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NaNo 14

October is in four days.  That means NaNo is about five weeks away.  

Ack!

Pretty much how I feel about it.  I have zero ideas.  None.  

Well, I have one in my file but my daughter gave me a seriously dirty look when I mentioned it (she’s off school today in a planned school closure).  Wanna see it?

Of course you do.

The big bad biker and the girl with the demon eye are on a mission from God. (rescue? Replace? Kill/destroy? Hide?)  Adopted by an animal with different coloured eyes on their travels.

I don’t think it’s a horrible idea.  There’s a reason I wrote it down.  I don’t remember the reason offhand but there it is.  So I’m kind of sitting here with a big WTF?? look on my face over that one.  

I do think I like those characters though, the girl with the weird eyes – one demon, one normal – and the biker.  I keep seeing the

Without the singing. 😉 …Maybe

biker as a Kris Kristofferson type.  Right about this time frame too  (the picture here). Just starting to go white, face lined with life and age.  

mmhhmmmmm  I think I like this look.  

Oh.

Yeah.

NaNo.  

*ahem*

As I was saying, I could use these two.  It’d have to be something related to Gods, perhaps.  A divine mission?  Yeah, I keep coming back to the rescue/hide thing.  

The female though.  A girl?  A woman?  Is it a female?  Maybe it’s a male who has lived as a girl for years in order to hide.  

I have about sixteen books and movies floating in my head now.  I don’t want to be like everyone else.  I want originality.  

I do like the biker character.  I wonder what he’s doing.  Where he’s been.  What, if anything, he looks forward to.  Is he a cowboy type?  I don’t think I’ve written a western before.   I think his name IS Kris.  I like it.  

Maybe he’s the grey hat character.  Neutral chaotic.  (Yes, that was a D&D reference, get over it *laughs*)

Hmmm….   Food for thought.  Maybe his story and his mission/goal/the plotline & theme will come clear if I develop him.  

Interesting.  A character driven story.  I’ve never done that either. 

Off to do other things to get ready for my trip.  9 days, 10 hours and 56 minutes until my plane taxis away from the terminal!  Not that I’m counting. 😉

Muah

 

Lucan Architectural… part deux

This is one of the faces of Lucan Architectural.

This is one of the faces of Lucan Architectural.

Soon I will be bombarding you with thrilling pictures of Scotland but for now I bring you another exciting installment of rust, colour and iron (and steel).

They have some wonderful stuff there.  You can see more photos here on their Facebook page.  I have small a collection of photos for you.  All of them are brightly coloured, well put together and (mostly) amusing.  I focused largely on their  Halloween collection this time because I thought they were all fantastic.   There were many things that caught my eye but if I’d photographed everything I’d have six blogs to show you.

Let’s get started, shall we?

I think, for this one, I am going to simply put the comments under the photos.  There were no real photography tricks. no major treatments – auto contrast, auto levels, maybe some cropping and that’s about it.

 

This is another face of Lucan Architectural.

This is another face of Lucan Architectural.

I love this sign.  It's about 8 feet long I think and heavy as hell.  It's awesome.

I love this sign. It’s about 8 feet long, I think, and heavy as hell. It’s awesome.

This is the Grampa Jack (hehe, my name for him) and he's about the size of your typical carving pumpkin.  I wanted to bring one home.

This is the Grampa Jack (hehe, my name for him) and he’s about the size of your typical carving pumpkin. I wanted to bring one home.

What a creepy little house!  :D I think it's meant to be cheerful though.

What a creepy little house! 😀 I think it’s meant to be cheerful though.

A whimsical Halloween decoration standing at about 3 feet high.  I love the look on his face.

A whimsical Halloween decoration standing at about 3 feet high. I love the look on his face.

These are about the size of a cantaloupe.

These are about the size of a cantaloupe.

I want to bring them all home!  

There were a few other things I want saw that I definitely need to share with you.

This is on an Amish sideboard.  I love it.

This is on an Amish sideboard. I love it.

I really would like to 'steer' you to Lucan Architectural. ;) Isn't he adorable?

I really would like to ‘steer’ you to Lucan Architectural. 😉 Isn’t he adorable?

When pigs fly is a common expression and this little guy looks like he could do that and make dreams all over the world come true.  I think he's a little heavy though.

When pigs fly is a common expression and this little guy looks like he could do that and make dreams all over the world come true. I think he’s a little heavy though.

And speaking of adorable... Here is Jiminy!   He's awesome.

And speaking of adorable… Here is Jiminy! He’s awesome.

There are so many things, steel and wood alike, that I would love to have in my yard and my home.   Not the least of which is the enormous T-Rex.   I will take a picture of that the next time we pass through Lucan.

This shop is one of my favourites, even if we don’t get there often.  They have artists all over North America who ship their pieces to them to buy.  If you’re in the area make sure you visit.  

Time to work on more stuff I need to complete!  Ten days to go!

Muah.  

Something Creepy

The seasons change on Monday here and we are finally back in the cottage full time.  We are delighted to be here and, as a bonus, totally fascinated by a few things.  

I have several blogs to share with you and two weeks to write them in.  I am leave for Scotland two weeks from today.  I am THRILLED.  I will be writing a few in advance, especially of the Shades of Pink persuasion. 

That book, in which you will find a story about my Beta and Enforcer from the Highland Wolves pack, is now available. 

You can find the book here at Kallysten's blog.

You can find the book here at Kallysten’s blog.  

Our fascination stems from the presence of some very determined spiders.

Last spring there were a half a dozen spider eggs.  Do you know how many spiders are in the eggs??  For this particular breed it’s anywhere from 100-800 eggs.

We killed as many as we could because, frankly, spiders freak me the hell out.  They’re fine in the garden but we don’t need 600 and 4,800 spiders running around here, no matter how many don’t survive to adulthood.  Right now there are at least a dozen very large ones that we know about.  One of them is Rose.

We found Rose in the Rose of Sharon tree at the base of the deck steps.  She’s very clever.  Very pretty and creepy as hell.   

Rose started her web here.

Rose started her web here.

And remained there…

She likes her home.

She likes her home.

So much so that she constantly rebuilds her webs.  In fact, I found this tidbit of info and can totally see it.

Large, vertical, orb-shaped web is usually built at least a few feet off the ground amid shrubs, trees, tall weeds, fences, buildings, etc; they are opportunistic and will use whatever “framework” they can. Though the actual orb of the web may be only a foot or two in diameter, the tether lines can be 6 feet in length or more, depending on where the web is situated. Web may be attached to buildings in urban and suburban areas. The spider may either reside inside a retreat at the periphery of the web, or occupy the hub (center) of the web, hanging head down. A signal thread may connect the retreat to the hub of the web for alerting the spider of prey. The spider typically eats the web every night, recycling the proteins and water and using them to re-build a fresh web.

I caught her at it this morning.

And then there’s Phil.  No, I don’t know why I named him Phil.  

There’s a maple tree, probably twenty years old, just off the deck.  Phil built his web between the deck rail and a branch at least ten feet above it.  It totally freaked me out when I saw it.

He, himself, was the size of an apricot from leg to leg (to leg to leg to leg to leg to leg).

He, himself, was the size of an apricot from leg to leg (to leg to leg to leg to leg to leg).

Oh, and you see that weird thing at the top of the picture that looks like a leaf with a silhouette of a crouching spider on it?  Thats’s because it IS a crouching spider.  That little bugger zip-lined from that leaf to the top of the patio umbrella.  Scared the shit out of me.  The Boyfriend says, “Get a broom and sweep it away!”  Meanwhile, I was already out of my chair and running slowly backing away in sheer terror total respect.  I yelled in a screechy voice informed Peter that I could not do it.  He came out with a broom and swept the porch down and, unfortunately for Phil (for whom I had great respect, master builder there), cleared out every spider.

Thereafter, I had the heebie jeebies, imagining an army of spiders marching on us in a fury.  

Yep, I have a vivid, whacky imagination.

One last creepy thing and then I’ll be moving on.

Looks all horror movie-ish, eh?

Looks all horror movie-ish, eh?

I found this tree at the reservoir near my home.   That’s a whole other blog.  

Have a good evening and I hope your Monday is wonderful.  

Muah.

I’m all excited because I learned something new today!  

I was looking for something to watch while I create a cleansing and protection ritual for the cottage (we move back in this week) and I decided to look at my Youtube subscriptions.   I saw this video and had to try it out.  

Anyone who looks at my photoblogs knows that I do what I can to enhance the images and I am slowly learning Photoshop – having to upgrade/update it notwithstanding – in order to do that better.   I could learn faster, if I watched more tutorials, I suppose.  Honestly, it’s a case of forgetting there are tools out there to help me learn it.

Silly, eh?

Anyway, I chose a photo I took of the flowers we planted last year.  They finally bloomed this year and they’re gorgeous!  They’re called Pasque flowers (aka wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower and meadow anemone).  I absolutely love the colour of them and had to take a picture of the blooms.  It seemed like a great choice.

This is the original: 

Original.  Pretty but... not as vibrant as it could be.

Original. Pretty but… not as vibrant as it could be.

And this is the tweaked one:

Photoshopped.

Photoshopped.

Vibrant isn’t it?

I’m so pleased to have learned something new!   

Back to planning my ritual. 

Muah!  

EDIT: Apparently, I didn’t say why this is a new thing for me.   If you click through to the video you’ll see that it’s a lesson on using Colour Balance and making adjustments on an adjustment layer.  Colour Balance isn’t entirely new to me but I wasn’t sure how to use it right.  The Adjustment Layer is completely new.   Now that I know how to properly make my photos you will be seeing better quality images!

A New Thing!