Dr. Who Inspired Weeping Angel Surreal Popart by Your Spoonie Artist

A little surreal pop art terror for your wall art or a new laptop skin? A bit of surreal pop art Dr. Who T Shirt design? I took a black and white image from my travels and had a bit of digital art fun with it and then added some gold foil typography just to remind you Whovians: Don't Blink. Unless you know you're a history major or something in which case blink. Take a nap. It could be an adventure. A Great gift guide for the spoonie geek in your life.

A Spoonies Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo



Here’s my take away for the spoonie trying NaNoWriMo. Be super kind to yourself. Yes, 50,00 words is crazy just to type out let alone make them into something cohesive like a novel. Just the typing has been murderous on my Ehlers Danlos wrists.


You may want to try voice to text. Many have said it is excellent. I spend more time fixing random word switches but hey worth a try. Some favorite voice to text apps are are Dragon and Google docs.

Decide on your own goal. As far as I can tell there are no NaNoWriMo police officers that will burst through your door if you don’t win. (BTW winning is just writing the 50,000 words. Did not know that before)

Be only as social as you want. Yes, there are write in but if others make you twitch or if you physically must do all from bed go ahead be you.

Bribe yourself. I do cookie dough but that might be why I only write in my oversize TARDIS sweats. Yes, my husband is a very lucky man.

Use the forums. People are so nice and helpful and you can help too. Yes, you…helpful spoonie. I KNOW it’s super exciting.

Write something you can and want to get obsessed with.

Pinterest is very much your friend. Create a board for your story and you can capture your inspiration and characters. This is the board for my YA Fantasy book, Lady Constantine’s School for Maudlin and Mischievous Young Ladies.

If you have brain fog I promise you Scrivner is your best friend. Planning stories and writing out of order all possible. Not a sponsor I just love it.

It is NEVER too late. Start in the middle start anytime. You wrote! Something that did not exist before now does Yay you! Let’s be honest here we’re sick when else do you have control of how everything turns out unless it’s your plot in your book.

What are the ways you survive NaNoWriMo?



Ok a rough for plot for my nanowrimo attempt

The Library is Hungry

There is a school for girls that are just too much. They simply Cannot conform to being well behaved young ladies, which is just what Lady Constantine requires for her boarding school. Even though the school remembers (and has a few bookstand one Librarian) from the Library of Alexandria the teachers have been informed that this class will be different. These girls will not be learning theory of magic, they are magic.and why not in 1905 the age of wonders. Now the only real question is what happened to the girls from the other grades and what is in the library and why do people visit and not come out?

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Write a Terrifying Story for Halloween Writing Prompt for the Inspired Spoonie

It’s almost NaNoWrimo (if you are doing NaNoWriMo friend me I need all the accountability I can muster! I am Cabagges+kings) and getting close to Halloween.

Some of us spoonies are living our own little horror stories and are stuck in bed needing some distractions.





I came across this twitter thread from @STOPFLEXIN and it scared me more than Cybermen. I took a minute and deconstructed it so that any of you chronic illness writers can take a minute and write your own terrifying Halloween flash fiction (or hey make it a novel I won’t stop you).

Read Original Twitter Story


How to terrify



Act I the set up


Give the backstory with a terrifying detail that will be innocuous but will come back in Act 3 to give the story validity. She was a witch-not a nice one-she drowned.

Does this GIF help? No, no it does not. Do I have an unhealthy fixation with all things Buffy? Why yes, yes I do. Thank you for asking.




Act II Everything is fine? Why worry? What this Ouija Board is a ty.


Set up a normal scene with a level of innocent mischief we can all see ourselves doing in a scene we can see ourselves in. home alone-find Ouija board








Act II part II scare the life out of them but slowly Mwa Ha Ha

The horror should only be terrifying because it should be not because it is- All the lights go off-A knocking that won't stop-A face in the window-A figure in the backyard-Do not forget details from the protagonist. Heart-breath-belly-nerves. If you have never been traumatized think in terms of EVERY sense being at super human levels. Remember fear is a super power,




Act III Resolution with a question



It should be almost explainable but should push the envelope almost off the table of credibility.

Police (authority lends credibility) or parents come back to find nothing amiss (no break ins but a window on the third floor with no trees or ladders is wide open but WHO could possibly get in that way) but the hall is full of water. Not the bathroom but the hall outside of the protagonists bedroom. Remember drowned witch in act 1?


Th Breakdown Cheatsheet I don’t have time for your geeky GIFS and paragraphs.

I hear you my fellow ADHD spoonies I too have the attention span of a gnat with a substance abuse problem. I have you covered:



Act I what should I be scared of and what detail will I have to believe in the end

Act II set up the scene to scare Me. Where is the victim? What are they experiencing that would normally not be scary?


Act III Aftermath. The scene when it is safe? Unload the detail from Act 1 that a credible source finds and make me believe.


Alright then you have it. Plug and play turn it up or turn it down depending on your audience.

Put your flash story or story idea in the comments and join me at NaNoWriMo for team We Can’t Leave the Bed so We Might As Well Write. Ok it needs work but join me anyways. Find me at Cabagges+kings. Friend me I get lonely.










Motivation Monday Quote Chronic Illness Edition: She May Be Mad But She Is Magic Charles Bukowski Quote Double Exposure

Motivation Monday Quote Chronic Illness Edition: She May Be Mad But She Is Magic Charles Bukowski Quote Double Exposure

I have my own personal reasons for loving this quote…saying it to my husband when I have been particularly off….

This black and white double exposure photo was taken a long time ago for a photoshoot I did with model Elisa Dawn. She has been a very special model and friend to me who has seen me through most of this chronic illness journey.

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One Of My Illustrations

It’s been a minute since I posted any of my illustrations. It hasn’t been that I haven’t been drawing just more an inability to finish something. So instead of fighting this procrastination with a dash of ennui cocktail thought I would post some unfinished work I’ve been playing with this morning. First time trying to sketch dreadlocks.

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start

finished

finished

Stuck In Bed Too? Write Along With Monica {Chronic Illness Blog}

Here’s how this goes, this is the first paragraph you can either write from here what happens next or write to describe one of the events. Special points if you know who the old man is Kyros no fair answering that one.

 

Writing Prompt

Secret concerts and art fairs

and theatre performances hidden

unless you have the right password.

If given to the old man sitting

on the edge of the bench reading a paper and

occasionally scattering bird seed for the pigeons

you will blink three times and what was an ordinary

open lot near the town square

will open within itself into a circus, an art gallery,

a filled to capacity music festival,

or fairy shopping mart.

Even more disturbing the old man.

The one who a minute ago was folding in on his age is still old

yes, but he is circling in on himself to protect his belly.

The pigeon are vultures and what he throws at them

should really remain between him and the vultures.

“Don’t miss the bonfire.” The man whispers.

“For my sake never miss the bonfire.”

 

Just kidding no rules but can’t wait to see what you all make! 

Chihuahua With Galaxy Headphones Illustration {Monica's Stuck in Bed Drawing}

Chihuahua With Galaxy Headphones Illustration {Monica's Stuck in Bed Drawing}

You always know when I'm stuck in bed thanks to Ehlers Danlos you start seeing a bunch of cute baby animal illustrations. I swear Autodesk Sketchbook, my iPad, and my apple pencil I need to be reclassified as pain management tools. As some mother-daughter bonding, my baby was the one who chose all the typography. I think she has an eye for this. If you have to have this little chihuahua with galaxy headphones all for your own as a card, home decor, or the world's cutest wall art just click here. ORDER

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How To Write and Illustrate a Children's Picture Book Mostly From Bed {Invisible Illness Blog}

How to write and illustrate a children's picture book in three weeks using mostly an IPad

I have been doing a lot of thinking about limitations and what I can and can't do now that my hip dislocations are keeping me in bed for longer and longer times (thank you Ehlers Danlos). I love illustrating and have written and drawn two children's books but much of that had to be done at my computer which requires sitting up. After this little sketch of a teacup puppy got some attention and some of my loyal reader's attention and questions if the puppy was going to be a new book that could join Snuggle BunnyHow could I resist? Since I wasn't going anywhere I thought I would try some things

  1. Concept art. Since my wrists are popping out I started my sketching in Autodesk Sketchbook. I use this because it has a mirroring aspect so I only have to draw half the picture. I would be overjoyed to only use Autodesk but their smudge tool and palette leave much to be desired.
  2. I continue the drawing in Procreate. No mirror, some ok workarounds, but the pallets are as amazing as the drawing tools. Seriously if you buy no other art app for your Ipad buy this one, you can trust me I have spent a small fortune on art apps this is the best all-around art app for IPad Pro.

  3. After the illustration is mostly complete in Procreate I bring it over into the Adobe apps. If you have a student ID USE it. I pay so much for the entire Adobe suite. I bring the illustration to Adobe Sketch. Yes. three art apps. The reason is Adobe Sketch arm and arm with Adobe CC app open up an entire world for you. You can create your own color brushes out of ANYTHING!!!! Illuminated manuscripts here I come!
  4. After all the pretty brushes are applied the illustration goes back into apps like PicsArt, Brushstroke, Enlight, and Stackable. Repeat for I think 15 illustrations.
  5. Writing the book turned out to be easy and so much fun! I start in an app called Notes Plus because I still like handwriting anything creative and this app lets me handwrite, press a button, and TADA it is turned into type.
  6. Then I can send it over to either Apple Pages or Scrivner to see if I have enough material for the magic and standard 32 pages.
  7. All of the above can be finished in 5 to 7 days depending on how much alone time I have it's the layout that took two weeks. This all took place in Adobe Comp. This is where I do the planning and spacing. It is also where I create frames for images and make the book covers.
  8. Once most of this is set I return to Adobe CC and hit pattern and use an image of the book to make a pattern for the opening pages. I sometimes will head over to WordSwag app to finish up any fancy typography needed.
  9. This is where I start removing hair. Adobe Comp requires each and EVERY page to separately be exported. Yup, all 32 times. Since I have set the pages to Createspace's specs I will usually send them over to Photoshop but you can just as easily send them to a Google Drive folder.
  10. This is where my sad little carcass must leave the bed since the rest needs to be done on the computer using InDesign. A bit of a learning curve but thanks to some great tutorials on YouTube I learned. I set up my 32 pages and basically drag and drop my files in. Here is my HARD learned lesson DO NOT TYPE UNTIL YOU ARE IN INDESIGN. You can do layout in the apps but you really need to do all the finished typing in InDesign. Any changes you make you can adjust and not have to REDO THE ENTIRE PAGE. (Can you tell I had to redo an entire book because of this?)
  11. After all this which thanks to hips and shoulders had to be done in spurts but was eventually uploaded to CreateSpace and is ready to be bought!
Miss Adeline's Magic Tea Shop
By Monica Michelle

Absolutely a shameless plug but I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to make something special yourself. Being stuck in bed can make you feel a bit invisible but thanks to the new technology those of us lucky enough can create some amazing things.