May 2017 Wallpaper Calendar

May 2017 wallpaper for desktop

Grab your calendars and desktop wallpapers for May! iPhone? iPad? iMac? No problem!

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How to add an image to a dossier in Liquid Story Binder

How to add images in Liquid Story Binder

If you’re like me and need images to inspire you and help you describe your characters, then it’s really handy to have those images attached to your character profiles so you don’t have to keep flipping between apps to look something up.

Liquid Story Binder XE lets you do this within the dossier — and, even better, you can have entire galleries of images attached, too!

Please be aware of plagiarism and copyright laws. It’s one thing to use art as inspiration (e.g. “I like how that creature moves”), but it’s entirely another to copy an artist or writer’s work verbatim.

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Easter Bunny Baskets

Carrot Easter baskets

While destashing my yarn, I came across three gorgeous skeins of Louisa Harding La Quattre Salut mohair in aqua, pink, and an aqua-pink mix.

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Just write! + freebie

Just write

It’s very easy to get bogged down or distracted by all the “fun” stuff that comes before the writing itself: drawing maps, designing worlds, developing characters, finding or making pretty art to inspire you or remind yourself what your characters look like…

The list of potential procrastinatory issues is endless and it can be very difficult to tell when you’re legitimately developing and planning the building blocks of a book versus when you’re dodging the actual job of writing.

I’ve had multiple conversations with my friend where I try to help him with his novel and my advice usually boils down to two little words:

Just write!

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April 2017 Wallpaper Calendars

April 2017 for desktop

Feeling floral for April? Grab these gorgeous wallpapers for your desktop, iPhone or iPad!

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How to create dossier templates in Liquid Story Binder

How to create dossier templates in Liquid Story Binder

I once talked about how you could easily create a character sheet — or location, creature, or species profiles — using Liquid Story Binder XE’s (LSB) dossier tool.

LSB has several templates already built-in, but they might not suit you if you prefer longer profiles or like to save vertical space (like me), so now I’m going to teach you how to create your own.

You’ll first need to read LSB: Character Dossiers to learn how to create basic dossiers. From there, things get a tiny bit more complicated.

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A Knitter’s Journey

Knitting an autumn scarf for charity

In the run-up to Christmas, I used my companionship (two hours per week with a carer in which to take care of the many chores of “living independently”) to destash my craft & planner supplies.

This destash resulted in a lot of boxes headed (eventually) to charity. Of particular note for this post were the three huge black sacks of yarn.

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Why originality matters (but also doesn’t)

Why originality matters but also doesn't

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of elves and dwarves and orcs and centaurs and mermaids and unicorns and vampires and — well, you get the idea.

Modern fantasy is saturated with them to the point where it seems like fantasy writers don’t even try to come up with anything new. (Why bother designing your own species and beasties, that each requires a description and a culture of some sort, if you can point your readers at an elf and call it done?)

Even the massively popular Harry Potter is chock full of creatures that Rowling ripped right out of someone else’s back pocket (with a little spin to call them her own).

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March 2017 Wallpaper Calendar

March 2017 wallpaper for iPad

The March hare is almost here! Grab a calendar for your desktop, iPhone or iPad and sprinkle some March showers.

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How to thread a needle so you don’t need a knot

How to thread a needle so you don't need a knot

When I learned to sew by hand, it was with a combination of motherly advice and online tutorials. At some point, I was taught how to thread a needle the “traditional” way (by poking one end of the thread through the eye of the needle and pulling through to double up). This was a great way to strengthen embroidery thread for cross-stitch and hand-sewing.

However, threading a needle this way means you need two knots to secure the thread at either end, once when you begin sewing and then again to tie off. You can hide these ugly knots in the hem of garments or between layers of fabric and lining, but you’ll still be able to feel them — and the Craft Goddess help you if the piece you’re stitching is supposed to be reversible.

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