30 Days of Lists, Last (List) Post for the Year!

Even though I got way behind this time, I enjoyed the 30 Days of Lists challenge, as I always do.  These are the last few I did – I got smart this time and included the original Instagram comment I posted, though I did white out the names of people who liked it (for their privacy).  I added a bit of commentary below that on some (it’s in blue).



(To reiterate, the above questions are not necessarily stupid *or* always tiresome – I just get asked all of them a LOT, no matter how publicly or often I answer them.  A couple I find flat out offensive.  Also:  most of the people who follow me on Instagram come to me via planner or 30 Days stuff, so they don’t usually have any idea I write novels.)





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Pimp My Planner: Whee! October Edition

Another mostly theme-less week – I got to switch from one month’s color scheme to the next, which was dorkily exciting.  I don’t often stick to the colors on the page, but inserts like Cocoa Daisy’s are already so beautifully coordinated it’s hard not to at least try to harmonize.

I’m always, always tweaking how I do things, not so much for the elusive “planner peace” as because it’s fun.  Making new stickers and finding awesome stamps and trying new layouts (either my own or someone else’s design) is a low-stakes, few-rules kind of creativity that I really enjoy.  Case in point, my endless quest to find a way to track my writing efforts for the week; I’ve used a full page, a box I put into the insert itself, and now a sticker that not only does the trick, it gives me a chance to use this enormous package of sticker blanks that didn’t work out for my Etsy shop.   (I’m not going to offer them for sale, obviously, because Snoopy is not my artwork.)

Naturally since I took this pic after I’d already started filling out the week, I had to black out a bit in that box.

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Fall Freebie: Harvest-Themed Planner Stickers

Hi all!  I’ve been working on these forever and finally got them sorted.  I wanted to do some Autumn stickers that would be useful in a variety of planners, so I started by making the usual vertical-layout Erin Condren style and then converted several into the horizontal layout.  Of course you could use them anywhere – I frequently use stickers designed for the Condren in my Filofax, especially the fun quotes and sayings you see everywhere.

As with all my stickers these are my own designs, and the drawings are my own artwork.  Most are decorative or list-making squares, but I also included some dividing strips for the horizontal Life Planner, which are apparently an important thing now for people who’ve converted to that layout.  They’d also be hella cute in place of washi.  Feel free to download and print them to your heart’s content, but they are for personal use only.

There are several ways to go about it:  if you have full-sheet label paper you can just print them, cut them out, and peel as you need them.  You could also print them on copy paper and run them through one of those gadgets that makes them sticky on the back.  Or, easiest of all, you can print them on regular paper, cut them out, and use a glue stick or other adhesive to just slap those puppies right on your page (requiring no monetary investment, assuming you already have a printer).

Enjoy!  Click on the image below to go to the download on Dropbox.

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30 Days of Lists, Catchup Week

As I mentioned, I got way behind, so I ended up skipping a few lists – my intention is to go back and do them after the month is done, but we’ll see if that actually happens.  Some of the ones I’ve done to catch up have been kind of half-assed, so I’m just going to post the ones I liked – if you want to see all of them and keep up with my daily silliness, go check me out on Instagram.

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On My To-Watch List

(I went with a “what all I’m going to watch this Fall season” rather than “stuff on my Netflix queue” or similar.)

  • iZombie
  • The Originals
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Doctor Who
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Flash
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Elementary
  • Arrow
  • Face Off
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Grimm
  • And possible newcomers:  Supergirl, Blind Spot, Con Man

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My Dream Job

Yeah, there’s pretty much only one thing on that list.

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Things I Learned This Week

  1. “Sow your wild oats” and “feeling your oats” are not related in origin.
  2. The term “branding” makes me irrationally stabbity both as it relates to animals and business.
  3. Elle King (new singer I’m loving) is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider.
  4. Best way to store asparagus is to treat it like a bouquet of flowers or fresh herbs.  (Big DUH moment.)
  5. Kidney beans contain a toxin that causes food poisoning if they are eaten undercooked.  Ha.  I knew those fuckers were evil.

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Make More…

  • meals at home
  • adult decisions
  • shrines
  • blog posts
  • Indian food
  • nifty Etsy items
  • challah

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Books That Make Me Cry

(If you follow my Facebook fan page you’ll remember me asking about this subject.)

  • Strands of Starlight by Gael Baudino
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey
  • Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

(I drew a blank after that.  Note, these are books that *have* made me cry – it’s been a while since I read the last two, and I have no idea if they’d still have such an effect.)

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Pimp My Planner, Quiet Bluegreen Edition

It’s been…kind of weird here for the last week.  I plan on writing about it at some point, or at least about what I’m learning about myself as a result of it, but right now let’s just say I’ve been ill, I’m gradually feeling better, and the fallout is (hopefully) going to be fairly important.

Unfortunately that means I’m way behind on everything – novel, Etsy orders, 30 Days of Lists, everything!  I’ve just gathered the wherewithal to get back to work in the last couple of days.  Hence the lateness of this post and the lack of 30 Days posts.

This week’s planner decor wasn’t really built around a fun theme, just my desire for something quiet and gentle.  The Desiderata (you know, the poem that starts “Go placidly amid the noise and haste…” that everyone wanted to believe was from a cemetery from the 1600s but was actually written in 1927) is one of my favorite pieces of literature, so when I saw I had a sticker that quoted it (although it does skip some stuff) I had to include it.  The Gorjuss girl you see is Rapunzel, and the image brought to mind how tangled we get in our own minds and the lengths to which we’ll go to hack through the Gordian knot of our own psyches.  Well, some of us.  A lot of people just get used to having hair in their mouths all the time.


A new 30 Days of Lists post is coming soon, along with some actual writing.  *laugh*

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