Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pray for Nepal

I just can't describe to you how my heart feels when I think about Nepal at the moment. I'm not even going to try, because I'm fighting tears every time I do. I don't even personally know someone from Nepal, but it's so tragic that I knew I had to post about it.

With the death toll officially over 4000 and so many still missing or injured, this is one of the worst tragedies in our lifetime. The people are poor and in dire need of assistance.

One of the beauty guru's I've followed for some years, Promise Phan, actually comes from Nepal and still has family and friends there. Through her social media, she announced that they were starting a go fund me page, to raise funds to aid the people in Nepal. The link to that is HERE. There's also a video on the page that explains everything from how the funding will work, to how much will be distributed to who will give use it for aid. Please have a look at that and help the people of Nepal.

Also, pray. Pray hard, because those people need it badly.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Confessions of a Writing Addict

I'm obsessive. Very, very obsessive. It's just the way I'm wired. If you've read this blog for a while, you'll probably recall other instances where I've admitted to this flaw in my personality. Maybe it isn't always a flaw, but still.

Just the other day, I told you that my new novel is done. I wrote the whole thing in seven weeks, and that includes a complete revamp of the plotline and a mini write-over when I'd gotten to chapter 17 (which is just short of halfway through). Even if you add the actual planning stage of the novel, it puts me at just over three months. Sure, the idea for the novel came to me even while I was writing The Queen's Fury, but I only started my research and plotline drafting in February. 

You would think that the sight of a keyboard would send shivers of repulsion down my spine at the moment, wouldn't you? I mean, honestly. 

In the past I took off at least two months after finishing a novel. I gave myself a break to think it all through, you know. Work out if the stuff I wrote made sense and kind of plot out the basics of the next novel in my mind, while I played Dragon Age for hours on end. Just so I would have a loose idea of where I wanted to go next. Sure, with my other novels I spent a lot more time actually writing them. I started on TQF in January 2014 and finished middle November of the same year. And that's actually pretty good for writing a whole novel. 

The thing is, I've never been quite as inspired to write as I was this time around. It's insane, I tell you. I literally COULD NOT SLEEP during the writing phase. I may have mentioned that here sometime, though I can't remember. The ideas kept me up at night and I was seriously exhausted by chapter twenty, but I just couldn't stop. No matter how tired I was, I felt almost guilty for not writing in my every waking moment. Obsessive, I told you. I was in front of this keyboard until late nights and sometimes during early mornings too. Whenever Kayla was asleep, I was writing. (I have no idea how Jan puts up with me...)

With my other novels, I got this way too at times. Sometimes I went without food if I could rather be writing. Haha! But with the other novels, the inspiration always died down at some point. I'd push out about five chapters and then the insane inspiration was gone and I could function normally again. 

Unfortunately for my sanity, that didn't happen with the new novel. I felt this adrenaline rush of inspiration from the day I started to the day I finished it.

This is probably the main reason why I was certain I would be able to rest a little once it was completed. Like an idiot. The whole time, my reasoning was that the inspiration would have to go away once the novel was done. Right? RIGHT? 

I was wrong. 

I completed The Physician's Apprentice (congratulations, you just learned the title of the new one! whoop whoop!) in record time and I still can't sleep, because there are too many ideas and plot lines in my head. I dream the scenes that need to happen next. I can't get this project off of my mind. I've been trying to occupy myself with other stuff, but it hasn't been working and that kind of scares me. 

The point of this all is that I've had a break of two weeks and I'm writing again. Judge me if you want to. Call me crazy and addicted if you need to (you'd be right anyway), but I'm writing again. I've been at it for only a day and I've already got over twenty pages. 


I am insane.  

Oh boy. 

Come back to check on me here every now and then, I beg you. Hahaha!


Monday, 20 April 2015

Glowy / Flowy - A Shoot with Liani

I told you about this shoot the other day. Liani and I were both pretty excited about this one, because we like getting up to creative stuff together. Although I much prefer being behind the camera to being the subject of focus. I'm not a big fan of having my photo taken, even if I ws the one to ask for the photos this time...

It happened like this. I told her one day that I need new profile pictures for my web spaces and I asked her to take a picture or two for that. Liani felt that 'a picture or two' was a waste of time and effort, and we needed to do a whole shoot. She saw this very flowy, glowing and natural kind of shoot and I agreed. I mean, she's my bestie after all. :P

We went to undisclosed locations to shoot. Not because I don't want to tell you where the locations are, just because I seriously can't remember how to get there. Haha! I'm clueless with direction. But I do know it was somewhere in the Cradle of Humankind.

Now, if you've been around this blog for a while, you know that I'm partial to wearing dark colours all of the time. I LOVE black and gray and most of my wardrobe falls into that colour scheme. I do own some reds and purples too, but mostly, the colours I own are dark and subdued. Don't ask me why. So you can imagine that when Liani said I had to wear a light, soft coloured dress, the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. I mean honestly?!

I looked everywhere, but I couldn't find a dress to wear. In a last attempt to find something for this shoot, I went shopping the MORNING of the shoot and was lucky enough to find the perfect dress. And the rest is history.

Anschke did my awesome makeup, Liani took some amazing shots and I seriously can't choose some favourites. There are just too many photos in which I don't even recognise myself. I felt beautiful and sexy, which isn't something I feel on a daily basis, running after a one year old. :P

Thank you Liani, these are INCREDIBLE. Love you lots.

And now, here are the pics. Or some of them at least.





I told you it doesn't even look like me...

Now, if you're waiting in suspense for the final volume of the Evangellion Trilogy, I have a sneak peek of the cover for you on my other blog. Go have a look. :)

Have an awesome week folks!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

My Weekend In Pictures - Vaal River Bliss

This was a very needed mini-breakaway, let me tell you. Jan had the bright idea to go away for the weekend, and we're fortunate enough that he has an uncle with this lovely place on the bank of the Vaal River. This means that we can go and unwind every now and then, which is an incredible privilege.

And, as I said, we both needed it. I mean, Jan works very hard and I just finished a book in seven weeks! Not to mention the little human living in our house, who devours our time and attention (we offer it freely, but she still devours it :D). That little girl has recently discovered running can bring one places at a quicker pace than walking. Pair that with her innate desire to climb up things and it makes for some interesting events in our life. 

Jan had Friday off, and we spent it just doing things together. In the mall, as it should be. :P This was the first season that we didn't really have a lot of clothes in storage for Kayla, left over from my baby shower. We were really very blessed to receive so much clothing in larger sizes on the baby shower!! Anyway, we had to stock up on some winter items for Kay, and Friday was the perfect opportunity to do that. I also worked on my new map for my new novel (stay tuned, more on that soon) and we got into the mode to relax for the rest of the weekend. I actually took some photos of these events, but they're so boring that I've decided not to post them. Haha. 

We left for the river early on Saturday morning and only came home Sunday afternoon (when our electricity problems started...) Since the pictures are pretty cool and a picture is worth a thousand words (I've been saying that a lot lately...) I'll let the photos do the talking from here on out. I hope you enjoy the scenery!

Disclaimer : if you're afraid of creepy crawlies, amazing scenery or cuteness overload, don't scroll past this point.

Oh, what the heck, you're going to scroll anyway. So go on. Scroll already. 


LOOK!! I HAVE ENOUGH HAIR TO ACHIEVE A PONYTAIL!!!!!!!!!! Haha! (I look like a manga drawing with it sticking out that way, but who cares?)

Right now I wish I could go back and chillax some more. It's super calming next to the river and I often feel like I don't have a care in the world when I'm out there. Read a good dent into the Terry Pratchett I'm currently enjoying. :)

Have an awesome one, folks!