May 082013

It’s starting to get warmer and soon I’ll be spending more of my time in the dungeon to keep cool. I’ve been working on a great many projects since last fall and promised to post pictures, but I keep getting distracted by more projects. I’m hoping one of these days I’ll learn better time management. Yeah, that’s going to happen!

I’ve made a lot of jewelry recently. Some pieces are listed for sale at Countrysidewalk and I will be posting most of the pieces I’ve made on CMH and here as well. I still have plenty to finish, but I’ve missed my blogs, so I’m trying to slow down a bit and post more. The backlog of things I need to post is getting unmanageable. I have a ton of crocheting projects to post and many pictures and recipes to post on the Community Cookbook. I haven’t finished any writing projects recently, but I plan on getting back to those as well. I’m also still trying to find a theme that will work for Macabre Manor so I can start working on it again. All help with Macabre Manor has fallen through, so I’m determined to get it running solo again.

Kryson’s Kreations (changed from Kryson’s Macabre) will still be the main feed for everything save the recipes on the Community Cookbook, so check back here for changes very soon!

Feb 272012

twilight-zone[1]It’s been three months and I feel like I just stepped out of The Twilight Zone. Looking back, all I can think is, “What in the hell just happened?” Did I step into someone else’s life? Who are these strangers I once thought I knew? It’s surreal. Sometimes people can change or reveal things about themselves that throw you for such a loop that you’re left reeling for some time. It’s amazing really. It’s amazing how little we know about the people we surround ourselves with. It’s amazing how quickly perceptions can change. But most of all, it’s amazing how often we trick ourselves into believing what we want to believe instead of seeing the truth.

So now that I’m back from my trip to The Twilight Zone, it’s time to get back to work. I’ve started writing daily again. It’s only small bits at the moment, but it’s something. I still have more ideas and more things I’d like to get down on “paper” than I can possibly manage. I often mourn those brilliant ideas that get lost while the not so brilliant ones get stuck in my head. That’s my most recent excuse for the lack of quality anyway.

The cookbook will begin posting again on March 1st. I’ll be starting the food holidays again even though I agree with everyone else, I’m insane for doing so. It’s a lot of work and distracts me from other things that I would like to get accomplished. I enjoy it though, so I’m going to continue. I still have tons of recipes to post and a few already there waiting on editing and approval. If you’ve been missing the food, it’s coming back!

I’ll be getting back to CafePress and Zazzle projects soon. It’s more time-consuming than I ever imagined when I started all this, but I’m hoping the work will be worth it. I have hundreds of pictures, some art, and some graphic work to get up on both sites. Hopefully something will excite someone.

I have a ton of crafty projects to complete. I still have a few jewelry pieces to make and I’m going to be learning how to do more with it. I’m going to teach myself to crochet again. It’s been so long that I’ve completely forgotten everything, but I’m hoping that I pick it back up again quickly. I have several pieces I’d like to finish for Christmas presents. I need to make more candles, too. Oh, and I have a project I’m planning on doing with crayons!

I haven’t forgotten this blog either. I don’t have any concrete plans at the moment, but I’ll make sure to give it some love from time to time. After all, with all these projects I’m going to be doing I’ll have something to post!

So for now, I’ve hung a “Do NOT Enter” sign on the door to The Twilight Zone and I’m working on getting things back to normal.

More stuff coming soon!

Books I’ve recently finished…

Yes, I’m a huge nerd/geek and I read the WarCraft novels. I love World of Warcraft and how extensive the lore is, but I always find myself wanting more.

This archive contains three books and one novella. I think it’s long enough to be a novella anyway.

I especially enjoyed Lord of the Clans. I always wanted to know more about Thrall during his slave period, but I found myself loving the writer, Christie Golden. I’m looking forwarding to reading some of her other WarCraft novels, but sadly, I don’t own any others at the moment. That will have to be remedied soon.

The Last Guardian was another treat. It features one of my favorite dungeons in World of Warcraft and one of my favorite mysterious characters, Medivh.

I enjoyed the entire archive and had a hard time putting it down. I’ll certainly be looking for more very soon. I think I need to do something about the huge pile of books waiting on me… calling to me… first.

Maybe Vampire Academy was a little young for me, being a young adult book and all, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I liked a few of the concepts and the snarky main character was right up my alley, but I felt like the story didn’t really take me anywhere. I’m told the series gets better as you go along and I liked the main character enough to give it another chance in the future.

Oct 252011

NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task and when you have a house to run as well it can seem almost impossible. With some preparation, you can make November run more smoothly.

I’ve looked at a few prep lists for NaNo and noticed that mine was a little different. I decided to share it in hopes it might help someone else. I know this is a little late. I’ll try to repost the revised version of this list a little earlier next year.

  1. Plan all meals for the month of November. Make sure to keep #2 and #3 in mind while making your November menu and consider doing a search for quick meal ideas. I’ll try to post a few of my favorites during NaNo.
  2. Freeze leftovers for easy meals in November. My Food Saver is one of my best friends all year round, but it’s particularly helpful for stocking up meals for November.
  3. Dust off that crockpot. Your crockpot can be a time saver and is for more than just making roast. I’ll try to post a few more of my favorite recipes during NaNo on the Community Cookbook.  I’ll post some fast and one skillet recipes, too.
  4. Detail clean the house. I have spring-cleaning and then NaNo cleaning. If the house is freshly detailed, those quick room cleanups go even faster. Besides, a super clean house can make you feel more comfortable with putting things off for a day or two longer so you have more time to write.
  5. Schedule blog posts. If you have a blog, write a few blog posts in October and schedule them to post in November to squeeze out a little more writing time.
  6. Jot down notes or make an outline. While there are many people who can sit down to a blank screen and just start typing, I’m not always one of them. Faced with a deadline, I feel more comfortable with some kind of direction in mind.
  7. Do any research needed ahead of time. Frantically researching while trying to finish NaNo can be a word count killer.
  8. Fill out your calendar with appointments and obligations. Make note of these. What days are you not going to be able to write? If there are five days in November that you cannot see a way to fit writing in for whatever reason, adjust your daily word count accordingly and aim for that.
  9. Let your friends and family know what you’re doing. They might scoff, but knowing ahead of time can ward off an explanation later. Listening to the scoffing while you’re doing NaNo not only takes time away from writing but could also damage your flow with negativity and drama you don’t need.
  10. Make a playlist. A playlist of music that fits your genre or in some way fosters your creativity can help drown distraction and get you in the mood to write. Use headphones for best results.

For those of you participating this year, write like the wind! I’d love to hear/read how you’re doing so feel free to comment on a post or drop me an email.  Feel free to add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo website, too!

Sep 182011

And now we’re back to almost all Twitter updates as posts.  I’m slipping…. again.

Actually, a lot has happened.  My daughter graduated from high school and moved on to college.  We moved her into the dorms, but we still see her often since she works near home.  We have brunch on Sunday, which gives us a chance to catch up.  She misses the quiet of home sometimes, but I’m sure she’s enjoying more freedom.

Someone shattered the passenger side window of her car and rifled through her glove box.  Didn’t look like they took anything.  Luckily, she’s smart and didn’t have anything of worth in her car.  She got it fixed and then the door wouldn’t open so she had to take it back.  They didn’t get all the glass out of the door before they put the window back in, but it works now.

I was sick off and on this summer, so I have a lot to catch up on.  Every nook and cranny of the house needs cleaned especially since we’re getting the house ready for a guest in October.  We’ve known her for about 12 years now and this will be the first time we get to meet in person.  I can’t wait!

The yard is a mess, so we’re trying to make it look nice again.  I’m sure our neighbors are thanking us already.  Pulled all the dead sunflowers from under the window and I plan on replacing them with either mums or irises.  I miss my lacy irises.  The plain ol’ yellow ones have pretty much taken over everything.  I think I might be able to get some of the lacy ones from my mom.  I’ll have to ask.

I’m back to putting things up on CafePress and actually added a few products to Zazzle.  Rushing to get the Halloween art and photography up on Zazzle before its entirely too late, so that’s what I’m working on now.  I’ll be posting on that as I get things finished.

I’ve started reading every night again and I’m trying to turn it into a habit.  Even if I only read for 5 minutes, I make myself read every night.  Maybe one of these days I’ll actually finish this huge stack of unread books.  As for writing… I haven’t gotten back into the habit yet, but I write here and there.  I’ll be trying to turn it back into a habit starting in October, with a break for our visiting friend, so hopefully Nano won’t be such a shock to the system.

Speaking of Nano, I think I figured out what I’m going to do this year.  I’m hoping the early decision bodes well for how it will go.  Gives me plenty of time to think about where I want the story to go and to get a little research done.  I think I’m starting to get a little excited about it.

Last year, I said I was going to post time-saving meals for Nano and didn’t get around to it.  This year, I’ll link to some recipes posted on the Community Cookbook and try to get some more posted before Nano arrives.  I’ll probably repost the Nano tips from last year, too.

Enough babbling… back to work for me!

Currently reading:

Jul 012011

Yummy food from the Community Cookbook!

Tres Leches Cake

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tortilla Soup

Seafood Fettucini

Best Rum Cake Ever!!

Australian Cheesecake

Crockpot Beefy Macaroni and Cheese with Veggies

Figasa – Italian Peasant Bread

Chocolate Cream Cheese Dessert


More yummy stuff to come. July is drink month so lots of cool, refreshing drinks are coming. A couple of adult drinks mixed in there, too. Hope to see a few of you sign up and share your recipes as well.

Jun 132011

Apparently, I decided I didn’t have enough to do, so I needed a few more websites. I recently re-launched Crescent Moon Haberdashery as a blog to showcase my CafePress store. I’ve been selling products with photography, artwork, and graphic work on CafePress for years and will soon be trying my hand at Zazzle as well. Crescent Moon Haberdashery is also featuring some beautiful jewelry from Aether Designs.

My mother and I have looked for a way to share recipes and finally decided, after searching for and not finding a solution we liked, that we might as well share them with everyone. Thus, I launched Community Cookbook a few weeks ago. It’s still a work in progress, but hopefully I’ll get the bugs ironed out. I went for an actual community setting and it isn’t working quite the way I would like it to. The name might change, but Community Cookbook works for now. We have a couple of recipes up with many more to come in the future.

After I feel like I have Crescent Moon Haberdashery and Community Cookbook well underway and help Jane with The Diary of Jane, I’m going to re-launch Macabre Manor. Macabre Manor has needed a lot of work for a long time and I hate to go the blog route with it, but I don’t think I’ll ever get anything done with it if I don’t turn it into a blog. Hand editing pages is so 1990’s, right? I’m still unsure I can make it do what I want, but I’m going to try. I can never make Macabre Manor what it once was, but I can do something with it… when I figure out exactly what that is, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, this site will become my master feed as it were and my writing blog. I’ll be cross-posting things here from the other sites for the time being, except for the cooking site that is. I might make a post with recipes that have posted for the week, but I’m not going to post all the recipes both places. If cross-posting everything stops making sense or becomes too much, I’ll stop, but for now almost everything I do will still be on this blog. Why? For people who want everything but don’t want to visit tons of sites to get it.

As for the podcast, I gave up on it a long time ago. I wanted to podcast, but the more I tried the more I figured out that I didn’t really have anything to talk about. Maybe some day.

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