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*