A Stylized Photoshoot

So a couple of weeks ago. (Read over a month) I was wearing an outfit that I adore. I view the look as my “military” inspired look. The colors, the styles, I just feel like it feels like a sensible fantasy military look.

So in part of my town’s move to look nicer, they are clearing out a wooded lot, that had cars. As a slight weirdo, I decided that they were perfect for a photoshoot with this look. I think I was right.

Now for a rundown of my look starting with my head. Hair went into a braid. It may have been a french braid, but I was inspired by the rules the Air Force has for long hair. Over my hair, I put my favorite hat. It’s not super militaryish but I thought it was a nice finishing touch.

The shirt is my absolute favorite, I’ve had it for years. It has two pockets. The trousers were upcycled by me. I took a pair of boy corduroys and added contrasting corduroy triangles to the outer seam. This took these pants from very meh, to super cool.

My shoes are an old pair of leather Reeboks.

This was a super fun photo shoot even though I was by myself.

A Bookish Endeavour

As I mentioned in my End of the Year post I’ve started a YouTube channel. It’s a bookish channel.

I feel weird in some ways when I talk about books on here, because this isn’t a book blog. But so often I find that I want to talk about books, so I’ve come up with a solution.

I’ve only had it for a couple of months and I’d been struggling a bit to post to it. That being said I’ve gotten fairly good at the rhythm recently, so expect at least one video a week.

Right now there is a fairly good representation of what I will be posting, but I admit there will be some ideas that are still in the works.

I am planning on/working on more relevant content I promise. If you don’t know what I mean go actually look at my YouTube channel.

I know the name of my channel is Wanda Gambling. I chose that name because that is the name of a book character who is an actor. I do plan on doing a video about the name at some point.

Feel free to leave me suggestions about books. If you’re an author and you don’t care if an absolute nobody talks about your book feel free to get in touch.

While Memorising: Psalm 2; part 1

Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Read it. Read it again. Read it a third time to figure out where who the speaker is and where quotation marks should be.

This has been bothering me for a couple of months now, so I thought I had better start writing about it before we finished memorizing it.

A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.

Sustainable Tuesday: Hanging Desk

I admit, most people won’t be able to make a desk like mine. I used what I had and spent no money. Someday, my desk will have to come down, but we hope to move, so that matters little.

Things I had before I started.

  1. Pallet Boards.
  2. Pallet Nails and a Container of Nails.
  3. Twine
  4. Two Bunk Beds about 2.5 feet apart.

Desk2

Using these I was able to make an awesome desk.

Realistically I shouldn’t say that I had pallet boards. I had left one pallet only three quarters apart.

Step 1. Making the Top

It super simple. I found boards of a similar thickness and ordered them on the top side. A couple of nails each and I had a lovely top.

Desk

Step 2. The Shelf

One of a desks most important parts is the storage. Yes, having a smooth top is great, but having a place to put things nearby, is the best.

So I flipped the desk over and added a couple of boards to the bottom of the pallet. Due to the forklift slots I had to get a bit creative and used a short section of board to hold them in place.

Desk3

Step 3. Making it fit

Then I had a desk that was just too large to fit into my only space so I had to cut it smaller. Sadly I only had a hand saw so this took a good amount of time.

Step 4. Preparing to hang

Part A. Drilling the holes.

Very Simple I found the drill and placed some holes.

Part B. Braiding the twine.

I didn’t trust the twine to be strong enough by itself so I found three strands and braided them together. Fun Fact I did most of the braiding while I went on a three mile walk.

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Step 5.

Hang it up. This was a tiny bit difficult, but I was able to balance the desk on a couple of boxes and thread the twine through the loops.

And TADA! I have a desk.

 

Why I Don’t Miss Christmas

I don’t know how aware my readers are about what I believe. Either way, I should say that for the past ten years or so we haven’t celebrated Christmas.

Growing up I always knew that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. But none of us cared. Until Dad came across a website that was really well put together. It said that Jesus was just another sun god.

Yeah.

Dad reassured himself that the Bible is True, then mused to himself that our family wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas anymore. He mused out loud and Mom and A heard him and disagreed. Dad explained that one of the more common arguments for Jesus being a sun god was that his birthday was celebrated the same day as a number of sun gods.

So we didn’t celebrate Christmas that year.

Over the next year we more and more began to find out about the feasts in the Bible and celebrate them.

Which leads me to the reasons I don’t miss Christmas.

  1. It’s already over. After months of being excited and stressed over the day. It’s gone. just one day, two if you count Chrismas Eve, three if you  stretch it to Boxing Day. Biblical feasts, they can last up to eight days. That is more like a party.
  2. It’s so stressful. You have to make fancy foods. You can’t miss out on the parties. Gifts must be gotten for everyone. Concerts attended. Cards have to be sent out.
  3. It’s Not Biblical. As I mentioned in the long history I wrote, Christmas isn’t Biblical and I try to live my life as God Honoring as possible.

So there you have it. Part of me when I see the pretty lights and the gifts goes, “Oh, I want that, I miss that.” But a larger part of me is going, “No, I don’t.” Next year I think I’ll mostly quit social media come December, because I just feel to sad as I look at these things.

 

NaNoWriMo Recap: Way Late

Long story short. I’ve been bad at blogging this month because I’m busy. I have three jobs and I’ve been working five to six days a week so far this month.

I won NaNoWriMo. At least that’s what it shows. More truthfully my computer cord completely died on Friday, November 29th, 2019. I had less than five hundred words to go. I WON.

Thankfully once I got home I had options, but yes I’ve been busy.

My WIP is an Epic, High Fantasy and the rough draft is looking like it will be around 60K. That isn’t much in the Fantasy world, but I’ve left so much stuff out. Tret needs to get married. I’ve skipped to many birthdays. The world-building needs to be greater. It will grow. Also, this is book one of five so it can be a little shorter. I’ve a long way to go.

I’ve decided what I will reward myself with for completing my novel. I hope to do it before the end of the year. Lots to do.

Write now my main character is bonding with his dragon and actually, a lot needs to happen before the end of the book. Another wedding, a robbery, a kidnapping. Maybe my 60k guess is a bit low…

Snippet time

ns, there was a nervous energy running through both of us as we headed to places we had never been. Neither of us were afraid of getting lost, but I knew that both of us hoped to get a little turned around so that we would have to spend the night out together, so the ground underneath us was mostly ignored.

The wind had been cold enough before we had taken off, but up in the air where there was nothing it was freezing. In spite of my head to toe outfit of deerskin, I could not sit upright for very long, so I spent most of the flight laying on Sam’s back. I event

Yes. My dragon is named Sam. I love him.

I’m so excited to be writing and finishing this part of the story. I want to tell you all about it, but I don’t want to spoil you all.

I won’t be publishing this story until I have written all five books in the series. I don’t want to leave people hanging for years and years as I work on other things. That being said I will be writing short stories and essays and they might be published. I would say that I have one essay that with a bit of editing would be ready to publish. Anyone interested in nonexistent money workings. I think it’s great… I’m also really boring…