Monday, December 5, 2016

"Love...Is A Losing Game"

Amy Winehouse had it right, when she sang, "For you, I was a flame. Love...is a losing game".

I feel like writing about things, helps. I've just broken things off with a guy who seemed to be everything I was looking for, except for the commitment. No saying "I love you", no calling me his girlfriend, or going to family events with me. It's been rough, but at this point in the game, I know when to detach, and when enough is enough. But it's so hard to tell - guys come in all shades of difficulty - from the psychopath, to the emotionally unavailable.

This last one was emotionally unavailable. I don't think it makes him a bad person. I don't think he asked to be this way. But I've realized to walk away, when it's a problem that I've neither created nor have the ability to fix.

This particular guy had been wounded deeply, by his wife who divorced him. Maybe someday, he'll be able to put himself out there again and be vulnerable. But I don't expect to be the one to make it happen.

So it sucks, but lesson learned. Better that, than fighting a losing battle against the tide.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Resin That Will Not Harden - Adventures In Crafting

So I just recently started crafting, as a way to keep myself busy during the days when I don't work. I've been making these bottlecap magnets, and sealing the photos on them in clear resin. There are two types of resin - clear resin, and casting resin. If you mess up and get casting resin, when you need clear resin, you will destroy your batch of items, because it does not dry clear. It dries white, and near-instantly. I found out the hard way. :(

But a big issue that I have been running into, is that with the clear resin, sometimes there is a sticky film left on top. These are the methods I have used to remedy this problem, all of which have failed:

-Hairspray

-e6000

-brushing hardener over the surface

-hair dryer

I was reading on a message board, that you can try alcohol. Since there was no rubbing alcohol in the house, I used some pineapple rum. We shall see if it works or not...

That didn't work either!

So I tried Diamond Glaze, since I already had some, for making glass pendants. We shall see...

Nope!

I tried one more thing though, and am pleased to announce that it did, actually work:

CLEAR NAIL POLISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hybrid Space

Hybrid Space is coming!!! And this is the cover!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hybrid Space is my story about human/animal hybrids who escape from a ship called the Empress, run by the powerful and mysterious corporation, T-Tech.

Pretty bird. This here's an oil pastel drawing that I did, of the escape ship, The Canary, ages ago.

Anyway, I hope you love this story as much as I do. It was sure fun to write.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Can't Sleep

So, it appears that I can't sleep - or rather, I don't want to, just yet. You see, I have it on my "to do" list, that updating my blog after a long hiatus is something that I set out to do. I've been rebuilding my online writing presence. I have quit from my toxic state job, working for a corrupt organization, and will be starting my writing career back up. I'm in the process of editing Betrayer, the third book in the Fallenwood series. Meanwhile, I've got a VERY rough draft of Retribution on my computer, and a copy of Hybrid Space, my sci-fi/comedy that needs editing. I've got a couple other older works that I'll be editing/polishing up, including a collection of poems and a short shifter story that I wrote with my best friend Colleen. Then there's the short story Trial By Fire, originally published by Secret Cravings, which I'll also be trying to find a new publisher for. Or perhaps I'll write some other stories to go with it, and release it either on my own or through a publisher as a mythic anthology. The possibilities are endless. I'm also going to be trying to get out there into the wild world and actually make some public appearances, try and sell some books, etc. We'll see how it all goes. At any rate, we'll see what's in store for me. I'm going to cross "update blog" off of my list. Good night.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Why Your Pinterest-Inspired DIY Shampoos/Conditioners Are Crap

So, let me begin by saying that I'm all for the chemical-free movement. I think that, as much as possible, steering clear of chemicals of any sort is a good thing. So I tested out 3 Pinterest conditioner recipes, to see if there's anything to the hype of all this nonsense.

At the very least, I figured, I could use this type of thing if there were an apocalyptic societal-breakdown type scenario, right?

Well, you see, I love Pinterest - but Pinterest is a mixed bag of Genius and Garbage.

Here's how the three recipes turned out, and why I don't like them.

Recipe #1: 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar & 1 cup water
Verdict: There did seem to be a bit of a noticeable moisturizing effect, but not enough to make me want to use it after the first time. Doesn't hold a candle to the store-bought stuff.

Recipe #2: 1 can coconut milk & 2 tbsp. olive oil
Verdict: Has a satisfying thickness and clean smell to it. Seemed to be working. BUT...because it contains coconut MILK, it goes rancid quickly. Cannot make large batches and store it or anything.

Recipe #3: 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Verdict: It smells good, but that's it. It's lemon juice, not conditioner. AND now, there is the very real possibility of getting lemon juice IN MY EYES!!! WTF!

In closing, it was a noble idea. But in the event of a societal breakdown, the last thing I will be worrying about is conditioner, anyway. And as for the chemical-free argument, other people are using that very same store-bought shampoo/conditioner that you chose to forego, to make DIY lotions and shave gels, to cover way more surface areas of their bodies. It's a hopeless mission, this, and the world is a strange place. But it's just gonna be so much easier, to keep buying the store-bought stuff that actually works.

*Takes A Bow*

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Night of Artistic Experimentation

So I finally have some time to myself, tonight, and I've wanted to mess with this bag of mold-making plaster in the garage that's been there for quite some time now. I acquired it at a garage sale where I got a steal on a jewelry-making kiln ($40) and some molds to go with it. The lady who sold it to me, also gave me this box of mold-making plaster, and said that it all used to belong to her grandfather. I know ceramics used to be more of a popular hobby. What happened? Did the price of energy go up too high? Did people gain interest in other hobbies instead?

At any rate, a ceramic artist friend of mine said that plaster actually has a shelf life, and only typically lasts about 3 to 6 months. She mentioned that I might take some and test it out, before trying to do anything else with it. So tonight, I decided to gather some supplies and give it a go. I filled a cruet (the closest thing on hand) with some water, and also grabbed up a metal chopstick (for mixing) and an Altoids tin. If you're intending to duplicate this, grab whatever suitable items are close enough.

This is the box of mold-making plaster.

I checked for spiders and eggs, and then grabbed the box and ripped it open.

There was the bag of plaster, and a piece of paper. The paper talks about the brand Vigor-Vest. Turns out, this mold-making plaster is particularly of use for jewelry. Neat.

I put some of the material into the Altoids tin.

And added some water, and then mixed until it had a pancake mix-like consistency.

At the time of writing, I am letting it set, and harden a bit.

I let it set for about ten minutes or so, and by that time, it seemed fairly solid. So I took the shell I had, and pressed it into the material.

I took another ten minutes and did some dishes while I waited. Progress! Then, I checked the mold. The shell did take a little prying, but I was able to get it out, and I was left with a beautiful shell mold.

So it looks like the plaster's still good - and now I know how to make a mold out of an Altoid's tin - and so do you!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wreck This Journal

I was intrigued as I looked through Barnes & Noble, when I found this little black book called Wreck This Journal. The journal prompts you to act crazy and create art at the same time. In short, it's genius, and it's been amazing, looking up on Pinterest what people have done with the various prompts/pages, and the different ways they've dealt with the same challenges.

I've been working on a page a day or so, and it's been like art therapy, as I work out my life's frustrations.

Check out my Wreck This Journal, here: https://www.pinterest.com/falcondraco/wreck-this-journal/