Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring a ding ding-I WROTE A BOOK

Ah, the weather is perfect this week.

Actually, i hate nice weather. Give me cold or rainy any day. But fine, everybody else like's perfect sunny days, so that's cool. I'll get mine again come fall.


did I mention I wrote a book?

Okay I suck at transitions today, but it's true! I wrote the first draft of a novel. It blows, but I'm told that all first drafts blow. I'm going to at least give it a couple of passes at editing before giving it up.

Oh, what's it about I hear you ask? (Okay, i hear crickets chirping but that's almost like asking)-

Here's the pitch: a young-adult aimed novel that's hoping for older readers who prefer a sweeter story than counts for "adult" fiction, my book is about a typical teenage girl. Who just happens to wake up one day with a tail, large pointed ears and a wicked craving for milk. And that's when life gets a little complicated...

Why it happened, or how, or what she is a mystery that she hopes to survive long enough to find out. But before that happens she'll realize the world is a stranger place than she'd ever known.

Interested? Leave me a comment!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Annoyed by blogger vanity...

Okay, this is bothering me-

If someone has a blog, it's their rules. I get that. Some of the "comedy" blogs are so bone-headedly wrong that I occasionally point out things out, and they block the comment. I get that- they don't want naysayers, they don't want people to realize what cruel and unfair fun is being had. (Ex: whatnottocrochet likes to take pictures of art student projects and hold them up to ridicule in the context of "why would you make this?"- um, it's an art piece, you aren't supposed to. But they don't tell the readers where they got it.)

It sucks that you can't point these things out to other readers, but I get it. Their blogs, their rules. And does it matter to their readers what I say? Of course not, I just like to complain.

I also get not allowing nasty comments on your personal blog. We get enough nasty comments in life anyway, and you really hav no reason to flame a persons just because you don't like them.

Here's what bother me- there's a blog I like to read. Won't name it. The blogger is fairly known in certain circles, but by no means a celebrity. The blog is a personal one, documenting the blogger's adventures. Often it contains a poetic lament upon things gone wrong.

The part that bothers me is that any time I try to post a comment that is not up to the shining "oh girlfriend you're so perfect" standard, it gets blocked. To the point of: the post under comment was about keeping one's hands busy making things for family to get through stress. I commented that that was good, but it's even better to make for charity sometimes- it really is a stress reliever and a way to help someone else too.

Comment blocked.

This often happens, to the point where I don't try anymore. The tone of my comment was inoffensive. No foul language. I didn't even use the dreaded "you SHOULD" phraseology. Just an honest suggestion that I thought the blogger could use- maybe think about donating some creations to help your peace of mind.

Blocked. Why?

Because every other post was along the "everything you make is so gorgeous oh my god I could never do that you are so talented I'm sure everything will be sunshine and bunnies for you" lines.

Ugh. This isn't the first blog I've read to have that problem, and I'm sure not the last. But it bothers me that these bloggers will talk about the "support" they get from their commenters, and the community and sisterhood and blah blah blah...but god forbid anyone see that anyone commented and WASN'T firmly smooching their behind with rainbows and kittens.

Basically, to block a comment is to reprimand the poster, in my philosophy. And I don't think it's good form to reprimand someone for not being over-the-top and praising you enough. If you only want that, don't allow comments at all, because all you're doing is creating a fictional world where only the shiniest of compliments exist for others to see and remark at how praised you are.

Sigh. Rant over.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hmm...etsy scareth me

Okay, so I got my etsy store all started. Signed up for paypal, gave etsy my credit card number for billing, yada yada yada. Took about 1-2 hours, not to hard.

Then 2 days later Visa calls. My credit card has been ripped off and used to buy a LOT of gas in Connecticut.

Um, is this just coincidence? Because I don't even USE that card anymore...except for setting up Etsy and PayPal.

Okay, I might just be paranoid, but it's left a bad taste in my mouth. I had to shut down my card, spend hours on the phone dealing with VISA, and of course take everything out of my store because I no longer have a valid credit card with Etsy. Now, I'll get a new card, and after watching my bill like a hawk for a few months I think everything will work out okay with ViSA.

But- I'm not sure I want to test those waters again. Should I hand over my new card? Nobody else seems to be having this problem, but my oh my what a coincidence. I don't buy anything online, so my risk exposure is lower than most.

Eh. Who knows. But safe to say for now, etsy life is on hold until I get a card and decide to risk it or not.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Etsy, Etsy, read all about it!

Okay, I'm actually gonna keep this blog up to to date now to chronicle my latest adventure. Finally decided to open my etsy store.

My first offerings are the videogame purses featured below, but more is sitting waiting to be photographed and uploaded.

You can check my store at

So far? Easy to setup, if you don't mind wading through a lot of screens. The biggest hurdle for me was setting up PayPal as I was the last human being on the planet not to have an account. It is kind of depressing if you look around etsy while loading your own stuff though... my niche of weird and video game stuff is full of lots of better crafts than I can make.

Ah well, it's an experiment. We'll see how it goes- and if the merchandise goes!