Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cover Reveal | Lady Dragon, Tela Du




Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you've lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent - the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber's face.

The last thing
Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she's not sure if he's more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she'd much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family - including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can't possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

Hail and well-met, fellow Rizkaland fans! While today, sadly, marks the end of Kendra’s loverly Bookania Blog Party, it’s also the day we get a peek at the next installment of her fabulous Rizkaland Legends—Lady Dragon, Tela Du!!! *Trumpet fanfare*


Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! *Confetti*


(Should I be concerned at how much my imaginary friends are starting to invade everything I write of late…?)

But before I show you the cover art, a little bit about the author:


Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers. 

Blog:

Official Website:

This installment promises to be a little darker than WPFP, as it involves a “showdown,” if you will, between the evil Amber and her reluctant look-alike nemesis, Petra.
But in the background is another sort of conflict (which we caught a glimpse of in Book One)—the ever-widening gulf between Amber and her faithful but tortured husband, Granite.

Well, swap the king and the queen, and it's kinda Granite and Amber:
Kendra says: This may be for a dark king, but it’s so fitting for Granite and Amber’s relationship.
She’s the dark queen. She loves him and wants him at her side … and though he loves her,
he knows she’s going the wrong way, so he refuses to be her king.
He becomes the ghost lurking behind her instead.
 I personally feel sorry for Granite, as I believe I’ve said before. Despite his frustration and sorrow at Amber’s life choices, he continues to stay with her, even though he knows there’s probably no “happy ending” for either of them.

I also had the honor of  interviewing the title characters, Amber and Petra, and their author.

Amber--How can you not see what a treasure you have in Granite? He doesn't agree with your views and methods of doing things, but he still loves you and has stayed with you for--what? Six thousand years? Most marriages in my world fall apart after only five years...if that. 
My frustration with his refusing to agree with me doesn't mean that I don't love him, that I don't value his place beside me. It saddens me every day the gulf that has grown between us.

Petra--Admit it, isn't it just the tiniest bit cool to find another world? To be sure, the circumstances weren't ideal (especially that bit about fighting the Lady Dragon), but is there anything in Rizkaland that sparks your interest?
Don't let Reuben know I said this, but yes, it is kinda cool to find out that other worlds do exist and that they are accessible. Also, there's a possibility that we'll find out the truth about my disappearing siblings here.

Kendra--You've described yourself as an ENFP, and Petra as an INTJ. Can you give your fellow writers some tips on writing a character whose personality type is so different from one's own?
The thing with Petra is that my mother's an INTJ, and I am very familiar with the type. Also, on a function level, ENFP's and INTJ's are similar so I understand the type pretty well (at least, as well as you can understand a type that isn't your own). Actually, the character who I would say was completely different from myself was the ESTP Summer ... and she was difficult.

I think the best advice I have is to find someone of that personality type, read up on it as much as you can, and dig in to understand the type on a function level so you understand just how their brain works.

Annnnnd…now you’re all champing at the bit to see the cover. Here you are:


Cover Design Credit: Benjamin Ingalls - https://www.behance.net/BenjaminIngalls

Ta-da!

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Preorder Book:

Another exciting bit of news is that LDTD’s predecessor, Water Princess, Fire Prince is FREE today!!! So grab your Kindle or other device and take advantage of it while you can.
And if you’re in the mood for a fairytale retelling, CinderEddy is also free today.

Thanks for stopping by, Gentle Readers. Be sure to keep checking out Kendra’s blog for more news of Rizkaland, Bookania, and other fun imaginary worlds Kendra plans to share with her adoring fans by and bye.

I leave you with a snippet:

Reuben gave a half-shrug and turned back to Noraeto. “Why would your queen want to kill Petra just because she looks like her? Does it have anything to do with a prophecy?”

“You and your prophecies,” muttered Petra, rolling her eyes skyward.

“Yes, actually,” Noraeto admitted. “Our queen is prophesied to be killed by a girl who shares her face.”

“Okay, now I’d really like to leave, because tangling with a queen like that was not on my agenda for today. Would it be all right if I send her a nice note saying that I’m truly sorry about that prophecy, but to be honest, I mean her no ill-will, so can we please just leave each other alone? Maybe we could meet for tea.

What are you looking forward to most in LDTD? Have you any speculations about the book/characters/whatever? I want to know!

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Crazed Wench and her Co-authors: The Writing Process of R.R. Goodwill



Give your Imaginary Friends an inch, and they’ll take a foot. The Characters in my books have become so real to me over the past two or three years that I’ve started letting them sound off on the ol’ blog now and then. I do try to keep them from invading other people’s blogs, and e-mails I write (especially to people who Just Wouldn’t Understand), and for the most part, they behave (although The Pixie insists on popping in on Kendra’s fabulous Blog Party this week, and…I declare, she’ll be ankle-deep in imaginary confetti by the end of it…).
So now they’re starting to interrupt me when I’m writing their stories. :-P

Take the time I was writing a scene from The Treasure of Rainbow Rock in my Heirs of Dunsmüir story-arc (Ýdára multiverse):

Black Text = Actual story (whoo!)     Purple Text = Me     Teal Text = Isabella
Storm-blue Text = Anton     Spring-green Text = Ciaran     Sky-blue Text = Jason
Blue-purple text = Huckle

(Edited due to length)
“You’re speaking like somone who means to…to do away with themselves,” Anton replied, trying to keep his voice calm. “Please tell me I’m mistaken.”
     She whirled to face him, her eyes wild, her mouth open as if to reply…but then she clamped it shut and backed away from him, eyes downcast, turning her head towards the Plain below. He fancied
 
Why do you always write these scenes from his point of view? Am I never to have my thoughts known to your readers?

Isabella, don’t interrupt me; I’m on a roll. Besides, I don’t fully understand your personality yet, and I want to do it right. I know you wouldn’t have me blunder my way through your story and botch up your personality, aye?

*Sigh* Correct. But it does seem quite unfair that Anton gets all of what you call “screen time.”

Hopefully that will change once I’ve done some more research on INTJ Females. Surely you can appreciate that.

Very well; proceed with the scene.

Thank you.

[He fancied] he saw a glint of fear in her eyes just before she turned away. Fear…and guilt. Awkward silence, charged with urgency and an undercurrent of panic, reigned for several eternal seconds.
     Anton swallowed hard. “Oh, Liebchen, don’t do that.”
* * *
     Isabella squeezed her eyes shut. “Anton….”
     He recoiled. Her voice was like a dagger in his heart. He felt like nothing he said was helping—like she had made her decision, and he was powerless to change her mind or prevent it. With a sigh, he bowed from the waist. “As you wish, my lady,” he replied sadly. Then he turned his back on her, intending to run as fast as he could…anywhere. It didn’t matter where, so long as he got far enough away from here.

Must you be so melodramatic? Are you certain I would truly be so wicked as to hurl myself off a cliff?

Under normal circumstances, no, but at this point, you’re under the influence of the Plain of the Moon. Whatever evil fills that spot, it preys on a person’s greatest fears and deepest pains and drives them to act unwontedly. Savvy?

*Eyeroll* I suppose now you are going to have me throw myself into his arms for comfort.

Not exactly. If you’d stop interrupting me, you’ll see what happens to you both.

Say, is this the part where we “kiss and make up”? <:-D

Dude, I think she’d throw you off the cliff if you tried it. Be patient. And please—both of you—pipe down and let me write.

Shutting it now.

Proceed.

Oy.

But just as he began to take the first step away, he felt a firm grip on his hand, halting his momentum.
     “Anton?”
     He looked over his shoulder to see Isabella, arm extended, clinging to his hand with pleading eyes, despite her otherwise expressionless face.
     “Wait,” she murmured. “Do not leave me alone, or I may actually….” She shook her head, unable to finish. “You are in the right. I cannot go through with it—if you are here.”

(And you’ll have to wait ’till I finish the book to read the rest—mwahaha—’cos I’m mean like that.)
(If I even decide to keep this scene….)

Or even last night, when I felt inspired to scribble a few lines before bed:
     Fiona lay curled up in a fetal position, one arm hidden up to the elbow under her pillow, supporting her head. The other held her plush bear close to her heart, its furry brown head cradled in the palm of her hand, one perky little ear poking out between her thumb and forefinger.
     Anton lifted one corner of his mouth and shook his head slightly. That everlasting bear of hers, he thought indulgently. Quite possibly the most useless and least practical thing to tote along on a dangerous quest…yet I suppose it makes sense. If she’d left the thing at home, one of the orphans might have run off with it and lost it in the woods somewhere, or one of the dogs might have decided it’d make a fine chew-toy. Never mind that it might fall out of her pack while we’re scaling a thousand-foot mountain, or be swept away in that river we’ll have to cross tomorrow.
     He chuckled, suppressing the sound with both hands to avoid waking the sleepers, recalling the stories Ciaran had told him about Fiona’s bear. He walked quietly—more or less, with the occasional snorts of laughter—to the edge of camp, and leaning against a tree, gave full vent to his mirth.

Anton! That’s not how I wanted to write this scene!

Aw, I know. But your vision of me just standing there gravely contemplating the future of Dunsmüir, and musing about what the Heirs turned out to be—well, that was just too gloomy. I had to liven it up a bit.

By making fun of my poor old bear. Thanks a LOT.

Not making fun—just amusing myself at the thought of his surviving two shipwrecks, a fire, and nearly being thrown out. In reverse order.

*Sigh* You’re a stinker, you know that?

*Wink* But you love me anyhow.

Yeah, I do. *Ruffles hair*
Can I get back to writing? I’ll see if I can salvedge this scene….
 
     “What am I thinking?” he guffawed. “Of course nothing will happen to that blessed bear! If he can escape being thrown out with the rubbish, be plucked out of a burning ship, and survive not one, but two shipwrecks…well, now, what’s a little treasure-hunt through the evilest, most accursed land in all Ýdára? Ooh-hah! I declare, that bear leads a charmed life.”

Well, now you’ve done it. How can I write that loverly bit I envisioned now? Having you go back to camp and somberly ponder how well suited the Heirs are (or aren’t) to rule a kingdom…well, that’d be…awkward.

Do I really need to engage in such a brown study?

That makes no sense, grammatically.

Of course not. Our Anka’s tired, so naturally she gets our dialogue mixed now and then. Seriously, though, must I be so gloomy here?

Well, I was going to have you note that Isabella, of the four, is really the best suited to leadership, having been born to royalty and all….

Oh. OH. *Sunny grin* Well, now, that’s different.

*Eyeroll*

Thought you’d like that, boy-o. *Smirk*

Well, bother; now I feel guilty.

Perhaps I can stick your musings before your fit of laughter at Master Fuzz-Wuzz’s expense.

Yeah, that makes more sense.

Your pardon, lass, but where might I be in this merry wee scene?

Sleeping, my dear Gaelman.*

(Anka Note: Here Anton made a comment that was funny at a quarter-to-eleven at night, when I was practically falling asleep at the keyboard, but in the light of day seemed a little naughty. Must put a tighter bridle on my brain when it’s in Anton Mode….)

Enough. This was supposed to be our Anka’s writing-time ere she retired for the night in her world. You have interfered and wasted her time.

Not wasted entirely. I now know better how to write this scene. And I did want to include Anton’s thoughts concerning my bear leading a charmed life, so it hasn’t been an entirely unprofitable time.

But now you need to get to bed, Anka; you’ll be worn out tomorrow if you stay up too late again. Not that you stay up late that often, mind you—just saying—you know—um….

*Indulgent smile* I know. And relax, Jason; I’m not mad, and I know what you’re trying to say.
G’night, all.

*BIG HUGS* Goodnight, Anka!!!

Erm, Huckle, you’re not even in this story….

Oh. Oh, yeah. That’s right—I forgot. Well, I felt like you needed a Huckle-hug, anyway.

That I did. Thanks, boy-o.
OK, to bed now. For reals.

So there you have a peek into the thought-process of future Christian Fantasy author R.R. Goodwill. ;-)
It’s kinda funny; it’s like my Characters are my roommates at some boarding-house, and they’re all putting in their two-cents’-worth about how I write their autobiographies. :-P
Which is kinda cool. And whenever I find something cool or funny, I like to share it. Hope y’all enjoyed it. :-D

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~

*Gaelman = Reference to Ciaran/Jamies Gaelic (basically Scotch-Irish) ancestry. The Ýdáran equivalent of Scotsman or Irishman.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tagged!



Day Two of Kendra’s Blogging and Bookania Blog Party (just barely, in my time zone, that is), and today we’re going to play a favorite game of mine—tag!

PartyPartyParty! *BoingBoingBoing!*
*Confetti*
WHOOOOO!!!!

Erm, yes. The Pixie is a bit exited, can you tell? :-P

Shall we begin? We shall….

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start? I began my blogging career around 2004-ish, on a blogging host site called Xanga. Many of my “cyber-friends” from the message board we frequented at the time had their own blogs, and it seemed like a good way to keep in contact with my friends (till they all reached that magical age of eighteen and got eaten by the College Monster, that is…). It also seemed like a good way to share some of my hobbies, such as costume research and crafty bits.
2. How long have you been following my blog and how did you find me? How long? I’m gonna say two years…maybe three. I know it hasn’t been the whole five years. As to how I found Kendra’s blog…I honestly can’t remember now. Might have been through Miss Melody, might have been through Character Encounters or Fairy Tale Commentaries…not sure. It’s been a blessing, as the CEs helped motivate me to get back into my writing after a long slump. Plus Kendra’s just a fun person to follow. ;-)
3. Which of the books on my
WIP list sound the most interesting to you? They all sound interesting in one way or another, but the ones I’m most looking forward to are:
~Mermaid Footprints. Because I enjoyed visiting Jen’s Imagination in The Ankulen, so seeing more of it will be a treat. Plus the title immediately gets one’s attention.
~The New Division. The dual-mooned world of Coluna sounds intriguing, especially the two “tribes” (if you will) of Elves, and the fact that all the foliage and grass and stuff is red or pink.
~Infiltration. Because, IMHO, the world needs more stories about Hobbits.
—Erm, excuse me, I *mean* Elvings. *Halo*

~Half-hidden. The world-building Kendra has hinted at is fascinating (Dragons who take on Human form when they die? Tell me more…), plus she’s as much as said this is the world of Megan’s dad, mentioned in The Ankulen. Curiosity piqued; awaiting enlightenment….
~
HaV Academy. ’Cos I’m curious to see how Kendra gives Roxanne/ROCKS the happy ending she (Roxanne) doesn’t think she deserves, and how she (Kendra) resolves the whole “play the game or die” issue.
~The Nutcracker’s Son. Because I’m a bit of a Nutcracker fan myself (it has a special traditional place in my family).
~Sing, Aling. A science-fiction/fantasy retelling of Peter Pan? Intriguing. Especially since (I think…?) Kendra mentioned that the Peter and Wendy characters are married in this story. *Ships it*
~The Worth of a King. For some reason, I’m already attached to Kendra’s and Jack’s characters and want to find out what happens to them…although I have a bad feeling about the fate of one of them…but hopefully I’m wrong….
~Fire And Song. Another “villain” story where it’ll be interesting to see how Kendra resolves it all. Plus I love the idea of people taking on bird form according to their abilities (?), and some of them representing the Elements. So cool (or in this case, hot).
~The Eternal Queen. Love the concept here—a queen disappears every fifty years, then reappears as a young girl.
~Trilogy of Secrets. I want to find out how Colinda gets her memories back!
~Trilogy of One. Just the title is intriguing. And the name of the world it features: Land of the Fallen Rainbow. And the fact that Kendra is adopting her mother’s unfinished story.
And the next installments of Bookania and Rizkaland, of course. :-)
4. What are three of your favorite fairy tales? Just off the top of my head: Snow White and Rose Red, The Twin Brothers, and The Enchanted Fawn. Mainly because they’re not as well known as some other fairytales, and because they feature siblings who actually love each other.
5. What is the strangest fairy tale you've ever read? Ach, I’ve read several oddballs, but I think The Juniper Tree is near the top of the list of strangest tales ever. Creepy, too. *Shudder*
6. What are some things that you're looking forward to/hope will happen in future Bookania Quests? I’d like to see Snow White and Rose Red make an appearance. :-D Plus I’m still waiting for Prince Eric to find his lost brother Lukas.
7. Recommend a book for me to read. (You can check my Goodreads shelf to see what I've already read/my interests) Give Alexander Lloyd’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen a go. It’s set in a fantasy version of ancient China and features everything needed for an epic expanded fairytale: A prince, a collection of unlikely companions, a spunky heroine, and several mysterious gifts. And a journey, of course…but not the one Jen thinks he’s going on….
*EDIT* OhOhOH! Forgot to mention the best part: There's a tiger in this story...who's actually one of the Good Guys! A fictional rarity, in my experience. Go read it!!! :-D
8. What, to you, are the essential elements of a good story? If it’s a Christian book, the content must be God-honoring, of course. That means different things to different people, but for me, it means weaving in His Truth amid the fiction. Also important are coherent plot, characters the reader can identify with and root for, balance between conflict and resolution, humor and sorrow, romance and seriousness. And a clear definition between good and evil, if it’s that kind of story.
9. What is your favorite fairy tale retelling, whether film or book, and why? Just off the top of my head (again), I’ll go with the Cannon MovieTale version of Puss in Boots. OK, so it’s a bit goofy at times, and the acting is a bit awkward, but overall, it’s really cute and good clean fun. They took a few liberties, but it really fleshed out the characters and the stories nicely. My favorite part is that Puss takes on Human form at need, which is not only a lot less cheesy than a guy in a fur suit, but adds another layer of depth. And Christopher Walken totally steals the show. :-))
10. Tell me about a project (preferably a book, but I'll understand if you're not a writer), that you're incredibly excited about. I’m currently having fun writing various snippets for my Heirs of Dunsmüir saga/story arc (part of my Ýdára multiverse). Figuring out Jason Windrider’s dragonish education and what that entails; weaving in a previously unrelated character and tinkering with her backstory; researching ENFP and INTJ personalities for Anton and Isabella, respectively; trying to decide if I need to “type” Ember MacTavish or just continue with her cheerfully overconfident, somewhat bossy but well-meaning tomboyishness. Learning some surprising things about Anton’s heritage and figuring out how they affect the rest of the story. Finally finding a suitable name for Tom/Fiona Godwynn’s plush bear. Debating whether to include an epic “Wizard’s Battle” at the climax…or do something more subtle, slightly comical, and decidedly less violent.
Fun, fun, fun! I really love these characters (especially Anton, not gonna lie :-D…though Ciaran/Jamie will always be my first love <3); they’ve risen to the top of my Favorites list, and I’m really looking forward to telling their stories coherently. ;-)

Keep popping in on Kendra’s blog, as this Party has only just begun! Check out other people’s answers to this tag, read the many Character Interviews, and let’s keep the party going!!!

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Character Interview ~Agatha~

Today marks the first day of Kendra’s Bookania Blog Party! *Confetti* This party is doubly special, as it not only celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Bookania Quests being published, but also Kendra’ seventh year of blogging. Congratulations, Anka Kendra! May God grant you many more years of writing and blogging, and may they be productive and fulfilling. :-D
To help celebrate, Kendra has given me the honor of having one of her Characters over for a little interview. I chose Agatha because she seems to get (unintentionally, I’m sure) pushed to the background, and thought it’d be nice to let her have the spotlight for a bit.
Agatha:
via Pinterest
Hello, Agatha, and welcome to the Rambling Rose! Have a seat and a cup of tea or cocoa, and relax. Oh, yes, some of my imaginary friends made you this basket to catch all the gems you’ll be dropping during this interview. They’re thoughtful like that. :-) So let’s get started....

1.) I’ve heard that when you say your own name, an agate-stone drops from your mouth. Just out of curiosity, what gem appears when you speak of Princess Robin?
Usually a ruby.

2.) Tell us a little about your family and your childhood.
My father died when I was a baby. I lived with my mother and twin sister, who hated me because I was the pretty one. They made me do all of the work until Yifinna blessed me and cursed my sister. Then they banished me from my our home.
Oh, ouch. *Sympathetic half-smile*

3.) Have you any hobbies or other activities you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I actually do enjoy cleaning and cooking.

4.) What are some of your goals in life, and how has your “gift” affected them?
I’ve never wanted anything more than a simple life. To marry a man I love, have my own home and family. I’m afraid that a simple life is no longer an option ... but love ... *glances down with a blush, staring at the jewels in her bowl.*
 *Hides a smile* True love will have its way. When the time is right, the Author will bring just the right man into your life.
But I digress....

5.) Will you be joining Princess Robin & Co. on any new adventures?
I don’t know. Kendra says that I’ll have a role in book 5, but beyond that, she’s not entirely certain.
Thank you for having me over to your blog. I’ll let you keep these jewels. Kendra says that they won’t work in your own world, but your characters could make use of them.

You’re very welcome, Agatha, and thank you! I’m sure Anton will appreciate your generous gift, being a jeweler and all.

Certainly, certainly! Especially that lovely blue-green sapphire the same color as the eyes of a certain Nóska queen who’s stolen my heart….<3 :-D

-_- Anton.

(OK, you two, enough. This isn’t your show, after all.)

 Several of Kendra’s books are FREE during the Party, so if you have a Kindle (or similar magical pocket-library device), grab them while you can! Here’s a list of what books are free on what dates:

Sew, It’s a QuestJuly 24th-28th

Do You Take This Quest?July 28th-August 1st
Tears, Frogs and LaughterJuly 30th-August 3rd
CinderEddyJuly 31st-August 4th
 
Be sure to visit Kendra’s blog and check out the other Character Interviews and other fun what-nots she has in store!



Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Class of 2016

Today, my "baby brother" graduated from Rogue Community College.
Pictured with his Outstanding Student Award
('cos he didn't have his diploma yet when we took the pic)

It has been a long, grueling three years since he took that big step and made the decision to earn his AA, but God has been faithful to uphold him (even when being run through the meat-grinder that was that first year at North Idaho College--OY!), and He has brought him to this point.

 The college presented him with their Outstanding Student Award this Spring for his nearly-perfect 4.0 grade average and good attitude and work ethic. And considering his Electronic Engineering professor has only had nine students with that GPA since the 1990s till now...oops, there go my buttons again.... :-D

Congratulations, Peter! Mom and I are so proud of you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Midway Check List



So here we are at the middle of the year. Only six months left in 2016. Zowie! Where does the time go??

Methought it fitting to check up on the goals I made back in January and see how I’m doing….
(All pix via Pinterest unless otherwise noted)

Writing Goals:

Nácil Vituódhtrán, Crown Prince of the Faeries:  ·        Finish first draft of Prince Nácil.

Haven’t done this yet, but I’m plugging away at it as inspiration hits. I’ll have to go some to get it finished by New Year 2017, though. (And my offer still stands for anyone who wants to beta-read it.)


Jane Foster and Elsie Douglas:
Jane Foster and Elsie Douglas.
Looking forward to working with these two cuties!
 ·        Plot out the Main Series. Need to give more serious thought to this. I think I know about where it ends, so at least I have a goal to shoot for….
Stardust, the silver Water-drake, in her lair. Obviously, she hoards books instead of shinies ;-):
Stardust, the silver Water-dragoness,
who hoards books instead of shinies. ;-)
·         Organize/finalize other series/story-arcs, including dramatus personae. I drew up a sort of “timeline” to help me visualize how all the story-arcs connect with the Main Series (and each other in some cases), but I’m still debating on some of the cast. I did bite the bullet and include The Pirate-hunter in Ýdára (since the protagonist and her love interest were essentially the same characters as two others in this world), so now I get to tweak backstories and add pirates to the mix of baddies my Characters have to fight. Um, yay? ;-)
·       Read/re-read snippets from fellow “scribblers” and send feedback. The two shorter ones are DONE, *confetti* and I’m working my way through the largest one…and then I discovered another snippet I’d forgotten about. *D’oh!* So, we make a little progress….
·        Write review for Water Princess, Fire Prince.
Mock Cover by R.R. Goodwill
·       
DONE! Posted on Amazon. And eventually, I need to revamp my mock-cover. This one is blocky at best, and the Kastle is totally wrong.... /SELF-CRITICISM
Host a Blog Party for my Imaginary Worlds.
A glimpse of the Guardian:
In progress. Some of my Characters started talking to me, Real Life stuff happened (Whatcha gonna do when the well… needs sanitizin’…honey?), so preparing Party Posts wasn’t a top priority. But I’d still like to do it eventually…I’m thinking sometime in September, so’s I can feature the Pirate-hunter bits on Talk Like a Pirate Day. :-D Annnnnd…since I have several worlds, and they’re all more or less intricate, I may have to break up the Party into several. Or keep what I share about each to a minimum. Cue more pondering….


Sewing and Crafty Goals:
·        SEW ALL THE THINGS!!! Actually…the Lord finally got it through my thick skull that I really don’t *need* any more clothes. He’s provided some very nice “normal” frocks via the local thrift stores, so that takes the pressure off me to sew everything in order to have stuff to wear. It’s so freeing, really, to know my fabrics are packed away in a bin for when I need them—later. I do still intend to make up the embroidered things (including my Rapunzel costume), and there are a few items that won’t take too long to alter for the Summer and Fall. But there’s no huge rush for the rest now. *Ahhhh….*

·        Design/make jewelry to match outfits. In progress. I’m still kinda figuring out my personal style—what I like to look at and design often isn’t what I’m comfortable wearing. Plus a lot of my clothes either don’t need jewelry, or the necklines aren’t conducive to wearing a necklace with them. Then, too, there’s Summertime, when it’s just too hot to have stuff around one’s neck. That’s where my earrings get to come out and play, I guess. So yeah. Still tinkering….
·        Post new Etsy listings regularly. Och, I’ve been a bad girl here. Haven’t posted as often as I intended to so far. Need to get on the ball….
·        Finish knitting and crochet WIPs. Five little bears—DONE. Bearington—DONE. Afghan—In progress. Need 52 of one type of hexagon, 11 Dragon hexagons, and 26 half-hexagons to filling around the edges. Currently have about 45 hexagons made, plus one completed Dragon hexagon (actually two; I just haven’t sewn the Dragon to the patch yet). Six other Dragons made, but a few need tweaking before I make the hexagon part around them. Also need to figure out how to crochet a half-hexagon….
·        Knit some ear-warmers. Haven’t even started on this yet.
·        “Pixie Bonnet” —In  progress. Decided not to buy the knitted “Pixie-hat” pattern when I found this FREE crocheted one late last month. I’m using two colors of yarn worked together, and crocheting gives a better “tweed” texture than knitting, anyhow.

Other Goals:
·        Stay on schedule. Eh…sorta-kinda-almost. I have a loose routine I’m following right now, but it’s not set in writing.
·        Get E-Sword on my computer. *Sigh* Haven’t done this, either. But I am trying to read a chapter a day as possible, so at least I’m not totally neglecting my Spiritual life…quite.
·        Redecorate my room. Sold my fancy furniture the Winter and now have a much simpler, less imposing bed and nightstand, and a big desk (on extended loan from our pastor’s wife) that has a fold-down easel and a light-panel for artwork. Right now, it serves as a computer desk, but I do hope to use it for art eventually, too. Not sure I’ll actually do the tole-painting, since both the desk and nightstand are on loan from other people…and not that much of the bedframe shows anyhow. I may re-finish it, though, as the old finish is kinda messed up. Not even thinking about painting the walls/trim or hanging prisms this year.
·        Exercise more. I try to take a coupe laps around the drive when the weather is good, but that’s about it. And I try to do some stretches in the evenings….

So, not doing as well as I hoped…but then, maybe I bit off more than I can chew. :-P

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~

Monday, March 28, 2016

The New Dream: Take 2

“What if it’s not everything I always dreamed of?”

Y’know that Rapunzel-inspired Party Frock I posted about a while back?
Since then, the more I looked at my fabrics, the more I began to have serious doubts about the whole mixed-prints thing…especially once I realized I couldn’t embroider the skirt (well, I could, but it would have been too busy with the print), and I did so want to embroider it.

I did some more thinking and rather confused praying about it, afterwards getting a second opinion from Mom. The resolution I came to as a result is this: I’ve had this dream for nearly six years; it’s something close to my heart—something very special to me—I don’t want to botch it up. Mom encouraged me to get solid-colored fabrics for the skirt and sleeves because that’s what I really wanted, and we both knew I just wouldn’t be happy with the mixed prints. I’ve done this to myself so many times in the past—wanting to recreate a favorite movie costume (or a more modest version thereof *cough*), visualizing it in my mind, having a goal for how to make it…and then either cheated myself with incorrect fabrics and/or messed up the project out of impatience, or just given up entirely.
I don’t want to settle for “close enough” or “sorta inspired by” just because that’s what I could afford/find locally, when just a little more effort (and admittedly, a little more $$$) can bring me closer to my goal.

No, I am NOT going to spend upwards of $20 a yard for the “authentic” design printed on silk. That were obsession. I have, however, taken Mom’s advice and purchased three yards of solid orchid-purple cotton, and half a yard of lighter purple, from a couple of Etsy stores. And here they are:
L-R: Kona Cotton "Wisteria" (upper sleeves),
Printed Bodice Fabric,
Kona Cotton "Crocus" (skirt)
 (Pardon the wrinkles; I haven’t had time to iron them yet.)
So now I can embroider the skirt like I wanted, PTL! And I’ve decided to use the embroidery patternfrom the movie costume. I mean, come on, if I’m going to make a Rapunzel dress, I should go ahead and make a Rapunzel dress, wot? Plus it’s so cute and fun and, well, Rapunzel-y! This graphic (thumbs-up to whoever made it) gives a pretty good idea of how the embroidery is laid out, so hopefully I can correlate it with the actual patterns.
I’d still really like to have the front panel be printed, but this print doesn’t come in a deeper orchid-purple. Not sure I could successfully over-dye it, either, so I’ll probably just make the whole skirt out of the “Crocus” fabric.

Also kinda waffling on whether to go with the “all purple” color scheme like I originally planned, or to take that extra step and make pink lower sleeves, get pink piping and lacing, and add pink and blue to the embroidery. It looks great on Rapunzel, of course, and on little girls…but on me? Feels like it’d be a bit young, and I don’t want to look like a refugee from Disneyland (or and Easter egg, LOL).
Cue more thinking and praying….

And don’t worry about the swirly print; I love it too much in its own right to toss it. In fact, by God’s grace I discovered I can get a whole dress out of my 3 ½+ yards, with a little careful pattern placement. So hurrah! I get a purple Summer frock, too. :-D

I’ll admit, I was ready to give up on this project for a time, but God has brought me this far with it—providing for the materials—and confirmed it through Mom’s encouragement. I can only trust that He’ll guide me through to the end.

Until next time, Gentle Readers,
God bless,
~R~