April 2017 calendar for desktop

April 2017 Wallpaper Calendars

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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Knitting an autumn scarf for charity

A Knitter’s Journey

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 for iPad

March 2017 Wallpaper Calendar

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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KitKat

The trust of a cat

What is it about the feel of a tiny body resting against yours that makes your heart swell and twinge like it’s about to burst?

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Top 3 Name Generators for Writers

Top 3 name generators

Given how important names can be, it’s little wonder they’re so difficult to create.

I don’t normally have trouble with titles or the names of my main characters (they usually just jump out of my skull and bite me on the nose), but it’s a pain in the butt to generate a dozen or a hundred or a hundred dozen names for places and things — especially when you’re trying to write.

Thankfully, some kind souls have taken it upon themselves to provide databases full of names you can assign to your characters, places, critters, and factions, even if they’re only temporary placeholders.

These are my Top 3.

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Be My Valentine wallpaper for desktop

February 2017 Wallpapers

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but February is the love month and I just couldn’t resist these adorable animals when I saw them over on the Creative Market.

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How to create character dossiers in Liquid Story Binder

How to create dossiers in Liquid Story Binder

One of the things I love about Liquid Story Binder XE (LSB) is how easy it is to create profile sheets for characters using dossiers.

Dossiers aren’t only useful for character profiles. They’re handy for locations, species, bestiary entries — anything that requires information in non-narrative form, really.

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