at it right.

2. Horses only come in sandy chestnut here, the first herd was too small for the other colors to survive the rains. So she dreams in bays and grays and palominos… and wonders how mad her uncle would get if she ‘borrowed’ his hair dye.

3. Cold weather rolls down from the mountains and pools in the valley until the weather witch rolls up her sleeves and knots up the winds to the river.

4. Keeping college students as pets amuses her for a while, but they’ve no respect for antiquity– their lives revolve around finals and midterms. She settles on history-themed graduate students instead and torments them with insights she couldn’t possibly know… that all turn out to be true when they dig.

5. Deacon is less intimidating in person than over the phone, there’s some magic power that keeps him from cussing as loudly (or creatively) when he has to do it to your face.

1 - Unquiet Bones

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. The unicorn snarled, a low rumbling bellow that echoed in her bones.

3. There’s a constant hum throughout the ship, a melodic tone that’s generated to drown out the distracting clicks and whirrs and chirps that keep us alive. The tone’s annoying, but your brain filters one tone out easier than the chaos it’s hiding– at least until someone ‘helpful’ reminds you it exists.

5. Power goes out and the world goes with it. No one cares what’s happening overseas any more than they care what’s happening in a town three hundred miles away.

Note: Two prompts will be missing until monday, as the master copy is on the computer that is currently in storage, sorry! :(

5 - View From the Molehill

Of Fresh Starts and Old Clutter

Clutter Engage!

Clutter Engage!

The house is getting foundation work done next week, which means everything has to be packed and out of the house (or hidden away in the kitchen). On the whole it seems like a pretty simple task: pick things up, put them in a box.

What I really wasn’t ready for was having to admit to myself how much stuff I still own for silly reasons.

I’ve been pretty good the last few years about decluttering, but with a packing matra of ‘Will I use this in the next two weeks?’ it’s becoming apparent I own things I’m not going to use in the next two years.

Or haven’t used in the last ten.

So yeah, packing the house is turning into one of those ‘what is actually important?’ adventures.

But it’s worth it to be shaken out of ruts now and again– growth only comes from focused change, so time to get a’focusing!

*dives back into packing*

3 - Perish Twice

Treadmill Desk + Warcaft, 3 Years Later

Treadmill Desk 3 Years Later

It’s been a little over three years since it seemed like a good idea to turn my gaming adventures into something a bit more challenging.

While I’m still nowhere close to my hour-a-day goal, I’ve come a long way!

At this point I can comfortably play a single character in Diablo or World of Warcraft, dual-box in WoW at varying levels (depending which pair I’m playing), hold my own in an FPS (which I wasn’t that good at sitting still), and not die immediately in StarCraft.

There’s something very comforting about being able to move when you’re playing a game that gets your adrenaline up. It’s not something I’d miss if I was playing a turn-based game, like Civ, but for things like Diablo and WoW– it feels really weird now to have to sit still when I’m playing on other computers.

Overall, the setup hasn’t changed much over the years. I did some tweaks to the height of the keyboard and the mouse (adding towels under the wooden boards), but it’s pretty much the same as it was when I first started.

So if this sounds like fun– I’d highly recommend trying it out! :)

Treadmills don’t cost that much, heck you can pick up used ones on Craigslist for cheap, or brand new from Walmart for under $500. And yeah, mine is pretty much jury-rigged in a way that would make MacGyver proud, but isn’t that half the fun?

(Sure you could buy the whole kit and kaboodle for three grand, but where’s the challenge?)

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Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. Open the door, they whispered from the shadows. Open the door, over and over until his childhood echoed with it.

2. They aren’t transporters so much as replicators, it’s only the law and the failsafes that clean-up the you that’s left behind.

3. Every so often I vow to give up the internet and accomplish something physical instead of virtual– but there are a depressingly few number of respawn points on this planet.

4. The wolves are small coyote-size things, stunted by generations of poor hunting and long winters. The sheep are massive, comparatively, and the canines learn quickly that my mountain flocks are nothing like their dimwitted low-valley cousins.

5. Telepathy depends heavily on your ability to translate the input; it’s more akin to interpretive dance than cryptography.

1 - Unquiet Bones

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. He’s forgotten more in a month than I’ve ever learned and it’s terrifying to watch something so ancient try to fit into a human shell.

2. ‘Happy thoughts’ really depend on who’s thinking them.

3. “This is the last time I save you from stupid choices.”

“I thought last time was the ‘last time’,” he said with a grin. “Come on Aunt Marg, you know you love the chance to tell Mom she was wrong.”

“The last time,” Margery repeated… and she almost meant it.

4. Raindrops are larger here, due to the gravity and atmosphere, and he spends a few lazy hours watching them splash against the windows.

5. Caravans are always delayed: it’s a time honored law of low-tech travel, so they’ve built in two-week buffers to compensate.

2 - Hue Askew Horses

Casting in Silicone molds using Plaster of Paris and Wood Glue

Messy is Good!

Messy is Good!

At last, the casting post (that isn’t Hot Glue) is upon us!

As you probably guessed from my Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold and the follow-up post, I’ve been happily dabbling in the world of ‘making art desks messy’ for a few weeks now.

As I mentioned in the earlier posts, I’m focusing in on the cheaper casting methods right now because I’m still in the learning curve. I’m not willing to waste a $20 resin kit, but I’m sure as heck willing to play with a $5 bucket of Plaster of Paris.

So time to share what I’ve learned… *rolls up sleeves* Continue reading

1 - Unquiet Bones

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. Unplugging –completely opting out of the net– isn’t possible anymore. Even if you aren’t directly connected everyone around you is and you’re defined by the blank space in their lives.

2. “If you say ‘I never meant to hurt you’ I swear I will gut you like fish.”

“I’m new to these sorts of battles, but I don’t think you’re allowed to fight clichés with clichés…”

3. Years are the only currency he has left, so he takes the bargain and steps out of time and into purgatory to pay his dues. What’s a century or two among friends, after all?

4. Hot springs are an unexpected bliss, tucked away just far enough off the trail that only the faintest hint of sulfur gives them away. The path is overgrown and none of the tracks are fresh so they’re safe enough to stop and soak.

5. Waiting is the worst part of bad events. I wait for them to happen, wait for them to be over, and wait for the next one to come along– being psychic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Camp NaNoWriMo (July) Approacheth!

Try, Try Again...

Try, Try Again…

Yes, it’s that time again… wordcounts once again wait in the wings to pounce on me the first!

After a string of failed NaNoWriMos I’m a bit leery of this one. But I haven’t purposefully sat out a NaNo yet, so I think I’m just going to set an incredibly small goal (again) and work up from there.

I was originally going to do a proper 50k novel, but life-not-related-to-NaNo is set for a major upswing in July and I don’t really want to embrace failure that soon. So 10k it is, and hopefully this time I’ll make it! Continue reading

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100% Silicone Caulk Molds — Round 2, Fight!

Mold ALL the things!

Mold ALL the things!

I’m working on the Plaster of Paris casting post, I swear!

I just keep getting sidetracked with all the fun things you can do with caulk… and on that note, here’s a follow-up to the first post on this topic.

I’m now halfway through my third tube of caulk and using the bucket of soapy water to cure the Silicone is still my go-to method. Someday I’ll try the cornstarch method again, but I’ve learned a few other fun things while experimenting.

As always, click to embiggen! :D

Topics Below: Coloring Silicone Caulk, Casting Silicone Caulk in Plaster Molds, Making Plaster Mother Molds, Push and Press Mold Making, Hot Glue Molds Continue reading