Crafting a book

I have been wanting to write a book for over ten years and I will admit that I am disappointed that I haven’t made a huge amount of effort in that time to make it a reality. I am going to change that. I found that previously I always had an excuse for why I hadn’t worked on it; lack of inspiration, needing to practice more, scared of how to actually go about doing it, etc. I could continue to create a million more reasons to block myself, but if I want to really following my dream of being published again and having my own book it’s time to be serious.

I am creating a children’s book. It has two primary characters a boy and his toy giraffe. The book explores how we use imagination and how as we get older we also loose it. Rather then create just a simple story that is light and fluffy I want to try and create something that has a deeper voice, perhaps with a greater moral visibility.

So far in the process I have created the first written draft of the structure of the story as well as began creating the rough ideas for what the boy character will look like. Once I have created several more drafts I will then began setting out the style of the book and organising for an ISBN and publication. There will certainly be a physical book but I am considering an eBook version as well, which I would have to research into a bit to find out the structure (but will not use excuses).

I am excited about this because I am finally allowing myself to move forward.

Have you ever created your own book?
Have you ever wanted to create a book but been confused as well?

Kya

In the ‘Big Smoke’

Sydney July 2011
So far I have been having a really amazing time in Sydney and so far it has only been two full days that I have been here. 3_3  It is exciting because I have never been in such a big city by myself before, so not only am I having fun, but I am also growing up (nooooooo, childish forever please 4_4 ). I will recap the major events, but the biggest thing to me is being able to meet friends that mean a lot to me. On Saturday I met Claire and Krissy for the first time and it was so warming, exciting and I still smile realizing that yes it really happened and I am not living in a dream. 3_3

Friday

  • Arrived in Sydney and checked in to hotel. I didn’t like my room at first (it was really small) so was moved to another. It was amazing it had a piano and spa bath, but the piano made it a bit small and I decided to move again (haha, I am sure I was a big pain to them).

Saturday

  • Met Claire for the first time :B . It was so awesome to meet her. I was so paranoid about making a fool of myself, being really boring or lame. (There is a good chance I still was, lols). We walked around a tad, went to the museum and looked at a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition. (I have to say it made more sense when you read the blurb about it first, rather then looking at everything first haha).
  • We went and had a browse around Paddy’s Markets and I was good with my money (even when there was so many pretty things) I only brought Hello Kitty fake nails, hehe.
  • Saturday night I met Krissy for the first time. I was really excited about this because I have known her for a long time (maybe 7 years). She is such a kind hearted, warm, friendly and special person. I am so glad that I was able to have the time to finally meet her! We had Dinner and wondered around a little.

Sunday

  • Brought Macarons (!!) and looked around at some really really cute/Kawaii stores in china town. My wallet was begging me to spend, but I was good, hehe!
  • Krissy and I headed out to the zoo which was so much fun. Some of the highlights were Giraffes (because they are the best thing ever, omg), Zebras and the bunnies standing underneath them (so funny, you have to see),
  • We then headed out to Bondi, it was dark and pretty cold but I still really love the vibe at Bondi. Had some of the tastiest fish and chips ever and we also had some frozen yoghurt from Twisted (OMG SO DELICIOUS!!!)

Monday

  • I didn’t do a great deal on Mon-DAY, mainly slept because my legs were so soar.
  • Night time Krissy and I went to see Harry Potter in 3D at the IMAX theatre which is HUGE (apparently the biggest in the world?). I had never watched a movie in 3D before so it was exciting. I enjoyed the movie and did cry several times. I am really glad I was able to watch the last chapter with Krissy, made it extra special.

Stay tuned for more. 4_4

I am sure I probably forgot some important things..

Kya

So, lets recap!

I have been terrible at updating my blog and I really miss spending at least a few minutes each week (or month) posting something. I will try and change that. :0 So, I have decided to recap, there has been a number of things going on since I last blogged with substantial content, so hold on tight for the catch up!

Pink Hair
I have been wanting pink hair for a while now and I finally have it! It is a tad darker then what I want in the photo below because apparently it does wash out quickly, and I have found that out as it’s a lot lighter now. My hair is also short now, I had been growing it for years, and decided for a change and I am happy with it now, instead of annoyed and confused on what to do with it. :3

Pinkish Hair! ^__^

Japan Donations
A major thank you to everyone that requested a theme to be made to help Japan. We raised $135 which is so awesome, and I know it will be helpful in many ways. I am sorry to those that I am still in the process of creating, eh, I am dooooooooomed.

Digital SLR Camera
*bursts* I had been wanting a good camera for years, and I finally found one that I wanted that wasn’t too expensive and I could let loose on a world of new opportunities. I purchased a Canon EOS 500D and I LOVE IT. At first I was getting carried away with how important I thought it was about the technology when the reality is, having an SLR helps, but you still have to be able to capture emotional connections to your subjects. I am learning, developing and hopefully improving as time moves on!

She Likes COOKIE Jay Jays Panda Geek Bag Peek-a-kitty
View more on my Flickr profile

Nanna Gone A Year
On may the 5th my grandmother (Nanna) had been gone one year. That was a very emotional time and I still am struggling with her not being in my life. I still feel like she is still here, that she is just off somewhere and is going to come home soon. I really love my grandmother a great deal, she was such a quirky individual who wasn’t afraid to be herself and had a will or iron. I am like her in a lot of ways. I really miss her. ::(

Everything else

  • Bubble was placed on Hiatus and is returning on 1st August 2011
  • Still studying at Uni
  • Still looking after my grandfather (he hasn’t been very well for a while, so it has been a struggle trying to juggle everything in life)
  • I AM GOING TO SYDNEY FOR A WEEK TO SEE KRISSY, CLAIRE AND GEORGINA. Unless they realize that I am really just a weirdo and don’t want too. There will be more on this later. ;D

x:cupcakestraw:

Kya

47 Domains for sale

I have decided to cut costs, and sell some domains that I have been hanging onto for some time. These were less popular domains used for hosting on Bubble, I think they are still pretty awesome though. If you are interested in any, send me an email to kya@love.com with the domain you are interested in and an offer. Most I would be willing to sell for $5 or less, so don’t be afraid to send an offer. Payment should be made via PayPal! :3

  • squire.me (namecheap.com) – 1 Jan 2012
  • remus.me (namecheap.com)  – 1 Jan 2012
  • muffins.me (namecheap.com) – 9 Jan 2012
  • bookwormy.net (namecheap.com) – 18 Jan 2012
  • luffle.com (namecheap.com)
  • ohsopretty.org (namecheap.com) – 17 Feb 2012
  • magically.me (namecheap.com)
  • smartie.me (namecheap.com) – 27 Feb 2012
  • vampy.info (namecheap.com) – 27 Feb 2012
  • iscute.org (namecheap.com)
  • vampish.net (namecheap.com) – 17 May 2012
  • hoshi.me (namecheap.com) FREE, will need renewal
  • scarhead.org (namecheap.com) FREE, will need renewal
  • cookied.org (namecheap.com) FREE, will need renewal
  • muggle.me (name.com)
  • queeny.me (name.com) FREE, will need renewal – 18 July 2011
  • balloon.im (name.com) FREE, will need renewal – 19 July 2011
  • duck.im (name.com)
  • catchling.com (name.com) FREE, will need renewal – 28 July 2011
  • stupefy.org (name.com) FREE, will need renewal – 28 July 2011
  • kitty.im (name.com)
  • noodley.net (namecheap.com) FREE, will need renewal
  • omgz.info (namecheap.com) FREE, will need renewal – 13 July 2011
  • hufflepuff.me (name.com) – 16 Aug 2011
  • starswirl.net (namecheap.com)
  • ohemgee.org (namecheap.com)
  • littleoctopus.net (namecheap.com) – 21 Aug 2011
  • cupcaked.org (namecheap.com)
  • innocently.me (name.com)
  • darker-side.org (namecheap.com) – 9 Sep 2011
  • cuteies.org (namecheap.com) – 9 Sep 2011
  • her-mask.org (namecheap.com) – 10 Sep 2011
  • easycake.net (namecheap.com) – 14 Sep 2011
  • meoow.org (namecheap.org)
  • eyecry.info (namecheap.com) – 15 Sep 2011
  • tragicaffair.com (namecheap.com) – 17 Sep 2011
  • divah.net (namecheap.com) – 24 Sep 2011
  • lollie.info (namecheap.com) – 24 Sep 2011
  • moowie.org (namecheap.com) – 24 Sep 2011
  • solost.net (namecheap.com) – 24 Sep 2011
  • kisstherain.info (namecheap.com) – 12 Nov 2011
  • catmilk.net (namecheap.com)
  • fanify.org (namecheap.com)
  • pixely.info (namecheap.com) – 4 Dec 2011
  • sillystring.org (namecheap.com)
  • dotties.org (namecheap.com)

Kya

Help Japan

In an effort to do my part and raise some money to help Japan during this terrible tragedy (please read here if you are unfamiliar with the events that have unfolded) I have decided to try and do my part. I will be making WordPress themes with all money raised going to the American Red Cross. I will try my best to make them quickly.

$5 – Basic WordPress theme (no image)
$15 – Standard Theme (you pick the design and a style of image and I will try my best to make it)!

Please send money via PayPal to kassers@gmail.com and please make sure to include a contact email as well as details about what you would like. I hope I can help. Along with the money raised from helping with themes I will also add $50 of my own funds.

Kya

24 Today *gasp*

Today I am 24, very strange. I had originally planned to write a post on reflections and what I plan to do in the next year before turning 25 (mainly to do with pushing myself to do the things I have always wanted) but I don’t feel like it right now. Next update I’ll see how I go.

I was having a good day, received so many messages (amazing, thank you ALL!) but found out in the afternoon that Dad was in hospital and had been since 7am. *sigh* So that has made things a bit blah. I hope he will be okay. :(

I do have cupcakes! Everything is okay with cupcakes. x:cupcakestraw: x:cupcakechoc:

Kya

Brief Blogeo

This is just a quick blog to point out the fact the layout has been changed. I had actually brought a theme, then decided to use a HTML template I had made a little while ago and turn into into a WordPress theme and add some features. It’s simple, but I like it (so far). I might consider offering it for other people, but not sure if anyone would use it? :i

I have a blog post planed, mainly about reflection and what I want to be able to do in life (break free of the fear). The inspiration for it? My birthday is tomorrow and I am turning 24, feels so weird. o_0

I am working on revamping the content. So far I have fixed About me, 50 books, domains and geek. I want to finish off the me section and get into the goodies as well. That is really bad and has a number of dead links. :(

Kya

Marchadillo

Congratulations self, I managed to not make one post during the whole 28 days of February. :0

Reflections on my todo list for February I.. well I didn’t really do much of anything besides Uni. I finished my first two units and I am currently starting my next two this week (or they did start on Monday.. shh). I am happy with the results I have been getting and the fact I am doing something I never thought I could and under all the moaning and groaning I really do love it. I think something else I find really great is the fact I am meeting many great new people that I probably would never have met otherwise, people with the same interest in the interwebs or web related work interests! *high fives*

I have been sick for a few weeks, blaaah. Finally starting to feel better again. I think too many really late night study marathons have not been that wonderful for my health or my brainz. You live, you learn (or something like that).

I have discovered the magic of Tumblr. I have to blame an assignment I had to do, which I decided to use Tumblr for. Since then I have become addicted and keep blogging and re-blogging. Heh! If you have an account, let me know and I will consider following you! :3

Kya

February todos

Kya

Can you believe it is February already? :0 Time is going so fast, I need to lift my game if I want to fill this year with a lot of ticks on my life list. So, I will try and make a list of what I want to do this month and hopefully by the end I can say that I have been successful. :B

  • Finish first two units for Uni (PASS THEM)
  • Begin next two units for Uni
  • Continue caring for Poppy full time when he comes home
  • Get my head out of my bum and work on Bubble
  • Adopt out some fanlistings
  • Revamp my Blog
  • Revamp portfolio
  • Create first draft for childrens book (have story basics, plus sketches)

A busy month, but lets hope a productive one. ;)

Kya

INXS Rocked the Train

INXS

Train Train

I had an absolutely amazing, wonderful, exciting, BRILLIANT time at the Day On The Green on the 25th January! INXS and Train are two bands that I really love, and to be able to see them both live in the one day and so close was absolutely breathtaking. I was in the second row for Train before someone switched seats with me for INXS and I was right at the front, directly facing them. I could not have been any closer (well, unless I was on stage with them). Because I could go on and on, I’ll keep it simple in point form.

- Heat was so intense sweat was poring off everyone, they even had a ‘mist tent’ set up so people could walk through and cool down.
- A band called The Baby Animals played first, I had not heard of them before and I thought they were good, very energetic and had a strong stage presence.
- Train came out and absolutely rocked my world. Lead singer Pat Monahan has a beautiful voice, strong stage presence and is very funny. He was doing some funky dance movies, making faces and cracking jokes.
- Train singer Pat Monahan jumped off the stage and walked around the crowd, he came past the front and he reached over for a high five so I of course took that opportunity!
- INXS came out in suits (I don’t know how they could handle it, it was so warm)
- They played a lot of classic songs and some of the Switch album. They did play a few mixed versions of old songs, but off the new album (remixed Orgional Sin) I was not pleased with this album but hearing the songs live and being caught in the moment made things seem different haha.
- They had a break, came back dressed in costumes. J.D Fortune was wearing a bull hat with horns, it looked funny but strangely cool at the same time (you had to be there)
- They played an absolutely moving version of Don’t Change which did make me quite emotional, and I could tell moved the crowd and even them while they preformed it.
- J.D throw Vodka over those of us in the front, it was refreshing hahh!

Night was amazing. :O

You can view some photos and videos from the links below, yay. ;p

Train Album, INXS Album, Youtube Profile (videos are slowly being uploaded)

Kya