Nail Art: Gel Nails and Dotting Tools

If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you know that about a year and a half ago I started posting pictures of my nail art. Most of it was on short nails because my nails have become weak and brittle. Gel nails solved that problem and I just learned that I can put regular nail polish on gel nails! Using nail polish remover (with or without acetone) doesn’t hurt the gel overlay! Yes, I tried it and the shiny surface appeared without a hint of discolouration or damage. I am so impressed, so you know what this means right?

BACK TO MY NAIL ART!

I came up with so many ideas in the last year and now I can work on making them happen.

One of the first nail art tools I bought were dotting tools. They’re inexpensive and easy to use, mind you, I had to get a feel for them first before I attempted anything. My tools came in a set of five, double-ended tools ranging in size.

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Dotting Tools

Dotters are probably the easiest of nail art tools to use and perfect for beginners like me. They add a bit of flair to your manicure, and using them was way easier than the sponges for the gradient work I did in the summer. This was the first time I used them. After two coats of base polish (Revlon Red) dried, I put two large drops of black nail polish (My Gondola or Yours) on some paper and dipped the large end of my #5 dotting tool into it. I did a few test tries on the paper first, and when I got the feel for it, randomly put black dots over the red.

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Reminds me of ladybugs.

A Company of Writers: Script Writing with Ally Turcotte

When I started script writing, I was lucky enough to know someone in real life who was knowledgeable in the formatting and layout of writing scripts. I had no idea where to start and Ally has helped me tremendously over these last few years. She’s in the process of staring her own blog depicting her life as a woman, screen writer and disabled person. Please welcome Ally in first guest blog post. 🙂

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My parents were practical people. Their favourite words were “Be realistic.” When I came to them and announced one day that I was going to be a writer, the response was predictable:

 Okay, but what else are you going to do?

They weren’t unsupportive. They assumed it was good for me to have a hobby, and I’d grow out of it. I was physically disabled, shy, and, I don’t mind telling you, weird, with giant pink glasses that covered half my face, terrible haircuts mainly designed to stop me gnawing on and tangling my hair when I was nervous, (often) and the habit of turning anything within arms reach into a person, and then using the “person” to tell a story. When I told them I wanted to write movies? Well, what little girl didn’t want to be in movies, right? But then, I went out and did it. At twelve years old, amid a torrent of unfinished books I swore I was going to write one day, a pile of poems and an endless array of journals, I actually finished something. And it was a screenplay! That was about the time they started realizing, to their horror, I might actually think that screen writing was a real job.

In those days we lived in what I now cheerfully refer to as the back end of nowhere, on a tiny dirt road. We did have one neighbour within walking distance, and that neighbour was friends with, wait for it, a real live writer! When we met he offered to read my work. He said I was already better than he had been at my age, and handed me a copy of It’s a Wonderful Life because “Your formatting is a mess.” I went home, opened a new document file, and started again. If my parents biggest concern was that I should be practical, then dammit, I was going to learn how to do this the right way. And there, my education began.

All this is to explain the important stuff. Firstly, that anyone, anywhere, can learn how to write, no matter how little experience or resources they have, and second, that there are three major forces in my life: The desire to tell a story, the desperate need to legitimize myself in spite of my blue-collar upbringing and physical disability, and a sense of isolation that drove me, in spite of all my self-consciousness, and my stubborn (okay, controlling) ways, to an industry which requires me tell a story with other people. Eventually, there were other things I liked about the format, the explicit rules, at first so intimidating, the rigorous structure, that offers the perfect format to tell the story in, so I don’t even have to wonder where a chapter ends or begins, or whose perspective it’s in, and the fact that I can literally spend hours trying on various voices for various characters or looking up photos of various attractive actors and calling it “research” if I want to. But the biggest draw, for me, has always been the idea of writing as a collaborative process; Someone finds value in your work, and improves on it, just by adding how they see the characters, or the world, or the story.

Writers are possibly the lowest rung on the entertainment industry’s ladder. Often, a talented writer’s work is taken, stripped to its basic concept, utterly changed, and then given to someone else, who gets the credit when the work is finished. So much advice for writers of any type, but especially women, and especially in entertainment, is “Get used to rejection.” And it isn’t unfounded. When I did go to film school, I was asked to leave, because my disability made it impossible for me to do all the things the school promised their graduates could do. But I kept writing, and I kept waiting for the opportunity to go back to my first love. I wrote stories for other people as a ghostwriter, I did some freelance blogging, and ad jobs. I could get paid to write, but I wanted to write film and television. And here we are, a decade after I left film school in floods of tears, and I still do. And suddenly, the industry is being turned upside down. The world is no longer looking at 25-40 male as the ideal demographic. We’re in a media glut, which means terror to marketers who have to hold our attention for longer than the average YouTube video, but also means anyone with an iPhone can make a movie, and the world needs writers more than it ever has before. Am I going to sit by and watch everyone else have all the fun? Hell no! Okay, you ask, so what am I going to do next?

I don’t know.

And how great is that? As a freelance blogger and ghostwriter, my name is a blank slate. It’s possible yours is too. In an industry that is all about who you know, you may feel like you know no one, but I promise you, people are out there, making movies with what little they have. They’re not famous, but oh my God, do they love to talk about their projects. To anyone who will listen. All you have to do is take notes, and know when to offer help.

I’m probably not going to make anyone famous. But I never fell out of love with movies, the challenges and charms of the format, and the mythology of the right person reading the right script at the right time. I don’t care how unrealistic or impractical that is, because it’s also exactly the kind of magic that makes the whole thing matter. I couldn’t write a decent movie if I didn’t believe in a happy ending, could I?

You know those books with titles like The Girls Guide to Having It All? I like to think of what I’m doing as having none of it at all. No education, no credentials, no contacts. Just a lot of time writing scripts, and a lot of love for what I’m doing. A lot of friends who want to help out, and maybe, enough talent to get by on. There are a million ways this could go badly, but that’s only true because there are two million ways it could go. I don’t have an ending in mind yet. But I’m excited to do it here, because this is also a way to write with people. So hi! It’s nice to be here! I’ll be talking about formatting, free screen writing software, and how to begin, for a start, but feel free to chime in with a comment, if there’s something you want to see, or you have a specific question.

Let’s figure it out.

ATTENTION AUTHORS! Would you like some free promotion?

ATTENTION AUTHORS! Would you like some free promotion?

A year or so ago I did a monthly blog series where I focus on authors and their work. Once a month I would highlight an author with a short excerpt for a book the author wished to promote. I’ve had the pleasure of highlighting some wonderful authors, and it’s time to put the call out again.

I welcome all authors, published either Self, Indie, Traditionally, and in any genre minus any books/authors with books depicting bestiality, any form of animal cruelty, child pornography, or any book where the author demonizes another group of people based on race, religion or sexual orientation.

Breakdown

The guest post consists of a 1,500 – 2000 excerpt from your novel and goes live on the last Monday of the month. I have a limited amount of spots open (12); therefore, it is a first-come-first-serve deal. I will update this post until all spots are filled.

NOW TAKING CLIENTS FOR THE 2017 SCHEDULE

 

Please note:  I require all potential guests to have their book available on both .mobi and epub formats. This means the public can purchase your ebook on either Amazon (.mobi) or Barns and Noble/iTunes/Kobo or any other outlet that deals with epub. If your book is print only that’s fine; everyone can hold a book, but not everyone has the same ereader.

If you’re interested, you can email me at the address below. Please include how you are published (Traditional, Indie, or Self), the name and genre of the book you wish to promote and several links to where your book can be found. This is just a reassurance for me that people of all ereader types can purchase your book.

Post all this in the body of your email and send it to;

darkewhispers69 (at) gmail (dot) com

ATTN: GUEST BLOG POST

 

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

I love this.

Drifting Through

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I hear you.

You’re angry.

I get it, I’m angry too.

I’m not talking to the people who are angry at Target because their Pro Transgender bathroom policy flies in the face of their cherry picked moral compass. I’m not under any obligation  to respect their beliefs. 

I’m talking to you… the people who have no issue with sharing a bathroom with LGBT people. I’m talking to those of you who are speaking out about this bathroom policy, expressing concern over the women and children who you fear will be in danger because of this policy.

You’re reasonable people. You aren’t expressing hate or bigotry. You just worry. You worry about your kids, your wives, your sisters. I worry too.

I probably worry too much. I have always accompanied my younger kids to the bathroom in public places. When my son was too old to go into the women’s room, I…

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A Darke Kind of Beauty: Tools of the Trade

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I love playing with makeup and nail polish. So much so, that I’m looking into an esthetics course at the college here.  For a while, I was a little embarrassed to admit I liked it. As if it were some kind of ‘girlie’ weakness. Then I thought fuck them. They don’t like it, too bad. I love working with eye shadows, eyeliners and all that fun stuff. I change my eye shadow and lipstick with the seasons (yes, I really do) and I’m a huge fan of home-made facials. Recently, I’ve found nail art and have watched several YouTube videos on how to do it, and I thought, if I liked this stuff, surely there are others who do too.

So let me introduce you to my newest acquisitions.

First, some, nice, Gothic colours. Dark purple eye shadow and yes, that’s red eye shadow. The original picture didn’t get the pigment right, so I had to adjust it. That’s pretty much the way it really looks.

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Duo from Make Up For Everyone. Single from Urban Decay

Some new nail polish. O.P.I. from the bargain bin. Close to 75% off. I’m going to use purple, black and pink for my first water marble attempt. Not sure what that is? Heh . . . wait and see.

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And these are the first of my nail art tools. I just need some beads, glitter (yes, I said glitter), and striping tape.

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I’m also going to keep up with my 50 Shades of Red Nail Polish on Instagram. There are too many reds and not enough time.

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Tropical Punch

Shame on You AOL/Huffington! NO More Literary Booty Calls

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 6.39.59 PM Kristen goes FULL VIKING.

Okay, so I just about calm down then see something that fires me up. So yes folks, I put on my war paint. And Huffington Post? You have simply gone too far.

Enough.

Some of you may be asking what has gotten my panties in such a bunch. A friend of mine, Chuck Wendig, who’s a fantastic writer and legendary blogger brought this quote to our attention yesterday in his post Scream It Until Their Ears Bleed—Pay the Fu&%ing Writers. In Chuck’s post, it’s easy to tell what set him off. Check out this quote:

Um…bite me? Um…bite me?

THIS Folks, is what happens when we let FREE get out of hand. FREE has side-effects and one of the primary side-effects are hallucinations that the other person likes it and needs it and actually you’re doing them a favor.

Jackass. Jackass.

Before we go any further, yesterday I…

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2015 in review

You guys are awesome!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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