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Have you ever tried to write an epic fantasy? I have, and I loved every minute of it. There’s a lot of work and planning that go into building your world.

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Should I include a prophecy or shouldn’t I? Should I build an intricate magic school or shouldn’t I? How much of my plans do I reveal to my readers?

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I’m not your typical epic fantasy author. I don’t use overly colorful language, though there are some curse words in my books. I tell it as I see it, knowing the story will carry itself in the end.

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(Insert penis joke.)

There’s a hint of love that could blossom, but hasn’t. And there’s no sex, for those bothered by it.

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A group of friends and family that only want to help.

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There’s Nord, an elf who is too pretty for his own good.

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Sanche, a stern elven general looking to fade into obscurity.

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Missy and her fairy friends try to keep everyone on task.

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Tyrosh is a dragon unable to shift forms and held prisoner by the false Tutanbringer, Martell.

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Jaxon is the halfling friend of everyone, only along for the ride.

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Martell is the man who stole Tyrosh’s mantle.

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And Lovonian is the one out for revenge, while seeking to bring balance to the world.

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I wrote the books to learn to write, and I’m glad I chose the genre I did. Writing the story of Lovonian felt like telling people about a movie only I could see.

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I can still see the scenes clear as day if I close my eyes. It’s almost like magic. If only it was as simple translating the images to words.

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There’s a ton of planning that goes into writing an epic fantasy, but I really did none of that for Breath of the Titans. I only sought to write a story I would enjoy reading as time passed. So far, that holds true.

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Now I’ve written several different genres, from contemporary fiction filled with zombies and other monsters, to a science fiction adventure filled with a myriad of races. In both cases, it was much easier to start the world building process. It could be experience, but I think it’s genre.

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In my horror stories, it’s much easier to get started because they are set in a world like this one. I don’t have to plan a religion, politics, or anything that I know the reader already knows. Whereas in a fantasy book, all of those things need to be taken into account. I can’t assume you know the religions of the world, because I am building it from the ground up. I can’t assume you know how the king will react, as he rules a land only in my head.

But in a contemporary environment, I can mention the president, and you can imagine how they could react. Same with religion, if I say christianity you automatically know what I mean. That’s not to say that horror can’t have the same planning and storylines that go into an epic fantasy, just that if the author chooses they can be a bit lazier about the entire process.

Science Fiction is a bit closer to epic fantasy, as far as world building goes. I cannot rely on the reader’s knowledge to fill in the blanks on the same issues. But I can include modern gadgets and whizzbingers. I can say, “They carried a communicator in their hands.” and you can picture an image of what I’m talking about. You may even understand on a basic level how the contraption might work.

Harder to do that in a fantasy world. Harder to explain that the titans are robots  made by magic. Or how a magician uses his mind to shape the very fabric of the world. These are concepts that, while not difficult to understand, are much harder to put into words. It’s much harder to convey exactly what propels them, versus in science fiction where I can point to the gears, nuts, and bolts and say, “That’s what makes it tick.”

Having written several genres now, I can officially say that they’re all equally difficult. The thought and planning that goes into any book is monumental. It just seems to me, that epic fantasy takes that little bit more planning.

As it is, I’m amazed at how quickly my books came together. I learned a lot from the experience about pacing and telling the story you want to tell.

The great thing about an epic fantasy, or really any work, is you can put your ideals into it. Take Breath of the Titans, I wanted to write something that reflected all of the many religions I’ve tried to study in my life. I wrote the series with an approach to life that a new age spiritual person might use. I meditated and sat in the sun, thinking positive thoughts and listening to the world around me. Then I would go inside and sit in front of my computer, and the story would literally pour from my head onto the page. I didn’t have to think, I didn’t really plan all that far ahead. I had my characters and their limitations. With those in mind, the story seemed to build itself from the ground up. There’s a bit of foreshadowing in the book, though I freely admit most of it was accidental. It’s amazing what our minds can do when we sit and put them to work.

Everyone Dies At The End and Journey From Atremes have a little bit different process, but the premise is still the same. I go and I think. I work my brain muscle until it hurts, and then I work it some more.

Keeping the voices of the characters different was simple, though I admit the dialogue is probably a bit more contemporary than in most fantasy novels.

I know this is going to sound a bit like schizophrenia, but when a character speaks to me, I hear their voice. The inflection, the way they carry themselves. I see it all in a million little images, shapes, and feelings. The problem I have comes from translating the sights and sounds in my mind onto the page for someone else to understand.

I tend to write in Rilenese, which means I need a lot of translation from what I originally put down upon the page to the finished story. People, places, names, anything can and will change during the process.

Breath of the Titans never suffered from that problem. Once I started writing it, I had all my characters already pre-planned. Those characters are what compelled me to write the story. Having to choose between having them bug me, or putting their words upon the page.

Even though I went into everyday with no idea what I wanted to write, I never had a problem getting words onto the page. I didn’t struggle to find things and events to add to the book. If anything, I struggled with finding places to fit their adventures into the novel. There are a thousand things I never mention in the books, because if I did the trilogy would be 1,000 pages long, and I didn’t want to write that.

I wanted to write a fun little adventure, full of excitement and imagination at every turn. I think I did that. Feel free to let me know your opinion.

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Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Super Bowl IXLI Edition

Woot! Seahawks getting another world title! Woot!

So excited that the Seahawks are not only Super Bowl 49 bound, but defending champions!!

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Blue : L.A. Girl Magnetic nail polish dark blue

Silver: L.A. Colors Color Craze’s Wired

Green: Naturistics Super Shine’s Leaf me alone creme (bad color choice.. more on that later)

Bracelets: same I wore last game.

Fingers all feature a unique graphic pattern.

Painted all nails with a base of silver because the green is very opaque and thin.

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Index fingers: I used scotch tape to block out what I wanted green, applied two thick coats of blue.

After waiting for blue to dry, I carefully peeled away the tape, noting the thickness of the blue edge. Painted multiple coats of green, pressing brush gently against the blue border before continuing down rest of nail. Waited between coats to dry. A thick clean edge is what kept this looking nice.

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L. ring & R. middle finger: kept them simple by two coats of the blue. (I wear rings on these two fingers)

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L. middle & R ring fingers: painted a thick green stripe with multiple coats. Used tape to block a stripe of green slightly smaller than what was painted. Painted two layers of blue, peeled back tape to reveal a messy jagged green stripe. It was ropy, bumpy, and patchy in places, Fixed by smoothing them out with fingertip and more green to balance the stripe’s color.

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Pinkies: Painted them numerous coats of green. Blocked tips with scotch tape. Applied two coats, peeled off tape when blue was dry, a good amount of green stuck to the tape, I smoothed the tips out with a fingertip, decided not to even the color and texture so left it be.

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Thumbs: multiple layers of green on full nail. Blocked out pattern with strips of damp paper. Used a thick coat of blue. Removed paper strips, painted tip blue on green lateral half, making sure to be careful.

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The green I used was awful. It took more layers and time than I ever care to spend on nails. Took FOREVER to dry, hope it’s just the bottle. I really DO like this color. This bottle is pretty old. Strongly disappointed. This bottle will be used Only to paint the green parts of flora (stems, leaves,etc., etc…)

My nails were fully dry when I applied the scotch tape to cover up what I wanted to remain green. I pressed gently on the tape and ,the tape was there only long enough for the blue to dry. Paper is tricky: too dry, won’t stay… too wet and it leaves stuff behind.

Having my carefully thought out design not live up to my expectations because of implementing a new “time saving tool” will NOT happen again. FUCK tape and other “special tricks. I shall continue to paint freehand and touch up edges when doing graphic designs as needed. It’s more efficient that way.

FREE BOOK Victory is mine! You can get my series online at Smashwords.com!

FINALLY got my books into the smashwords.com premium catalog. Had to blow up and redo the manuscript four times, but I hope it’s worth it! So, for those who have stuck with me, and liked the story I started the blog with, I offer you a free sample. While I want to become a professional author, to me getting the story out is more important. So, I offer you all an exclusive chance to get my books for free in any electronic format you like. Coupons as follow.

First off is the always free, Breath of the Titans: Little Black Stormcloud.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/476522

Next is Breath of the Titans: A Mother’s Love.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479245  Free book code-ZT44P Not case sensitive

And Last is Breath of the Titans: War of the Chiefs.

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Hope you all enjoy them, and feel free to leave me any feed back. The codes are good until April of next year, but after that the last 2 books go back on sale for $0.99 each. Laters!

Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Holy Crap It’s Been Awhile Edition

So, if anyone wants to give Sara crap for not doing this for a week or two….come after me. It’s all my fault. This is actually 3 posts in one, but I was working on getting my book formatted and yada yada, excuse, excuse. So, please don’t judge her for my slacker ways. Oh, and if you like the way the bracelets look, you’re more than welcome to contact us about custom made ones.

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Last week’s game against the rams I wore this design, so nice, did it twice.

Applied two coats of L.A. Girl Magnetic nail polish in a dark stormy blue. Layered over it a highly saturated fine glittery cobalt blue polish that shifts to deep purples(L.A.Girl Rock Star nail lacquer).Used three coats to get that sparkle. Selecting Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming, I drew a thin line horizontally along each nail flattening the brush first before using it. Finished with a silver accent using L.A. Colors color craze’s Live .

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New Year’s nail art. I liked the seahawks vs rams design so much I amped it up for the holiday.

 

The white is the product of careful layering. I painted what I wanted white with silver first, layering Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark over it. Effectively transforming L.A. Colors’ Live into a shimmery winter white. Did this for the base, stripes and accent dots. As an added bonus, my work paid off and I was rewarded with glowing nails in a fun distinctive pattern. Mostly came up with this winter shimmer white because I don’t like plain white, it’s boring and reminds me of White Out correction fluid. I’ve yet to find a shimmery white with a high fine glitter content that is in my budget.

On thumbs and pinkies : base is three coats of Sinful Colors Professional in Starry Night. I picked out the big pieces of glitter for a polished look.  Drew a thin line horizontally across nail with L.A. Colors color craze’s Live, carefully layered Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark over it, finished with a red accent dot in Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar.

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For ring and index fingers:  Base is two coats of Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar. A thin stripe of Starry Night, accented with a dot of winter white.

Middle fingers: Two coats of L.A. Colors color craze’s Live. Three coats of Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark, being careful to wait til dry between coats of glow. Horizontal red stripe in Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar. Topped with a black accent dot using Sinful Colors Professional’s Starry Night.

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Bracelets worn with New Year’s nails.

Black, some rainbow patina, and stone. Red segments, accents and leaves. Frosted bands and leaves too

 

 

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New Year’s makeup. Eyes: High Intensity Pigments metallic shadow duo in Platinum. This pair is a very metallic silver paired with a dark inky black that has shimmery flecks. Used the silver, making and filling the shape shown, also applied it under bottom eyelashes. Lined top and bottom eyelashes with Jordana Glitter Rocks retractable eye liner pencil in Glam Rock Green. Used generous swipes of Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes fiberized lash weave mascara in Green on upper and lower eyelashes, also used it to subtly color my eyebrows. Lips : Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Gothic.

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For these game day nails (Seahawks Vs. Cardinals) I started with two layers of L. A. Colors color craze’s Wired. I then used Live (silver) being careful to leave a blue border. Keeping a silver border, I applied another layer of Wired inside the silver, making certain to stay in the middle. Finished it off by adding Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming (sparkly green) at cuticles.

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These are the bracelets I paired with it.

(not for the kiddos) Yay for the holidays! A look at a new project. (not for the kiddos)

Hey guys! Just wanted to give you guys a bit of an update, and let you know I haven’t forgotten about you. Got a new laptop for Christmas (As well as a handmade quilt that will be shown off in a post from Sara.) so I’ve been writting and working furiously where I left off before my last computer blew up. Anyways, wanted to give you guys a sneak peak at something Sara and I have been working on the past few days. (Warning:Unedited work ahead. Read at your own risk.)

Chapter 16
Earl considered the woman tied to the chair before him. His demon stood behind her, telling him how to break her and make her give up the stash. Blood still covered her face where the demon ran its fingers. The demon removed its fingers from the woman, and Earl smiled as he saw the light of sanity enter her eyes. “Hello there. Do you know what you were doing an hour ago?”
She shook her head as if clearing cobwebs from it. “Darren and I, we were watching the news, getting ready to try this new drug Murphy gave him.” Earl could see her following her memories. The wheels turned traveling backwards through that night. Her eyes closed in pleasure as she smiled, remembering her  first drink of a piss yellow liquid. “The stuff tasted disgusting, but the high was worth it. We felt like gods.” Her eyes grew wide and a fearful look came over her face. “We did terrible things to some hobo that came to the house asking for help. But it felt right, as if we were meant to do it. And then things turned for the worst.” She glared at Earl, her eyes growing hard. “Can we quit talking about this. I did something horrible. I don’t want to remember.”
“I want you to remember.” He replied, an evil glint entering his eyes. The demon told him to continue pressing her. “Darren was my friend. He may have ripped me off a couple times, but he still didn’t deserve what you did to him. I want the guilt to eat you. Now tell me, where are the drugs?”
“They’re all gone, man. We did them all.” she said, struggling against her restraints.
“Quit squirming.” Earl pressed his gun to her forehead, “And don’t lie to me. Where are the drugs? I only want the opiates, you can keep the other shit.” The woman cried out in fear as the metal of the barrel stabbed painfully into her scalp. “Tell me damnit  or I’ll fucking kill you!”
“Alright, I’ll tell you, just don’t kill me.” The fear in her eyes showed her to be telling the truth. “Opiates are in the attic, hidden in the floorboards under the blue rug.”
Earl smiled, heading upstairs to claim his prize. He lifted the floorboards under the rug and realized he’d found the motherload. He was happy he’d found a car, because he was going to need it. Earl found a bag of pure white heroin and snorted a bump, just enough to take the edge off. He started moving the drugs right away, and within the hour his car was stuffed.
As Earl worked, the demon whispered instructions to him. On his last run, he stopped in Darren’s room long enough to remove the man’s head. He carried it downstairs and set it on the table to stare at the woman. “There, now you two can talk out your issues like a responsible couple.”
She started to jerk and spasm in her chair, trying to free herself. “Don’t do this to me, I didn’t do anything to you!”
“No, but you ate this man in a zombie apocalypse, and you’re not even infected.” Earl left the house as she screamed and cursed at him. He could still here her before he closed the door to the car.

Sara’s Weekly Whatever. Stealing the computer long enough to make a post edition!

Managed to buy eight new colors of nail polish,(three were on clearance) a green mascara, silver glitter eyeliner, and glitter eyeshadows in a pastel palette. I LOVE Halloween , best time to get the rare goods! I’m talking about glitters, black and other colors of lipstick, glow in the dark anything, colored/sparkly hairsprays, black cat anything, hair dyes in fun colors, other goodies for those that follow a different beat

Seahawks won their game. From now on I’m going to wear my Seahawks playoff shirt on gamedays. On the days that I haven’t worn it, the team’s lost.Don’t want to fuck up what works best lol.

Got a bunch of costume ideas from rummaging through my closet. Costumes run from the very easy to do to some that could have contest potential with the right accessories or upgraded pieces.

But first, nails!

Applied two coats of L.A. Colors color craze nail polish in Live (silver). Using Wired (blue) it’s in the same brand as the silver, I drew a line starting from the mid point of cuticle straight down the lateral length of nails. I then added green tips being careful to paint around the blue line. The green used is New York Color’s in a new york minute quick dry nail polish High Line Green.

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First costume idea is very simple to do. All that you need is a shirt that has “lucky” or “Lady Luck”. My shirt is one I picked up years ago from Wal-mart for St. Patrick’s Day and other “lucky occasions”.

For this costume, it’s best to keep makeup simple because the focus should be on the numbers and other symbols used. I did a twist and added some of my own lucky symbols amongst the traditional ones. A black cat and the number 13. There’s a turtle, a horseshoe, the numbers 7 & 6, two four leaf clovers. I used eyeliners for the numbers and to outline the horseshoe and to add definition to the turtle. Using eyeshadow, I made head, tail, flippers with a bright green. The shell is with blue. I then drew the flippers, tail and head ,giving my turtle a bit of a pointed nose with a black glitter eyeliner.For the shell I used a silver glitter eyeliner on the outside edge, I edged the inside of the silver with the black, adding more detail as i went along. For the horseshoe I applied a highly pigmented silver in a U shape, then drew the outline with the black glitter eyeliner, cleaning up as I went.To top this look off I added a jade elephant pendant with the trunk curled up to pair with my ever present cross…..oh, and some homemade hoop earrings that share colors with the shirt. (South Park in the background, one of our favorite animated shows<3 )

TIP: If you can, have a friend paint your chosen numbers, animals, and other symbols on your face. I used a mirror to do this. Very important If you’re going to use a mirror, draw your numbers Backwards, that way they’re correct when viewed by friends.

If you’re stuck on what lucky symbols to use, go on google and start there, from the search, I learned that there’s a shitload of lucky animals, objects and symbols. To top this look off I added a jade elephant pendant with the trunk curled up to pair with my ever present cross…..oh, and some homemade hoop earrings that share colors with the shirt. (South Park in the background, one of our favorite animated shows<3 )

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Second costume idea is called “biker babe” For this one to really shine (and be better than mine lol) You will need a leather jacket,( hope yours has buttons, for authenticity, I suggest those that hit about waist/hip, any with fringe or a zipper. Adornments are a plus. Leather pants or riding chaps over bootcut or jegging/skinny jeans or any other comfortable pair, preferably blue or black. If you have boots above the ankle and taller they’d be awesome for this, just make sure your boots are over your pants, the better to show them off. A bold graphic shirt featuring a bike or any brand of one is an essential piece that ties it together. A shirt with a motto like “death before dishonor” “love me , love my bike” , etc., etc., skulls, stuff that looks like “ed hardy” http://www.designersimports.com/cat-ed_hardy.htm can also go here www.harleydavidson.com .Tattoos are a plus and really cool as are piercings too. Keep makeup bold but simple and if in doubt pick colors from your shirt or go wild and have fun 🙂 I used orange on the inner half of eyes, used a blue that matched shirt for outer half, and red for lips.  Applied black mascara generously.

For accessories, chained wallets, bandana hat/headband, metal/ studded belt, any jewelry featuring roses, flames, skulls, crosses,spikes, studs and other motifs in the two sites or similar ones. Layer jewelry, have many rings, bracelets, necklaces.

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Third costume is of a renaissance peasant woman. Renaissance faires are fun places to attend….especially in costume. Sometimes you can even get a discount if you’re in costume. Don’t feel like dressing up as a peasant, then try fairy, nymph, mermaid,sprite, satyr, minor royalty, dwarf,elf, troll, orc, random disney princess, your rift or world of warcraft character, any lord of the rings character, game of thrones, list goes ever on.

For this costume I went with makeup in light purples on eyes, some mascara, and bold berry lips. It helps to have a shirt , cropped or otherwise with long pointy sleeves like mine,I’ll prolly wear a long sleeved shirt in a close match under this one.

A peasant top works well too.If unsure what qualifies as a peasant top just go to google images. A crinkle skirt like mine is an essential piece to have. I got it for cheap at Wal-mart. A chain skirt is another nice element to have. here’s a close up of mine. Keep jewelry and nails simple. Best suited footwear for this is ….simple leather sandals or clog like shoes.

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Last idea  is “rebel royalty”. Pile on the black, lace, crosses, skulls, have a tiara in your hair, a dark makeup look with pops of bold or bright color , can also spray temporary hair colors on pieces or edges or dye all your hair. I use Jerome Russell’s Punky Colour Spring Green on my unbleached strawberry blonde hair. It’s semi permanent, left my damaged hair silken soft the conditioners tamed fly aways and left my hair easier to style. The bright green highlights were applied using Jerome Russell B wild!!!temp’ry color spray Jaguar Green. It washes out with soap and water easily. For best results arrange the hair you want sprayed on top of a cloth, that way only the selected bits get color hits and the rest stays nice. Black peasant top with lace on sleeves to match the short lace skirt, bonus points if it’s got rips and holes. Dammnit, the tiara isn’t very visible but it’s there. I wear leggings with this cause I don’t like exposing my legs and it’s cold, also don’t wan’t to blind anyone lol. I used black sneakers but black boots would work here, so would mary janes, embellished slip ons, loafers too Especially if velvet, embroidered, or spikes,studs. Stilettos won’t work here.(most rebels refuse to wear them, I myself can’t stand the pointy painful toe end and the tiny toothpick heel that can get stuck in things like sidewalk cracks. Give me a solid block heel that I can run and live in! A black coat works very well, bonus points if there’s lace, velvet,furry/fuzzy shoulders, and if it’s long, the longer the better. I didn’t have a scepter, if I made one, it would feature a hand flipping the bird and be silver with black, green, blue details. Make up, I did a light version of rebel royalty. I think it would have been better if I had used dark colors.

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Sara’s Weekly Whatever: Breast Cancer Awareness

I love my wife, she’s a wonderful woman who is so loving and undestanding. So don’t be upset at her for the lateness of these posts. It’s all my fault for not buying the parts I need yet. Then again, you need money to buy that stuff. Either way, here’s the star of today!

That’s okay, sexy. I Love you anyways.

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Seahhawks nails

I felt like doing something different, so I devised a stripe cheat cause I don’t use tiny brushes only toothpicks. First I painted nails twice with Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Vinyl Shine in Denim Dreams. Once certain it was dry, I then used Sally Hansen Chrome Nail Makeup in Titanium Chrome on about half my nails, used two coats, waiting extra time between to prevent heavy streaking.

I then started to use Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming to lightly tip nails. It looked okay, but I could do better. I thickened the green converting it into a bolder stripe causing the silver to become more of an accent and the green ended upbalancing the blue better.

No bracelet pic, wore the usual quad for gamedays.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Feels like if its not Halloween or autumnal, then its pink for breast cancer. Practically Everything…….All this funding and still no marketed cure. There’s a cannabis derived oil that’s helping some fight cancer, There’s also a berry from the Blushwood Tree. It’s newly discovered from Austrailia. Can get more info –> http://bit.ly/1y3YLCq . Well here it is. Pink for breast cancer!

Nail pic

Here’s a trick for the half moon manicure I figured out.

First paint your full nails the color you want your half moon accent to be. I chose to apply Scherer’s Chameleon in a pale barely there metallic pink called Ballerina. Most use stencils, dots, other things at this point. I then applied a few coats of NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Plumberry Plaza carefully leaving a half moon shape at cuticle base. I deemed the accent shape too light so went over the pale pink with a bright pink from the same line as the pale. It’s called Heat.I then reapplied the dark berry to cover up minor mistakes. Heat catches the light and is a really fun new take on the autumn pallette especially with Plumberry Plaza. May do more similar color pairings.

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Bracelets pic

Colors of cranberries with palest pink accented with bubblegum, black with rainbow patina, and a touch of magenta. All glass seed beads on elastic stretch cord.

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Makeup pic

Only used three colors of eyeshadow and black mascara.

First applied Maybelline’s Roller Color in Go-Go Rose to crease and browbone. It’s a shimmery light pink. I then used two colors from Milani’s Autumn Earth quad, the soft ivory and brick red.The red went on eyelids and lined lower lashes. Afterwards, I layered the ivory over it for a softer feeling, more flowers, less rebel. Topped it off with a few generous swipes of another Maybelline product, their mascara, Great Lash in Blackest Black on upper eyelashes.

For my lips I did a sheer well blotted wash of a dark berry lipstick, Milani’s Black Cherry. Then used a gloss, Covergirl’s Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Blackberry Splash over the lipstick. These colors really made my hair and eyes stand out. I especially enjoyed the contrast of the soft green of my hair with the light pinks and bold berries of varying shades and hues…My hair looks faded in this pic, now’s the time to redye it.

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